Emergency Dentistry - Northwest OKC
Your OKC Emergency Dentist Saving Smiles
You can’t always plan for when you will need dental care. If an emergency arises outside of your regularly-scheduled checkups and cleanings, know you can count on Dr. Crowley and the team at Bluff Creek Dental to provide urgent dental care. Call us as soon as possible and we’ll schedule a time for you to come in, and have you back to smiling again in no time.
Types of dental emergencies
If you’re in pain or have a damaged tooth, reach out to our team immediately. We’ll help you to assess the situations, walk you through first aid steps, and schedule an appointment for you to see us as soon as possible. The most serious dental emergencies are things like facial trauma or severe toothache. Anything that impacts your ability to maintain your regular daily routine. Some of the most common situations we treat as emergencies include:
- A tooth that is knocked out or dislodged
- Broken tooth
- Severe toothache or abscessed (infected) tooth
- Foreign object lodged between teeth
- Broken dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.)
Treating Dental Emergencies
When you call our dental office, one of our team members will help you to relieve pain, slow bleeding, and ensure safety until you reach our office. Some of the first aid and pain management basics to keep in mind include during dental emergencies:
- Cleanliness – rinse out your mouth and rinse off any dislodged pieces of tooth or dental restoration. Use cool water and be gentle. Don’t rub, scrub, or use oral hygiene products unless directed to do so.
- Cold – cold compresses will help you to prevent swelling, relieve pain, and slow the flow of blood. You should apply an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time (20 on and 20 off).
- Pain relief – take over the counter pain relievers as necessary to reduce discomfort, but don’t place an aspirin directly onto the tooth as this can damage soft tissue.
- Damaged teeth – if all or part of a tooth is broken, retrieve the tooth, dental restoration, or broken pieces. If possible, replace your knocked out tooth or restoration in the vacated socked. If not, keep the tooth or restoration pieces safe until you reach our office. Storing teeth in a container of milk or water is the best way to protect them and ensure the greates chances for successful restoration.
While you can’t always prevent dental emergencies, taking the time to brush and floss each day, visiting our office twice a year for checkups, and using protective mouthguards during sports events are great ways to reduce your risk for dental emergency. We invite patients in Northwest OKC, Edmond, Deer Creek, Yukon, Mustang, Moore, Norman, and Midwest City to count on us for emergency dentistry services! If you have broken a bone or experience heavy bleeding that does not slow or stop after 10 minutes of consistent pressure, head straight to the emergency room. We’ll be happy to work with you and other medical professionals to ensure you receive the care you need to get the smile back on your face.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Dealing with a damaged, infected or missing tooth can be incredibly stressful. It’s important to learn as much as you can about potential emergencies well before you actually need to respond to one. Here are the answers to some questions that your emergency dentist in Northwest OKC has often received.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
It can sometimes be hard to tell whether or not an issue in your mouth really needs urgent attention, but generally speaking if you’re experiencing severe discomfort, sudden swelling or have noticed uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth, you should call our practice as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Also, if a tooth has been broken or knocked out, it should be considered a time sensitive emergency, even if it doesn’t hurt. If you have any doubts over whether or not a problem is serious, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry; small health issues can easily become larger ones without treatment.
Will I Need to Have My Tooth Extracted?
While extractions are a routine dental procedure, they’re always a last resort. If we can save a tooth –whether it’s by reinforcing it with a dental crown or removing an infection via root canal – we will always try to do so before removing it. Sometimes, however, the damage is just too extensive and irreparable, and leaving the tooth in might lead to worse health problems than removing it. We’ll always perform a thorough examination of your tooth and consider all of the available options before we make a recommendation.
What Should I Do If My Dental Pain Goes Away?
Sometimes a toothache can go away on its own, but that doesn’t mean the problem is solved; in fact, it might just be the prelude to something worse! When a tooth has been affected, the bacteria attack the nerves inside the pulp, which is where the pain comes from. Once the nerves have been destroyed, the pain stops, but the infection will then spread to the jawbone. If that happens, you’ll be in serious danger of losing your teeth; that’s not even getting into the risk of the infection spreading even further. For this reason, you should always call your dentist for a toothache that lasts longer than a couple of days, even if it stops hurting after a while.
Will I Need a Dental X-Ray?
An X-ray is extremely useful during an emergency because it can show us what’s happening under your teeth in gums, which is important information when planning treatment. We might see a dark area on the root indicating that there’s an infection, or we could find fractures and cavities that we wouldn’t be able to see with a simple visual inspection. Finally, sometimes a cyst in the mouth will only be visible with the use of a special X-ray.
If I Can’t Get Ahold of My Dentist, Should I Go to the ER?
If an emergency is time sensitive (such as a knocked out tooth that needs to be replanted within an hour) and you can’t contact our office for whatever reason, an emergency room might be your best bet. You should also call the ER if there’s a life-threatening issue, such as swelling that’s making it hard to breathe or swallow, or a fractured jaw.