Emergency Dentistry – Austin, TX
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When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, it can be hard to think about the right steps to take to stop the pain. Luckily, you have two caring, expert dentists at Avenue Dental that you can turn to when you need dental care as soon as possible. Dr. Wong and Dr. Caballero will do all they can to provide fast pain relief whenever necessary. Call us, and we’ll find room in our schedule to see you as soon as possible so that we can treat and repair your smile.
Why Choose Avenue Dental
for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same Day Emergency Appointments
- Advanced Technology for Better Care
- Dentists with 40 Years’ Combined Experience
How to Handle Common
Dental emergencies can range from severe tooth infections that were allowed to develop out of control to sudden traumatic accidents that leaves your smile with a few gaps in it. Your first step needs to be to call our office. On the phone, be sure to describe your symptoms to our team so that we can give you first-aid advice before your appointment. The following tips can help you get a better handle on the most common dental emergencies early on.
First of all, you need to rinse and floss to remove anything that might be stuck between your teeth. If the pain doesn’t go away after that, apply a bag of ice to the affected area and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Do not let the medicine touch the tooth or the gums. Be prepared for a root canal if we find an infection.
Look around for any broken pieces of the tooth and put them in a safe container if possible. To protect the damaged area, avoid biting or chewing hard or crunchy foods. If the tooth has a sharp or rough edge that irritates your gums, cover it with dental wax or a wet cotton ball. Most teeth can be fixed, but severely broken ones might need to be removed.
Try to get to our office within an hour or two; we can replant a knocked-out tooth, but there’s a limited window of opportunity to do so. Pick the tooth up by the end used for chewing, rinse it off, and put it back in its socket if you can. Otherwise keep it in milk or saltwater; you need to make sure it stays moist.
If the restoration is mostly intact, you can try to put it back on the tooth after rinsing it. Hold it in place by keeping your mouth closed. You can also use a dab of toothpaste for additional stability. Of course, it should go without saying that this is a temporary measure until we can apply a proper adhesive.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Get a mouthguard for any kind of sport or physical activity, even if there’s not a high chance of physical contact.
- Avoid placing hard items like pens and pencils in your mouth.
- Use scissors to open packages and remove tags; do not use your teeth.
- Brush and floss every day so that the enamel and the surrounding gum tissue stay clean and healthy.
- Visit us for routine checkups and cleanings so that small oral issues don’t turn into big ones.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Once you’re past the pain of a dental emergency, you might start to worry about how much your treatment will cost. Some issues can be taken care of with a minor filling while others might require a root canal. We’ll be sure to go over all of your options and the costs associated with them so that you know what to expect when it’s time to pay. Our team will help file a claim with your insurance company to make sure that you save as much as possible on your care.
The hinges connecting the lower jaw to the skull are called the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short. Like any joints, they can become misaligned or injured, leading to pain in the jaw, head, or face. In extreme cases, you might not be able to move your mouth properly. We don’t just treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder; we diagnose it to get to the root of the problem and treat it so that you can return to enjoying a pain-free lifestyle.