Emergency Dentistry—Dunwoody, GA
Urgent Care Without the Wait
Dental emergencies, by their very nature, never happen at a convenient time. At one moment, it’s just a regular day, but then your child is complaining of an awful toothache, or one of your own teeth gets chipped or broken in an accident. Whatever the case may be, know that you can always reach out to Dr. Jeff Rodgers for the immediate care you need. Just give our office a call, and if necessary, we can schedule you for a same-day appointment so we can fix your problem without delay.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
While your first instinct may be to head to the ER in the case of severe dental pain, you’ll actually be much better off coming to our office instead. Dr. Rodgers and our team are specially trained and better equipped to handle urgent dental problems, and we’ll probably be able to see you sooner than the ER as well. In the meantime, here are a few tips on how to take control of some of the most common dental emergencies:
Rinse and floss around the tooth, as many toothaches are the result of a piece of food simply being stuck between the teeth. If this doesn’t help, then a cavity or crack in the enamel might be the cause. Take an OTC medicine, apply a cold compress to the face, and come see us as soon as you can.
Find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, and be sure to bring them to our office. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth so it doesn’t accidentally cut the inside of the mouth. You can use sugar-free gum to do this.
Knocked Out Tooth
Recover the tooth, don’t touch the root, and gently rinse it with water. Place the tooth under the tongue. This will keep it alive so we can replant it later. Try to come see us within an hour or so of the accident—this gives us the best possible chance of saving the tooth.
Rinse off the restoration with some water, and try to place it back onto your tooth. If it keeps falling off, a dab of toothpaste should help. Avoid chewing with that part of your mouth until you can visit us.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can be stressful and expensive to fix, so why not avoid them altogether? These simple tips will help you do just that:
- Like playing sports? Keep your teeth protected from unexpected impacts with a mouthguard.
- Preserve your teeth and don’t chew on hard items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packaging.
- Brush and floss every day and keep up with your six-month checkups. These practices will stop small problems before they can turn into big emergencies.
The Cost of Treating a Dental Emergency
Every dental emergency we see is different, so the cost for treatment can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their specific situation. One patient might just need a minor filling, while another may require a root canal and crown. When you come to see us, we’ll quickly discuss your options after we’ve gotten you out of pain. Dental insurance and our low-to-no interest financing can help make any treatment affordable
Dental Emergency FAQs
A dental emergency is a very unfamiliar situation for most people, so we completely understand if you have questions! Below, we’ve answered some of the most common emergency questions we receive, but if there is anything else you’d like to know, don’t hesitate to contact our team—we’re here to help you in any way that we can.
Should I still visit the emergency dentist even if my toothache goes away?
If you were experiencing a toothache because something was stuck between your teeth, but you were able to remove it, and now you feel fine, then you don’t need to come see us. However, if you had a toothache, and it “magically” went away on its own, this could mean that an infection is starting to attack the interior nerve of your tooth, which is a serious problem. Contact us right away in this situation, as waiting could allow harmful bacteria to do lasting damage.
One of my child’s baby teeth was knocked out. Do I need to visit an emergency dentist?
Yes! If a baby tooth is dislodged due to an accident, you should still bring your child to come see us right away. There may be damage to the surrounding teeth and gums that you can’t see, plus we might recommend that your child get a space maintainer. This will ensure that the surrounding teeth don’t drift into the gap and misalign over time.
I’m not sure if my situation counts as a dental emergency. What should I do?
If you’re experiencing any type of dental pain or oral problem, it’s wise to go ahead and give our office a call. We can help you determine whether or not you need immediate treatment as well as walk you through first-aid tips until you’re able to reach our office. It’s always better to be proactive rather than wait for an issue to become worse!
Which brand of athletic mouthguard is best?
While there are many types of mouthguards available online and in stores, by far the best option is a custom-made appliance from a dentist. These are specially-shaped based on an impression of a patient’s teeth so they can provide the highest level of protection as well as a secure fit. Most generic guards are “one-size-fits-all”, which means they can be extremely uncomfortable and may even interfere with breathing.
Will my dental insurance cover emergency dental care?
Most dental insurance plans offer at least partial coverage for emergency visits and restorative treatments that can be used to address urgent dental issues, such as fillings, crowns, extractions, and root canals. Every plan is different however, and we’ll help you go over your benefits so you’ll know exactly what kind of savings you’re entitled to.