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