Emergency Dentist – Las Vegas, NV
Easing Your Pain & Fixing Your Smile
Without the right people by your side, dealing with a dental emergency can be stressful, scary, and painful. At Summerlin Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, our team’s goal is to ease your discomfort and repair your smile quickly and effectively, so you don’t have to spend your day worrying. Whether you have a severe toothache, knocked-out tooth, or a broken restoration, we’re equipped and prepared to handle every dental emergency. As soon as you contact our office, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule your appointment for as soon as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In the face of an emergency, it can be difficult to act quickly and with a clear mind, which is why we offer over-the-phone guidance for our patients who aren’t sure what to do. Here are some additional tips on how to handle a situation once you’ve called our office and scheduled your emergency appointment.
These can be a sign of a problem as simple as a lodged popcorn kernel, or as severe as an infection. First, try gently maneuvering dental floss around the affected area to remove any debris. If your pain persists, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution and take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease any discomfort.
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to visit our office that same day, or just in a timely manner. If your broken tooth has created a sharp edge that is irritating your cheek or lip, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over it. If you’re able to, bring your broken off piece of tooth to your appointment with you.
This situation requires fast action. Try to reach our office within an hour so we have a greater chance of replanting your tooth in its socket. In the meantime, gently retrieve your knocked-out tooth off the ground, only handling it by the biting surface. Gently rinse it under cool water and place it in a container full of milk or salt water to keep it moist. Be sure to bring it with you to your appointment.
If your restoration is still intact, you can temporarily reinsert it in your mouth by using a small dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste to keep it in place. However, you’ll still need to have it replaced or repaired in order to avoid any additional damage.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Even though emergencies can’t completely be avoided, there are some precautionary measures you can take to make sure that you don’t experience one. These include:
- Keeping up with your dental hygiene routine
- Maintaining a nutritious diet
- Avoiding sticky, hard, and chewy foods
- Wearing mouth protection while playing sports
- Breaking bad oral habits like nail-biting and teeth grinding
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your appointment will depend on what type of treatment you need, which can only be determined once our emergency dentist, Dr. West, has examined the damage. We’ll walk you through any possible treatment choices you may have and discuss payment options with you. Our team is more than happy to prepare insurance claims for you and make sure that you get the high-quality care you deserve.
Dental Emergency FAQs
One of the best ways to be prepared for a dental emergency is to have as many answers ahead of time as possible. That’s why we’ve gathered a few of the most common questions about urgent dental care below for your convenience. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for or aren’t sure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us for the information you need!
When Is a Toothache a Dental Emergency?
Any tooth pain is reason enough to schedule an appointment with your Las Vegas dentist. However, some toothaches are indicators of a much larger, more serious underlying issue that needs immediate attention. Call your emergency dentist right away if:
- Your tooth is very painful for more than a day.
- The painful tooth is darker than your other teeth.
- There’s a small, pimple-like bump on the gums near your painful tooth.
- Your gums are puffy, sore, and bleeding and your tooth feels loose.
- There’s swelling in your mouth, face, neck, or jaw.
Can I Take Pain Relievers If I’m Having a Dental Emergency?
While pain relievers can provide much-needed temporary relief during a dental emergency, they’re certainly not a substitute for the professional dental care needed to treat the source of your discomfort. If you have bleeding in your mouth, remember not to take pain medication that contains aspirin or ibuprofen. Both of these medications act as blood thinners, which could potentially make your bleeding worse.
Do I Still Need to Visit an Emergency Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?
Just because your tooth suddenly stops hurting doesn’t mean the issue that was causing it has gone away. In fact, numbness in a tooth could potentially indicate that the nerve has been severely damaged or infected. Even if it no longer hurts, your tooth could be in danger of falling out, and the damage or bacteria may spread to the nearby teeth. Let us know right away if your tooth has gone numb or suddenly stopped hurting so we can schedule your appointment right away.
How Can I Tell If I Should Visit an Emergency Dentist?
Not every dental emergency is as easy to identify as a broken or knocked-out tooth. While some dental emergencies are the result of a sudden injury or accident, others slowly buildup over a long period of time because of poor oral hygiene or bad chewing habits. If you’re not sure if your situation counts as an emergency or not, give us a call anyways. We’ll help you assess your situation over the phone and determine how urgently you need care. Once we’ve scheduled your appointment accordingly, we’ll give you personalized first-aid tips to help you manage your symptoms until you can reach our office.
When Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?
Did you know most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff? As such, they’ll be able to stabilize your dental emergency, but you’ll likely still need to see your dentist afterwards. Bringing your urgent dental situation to us instead will almost always save you time, money, and discomfort. However, there are certainly situations where you should go to the emergency room first. We’ll be happy to repair your smile after the local ER has stabilized conditions such as:
- Dislocated or broken jaw.
- Bleeding in the mouth that hasn’t stopped after 10 minutes.
- Swelling in the face, neck, or jaw that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe.