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Why Choose Buffalo Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments for emergency patients
- Minimally invasive approach helps preserve & protect the teeth
- Advanced technology leads to faster, more comfortable care
What constitutes a dental emergency?
- Are you in severe pain? Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
- Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth.
- Do you have loose teeth? Adults should never lose teeth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
- Do you have an infection? An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face.
- Are you bleeding from the mouth? This is a potential sign of an emergency.
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you or a loved one ever find yourselves dealing with an urgent dental problem, the best thing to do is reach out for professional care right away. This will help reduce any damage done to the teeth and prevent the issue from becoming much worse. When you contact our office, our experienced team will offer you first-aid tips over the phone and even schedule a same-day appointment if necessary. If you’re not able to see us right away, the following tips can help you gain control of any situation:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to dislodge anything that might be stuck between the teeth and causing the pain. If the toothache persists, or if it is already really bad, an OTC medication and cold compress can help provide temporary relief.
Gently rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it, and try to recover any large pieces of the tooth that you can, putting them in a safe container. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge that is irritating the inside of the mouth, it can be covered either with some sugarless gum or a bit of dental wax.
You need to move fast, as we can only save a fully dislodged tooth within a few hours of the initial accident. Call us immediately, find the tooth, give it a quick rinse, and try to place it back into its socket and keep it there until we can see you. If this isn’t feasible, hold it in the cheek or store it in a container with milk.
Find the restoration if you can, rinse off any debris, and attempt to place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste can help with this. If it won’t stay, put it in a safe container and avoid chewing with the tooth until we can see you.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them strong, decay-free, and resistant to breakage.
- Wear a protective mouthguard every time you participate in sports, whether or not the game involves contact.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open boxes or packaging—go grab the scissors!
- Don’t bite down on extremely hard things like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, etc.
- Visit The Buffalo Dental Group for routine checkups and cleanings so we can fix small problems before they turn into emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Treating a dental emergency is an unexpected expense for most families, so we always emphasize prevention as the best way to avoid these kinds of urgent problems. Should one pop up, however, it should be noted that there is no fixed cost for emergency dental care. We will base our treatment recommendations on the needs of the patient. Our goal will be to relieve any pain and do everything we can to preserve as much of the teeth as possible.