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.