Emergency Dentistry – Richardson, TX
Got a Dental Emergency? Call Our Dental Office!
If you wake up one morning and your tooth is in severe pain, what do you do first? Call your general practitioner? Go to the emergency room? The fact of the matter is many people don’t realize that dentists are the best equipped to help you when a tooth is experiencing severe discomfort or has sustained damage after an accident. At Hamid Mirsepasi, DDS, we’re ready to get you out of pain and ensure that your oral health stays in a positive condition. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, whether it’s caused by tooth decay or trauma, call our dental office for emergency dentistry in Richardson!
Why Choose Hamid Mirsepasi, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Nitrous Oxide Available for Improved Comfort
- Gentle, Caring, and Accommodating Dentist and Team
- Dental Restorations Crafted by Expert Prosthodontist
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you should always start by giving Dr. Mirsepasi a call. When you do, you’ll get a chance to schedule an emergency appointment and ideally see him the same day. Until then, it’s important that you understand the best steps to take depending on the type of emergency you’re having. Below, you’ll learn exactly what you should do before your visit, whether you’re dealing with a damaged tooth or a completely knocked-out one.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. If you still experience discomfort, take ibuprofen. In addition to trauma, dental pain can also be caused by untreated decay or an oral infection, both of which can be resolved at our dental office.
Any pieces of teeth that you can find should be brought to our dental office. Use a cold compress to reduce facial swelling, removing and reapplying every 10 minutes to avoid damaging your skin. Take ibuprofen as needed. When you arrive, we’ll design a restoration that effectively restores your tooth, assuming that it isn’t too damaged.
Do your best to locate the tooth. Pick it up by the crown (top) portion and do not touch the root. Avoid removing any tissue that’s still attached to the root. After rinsing the tooth of any debris with cool water, rinse your mouth out with water as well and place the tooth back into its socket. If this isn’t possible, keep it in a container with milk, saltwater or saliva and get to our dental office as soon as you can.
Lost Filling / Crown
If you still have the filling or crown, rinse your mouth out with warm water and use an adhesive to reseat the restoration temporarily. Good adhesives include dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if you’re in a pinch. This is not a permanent solution, and your restoration will likely need to be replaced if it is particularly old.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
One of the most effective ways to prevent dental emergencies is to practice daily oral care and commit to routine exams and cleanings at our dental office! Consistent brushing and flossing helps you prevent plaque and tartar buildup, while professional cleanings and exams make sure that minor problems are caught and treated early. Of course, if you grind your teeth while you sleep or participate in contact sports, you’re going to need additional protection (i.e. a nightguard or sportsguard).
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Until we know exactly what’s going on inside your mouth, we won’t know what the cost of resolving your issue will be. For example, stopping minor tooth pain may require a dental filling or root canal therapy depending on the extent of the damage. Our dental office will work with you to finance your care however possible. After all, the last thing you should do is put off treatment and let your emergency go unresolved. An untreated small dental emergency if left untreated will progress into a more extensive and expensive dental problem.