Need an Emergency Dentist in Cincinnati?
Do you have a dental emergency? Don’t panic. The first thing you should do is call us. If you need an emergency dentist, our Cincinnati area office is very flexible. We tend to keep a few appointment spaces open each day for dental emergencies, because you can’t predict when accidents happen. We’ll get you in as soon as we can, and in the meantime, the staff at our family dentistry practice is always happy to give you tips over the phone to stay comfortable while you wait to get into our office.
Quick Tips for DIY Emergency Dental Care While You Wait
If you break a tooth or it falls out, try to save it if you can. Soak it in milk. We may be able to reattach it. In most cases, we can repair a chipped tooth with a simple (and painless!) dental bonding procedure.
Whatever the emergency, if you are feeling any pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medications for relief. Cold compresses may also help. Drinking warm peppermint tea can be soothing and relaxing.
Any time you have an exposed socket and you’re waiting to see an emergency dentist, even if it’s just for a few hours, you need to keep the area clean. Salt water rinses and hydrogen peroxide rinses can both delay bacteria from infesting the area. Cotton balls soaked in vanilla extract or garlic and placed gently on area can do the same, and can also relieve the pain some.
Most dental emergencies don’t pose any immediate health risks, but they should still be dealt with as soon as possible because they will worsen over time. If left too long, they may develop a serious infection that may even be life-threatening in extreme cases. And not every dental emergency is painful, especially in cases of a root canal complication or a filling that fell out. If your filling fell out but you’re feeling no pain, call us anyway. We still need to see you. A cracked or broken filling means an exposed tooth. We’ll need to fix it.
Friendly Advice from Your Cincinnati Emergency Dentist at BSFD
How do you know if you have a dental emergency? And how bad is it? When it comes to your mouth, if it doesn’t seem normal, it probably isn’t. It never hurts to call an emergency dentist near you, or a family dentist near you (we’re both!) to get an educated opinion. The health of your mouth is integral to the health of your whole body, so when it comes to dental care, don’t leave things to chance. Let’s discuss some symptoms that require a call to an emergency dentist, and what you and/or your dentist should do to intervene:
What Does a Swollen Face Mean?
If your face is swollen, it may be the result of an infected tooth. See a dentist right away. An infected tooth will create a cyst, or area where the infection will fester and grow, and eventually it will spread past the infected tooth. Any infections in the lower face and mouth can easily infiltrate your jaw and damage muscles and bone in the area. If ignored for too long, an infected tooth can even become fatal. No, really. A fun historical fact: In ancient Greece, people were so afraid of what they’d look like with a missing tooth that they would leave infected, rotting teeth in their mouths, packing them with mustard and herbs to try and stop the infection. This rarely worked, so people would end up dying when they could have simply had a tooth extraction. Infections require medical interventions like antibiotics, tooth extractions and even root canals. So call your family dentist or emergency dentist immediately; a swollen face means there’s already an infection. In the meantime, drink plenty of fluids, as dehydration can complicate the infection. Also, avoid sleeping totally lying down – prop your head up with pillows, making sure to always keep your head above your heart.
Did you Knock a Tooth Out?
If you knocked out a permanent tooth, you’ll need to get a dental implant to fill the space where the root is planted in the gum. If you can plant the tooth back into place within an hour (just stick it back in yourself), it may take. You will probably still need a root canal, but at least it can be done on your original tooth. Replacing a tooth with an implant and implant crown isn’t just about aesthetics. The root of your tooth is just as important as the part of the tooth that sits above the gum line. If you’ve knocked a tooth out, an implant is the best way to replace it, because the implant replaces the root and the implant crown replaces the tooth. You basically get a complete tooth replacement (unlike dentures or tooth veneers) that preserves the health of your jaw and other teeth. So see a dentist immediately once you’ve knocked your tooth out.
In Case of a Broken, Cracked or Chipped Tooth
Have a cracked or broken filling? Need a chipped tooth repaired? If the damage to your filling is small, you’ll need a new filling, but if it’s too big you may need an entire crown. If your tooth is chipped, we can repair it with dental bonding. But if it’s cracked all the way through, you’ll need a tooth extraction and then an implant to replace it. Call your dentist. They might not be able to get you in right away, but you’ve got some time. The first appointment will probably be a consultation and the second will be the treatment. Sometimes a filling falls out and there’s no pain, so you might be thinking, how long can I wait after my filling fell out? The answer is, just don’t. Your filling was there for a reason: it protects the cavity, root and nerve. Even if it wasn’t painful when the filling fell out, it still needs fixed.
When you call your emergency dentist in Cincinnati, give them as much detailed information as possible. Try to tell them how much of the tooth broke off and what tooth. Better yet, send them a photo and maybe even an email with a detailed description.
Are You Looking for an Emergency Dentist Near You? Call Us!
If you need an emergency dentist, give us a call or fill out our online contact form, even if you’ve never been in to see us before. Beckham Square Family Dental is currently accepting new patients. We practice gentle dentistry to families in the Sharonville and Cincinnati areas. We pay special attention to the comfort levels of our patients, because we understand that dental care and dental cleanings aren’t easy for everyone. We use the latest innovations in numbing and dentistry technologies to make your visit as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
We are a comprehensive family dental clinic that serves the entire family. No matter your dental need, we are your one-stop dental care solution. We do regular dental cleanings and checkups, as well as emergency dentistry, dental bonding, implant crowns, root canals, and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers. Our patients are our family. Come see us soon!
Let’s Revisit Some Home Remedies for a Toothache:
If your broken or chipped tooth hurts, there are several ways you can effectively relieve the pain at home before seeing a dentist for chipped tooth repair. First, try placing an ice pack on the outside of your cheek near the area that hurts. You could also try applying clove oil — available at most pharmacies and even the grocery store. Drinking mildly warm peppermint tea may also help. Over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen will also provide relief. You might try swishing gently with mildly warm salt water. You can also soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract or cut a garlic clove and place it on the affected area. These can help to kill any infection in the cracked tooth.
If you have a dental emergency, or even think you might, give us a call right away. We’ll get you in as soon as we can, and we’ll give you the best and most comfortable dental care available.