Emergency Dentist – Buckhead, GA
Quick Pain Relief When You Need It
Emergency situations are no laughter matter, especially when they involve your vulnerable smile. If you or a loved one is experiencing a severe oral injury or pain located in the area, don’t hesitate – please contact Dr. Jane Puskas and her experienced staff here in Buckhead right away. Our doctors will do everything we can to see emergency cases as soon as possible, and we can also provide helpful instruction over the phone for how to stabilize and even improve your condition in in the interim.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
While the first thing you should do in the event of an urgent dental situation is contact your emergency dentist in Buckhead, sometimes that’s not always possible right away. In the meantime, here are some tips for dealing with common dental emergencies:
Rinse your mouth with saltwater and floss around the area to eliminate the possibility that a stray piece of food or debris is causing your discomfort. If your pain persists, take an over-the-counter medication, but don’t place it directly on the gum tissue, as that can cause irritation.
Collect any larger pieces of the tooth and bring them with you to your appointment. Minimize pain and swelling by applying a cold compress to your cheek in ten-minute intervals.
Pick up the tooth by its crown, or the portion that’s normally visible in your mouth. Gently rinse off the crown while leaving the root part as untouched as possible. Try to place the tooth back into its socket. If you can’t, store it in your cheek pocket or a container of milk until you can reach us. Getting to our office within the hour will maximize your chances of successfully replanting the tooth.
Locate the restoration and give it a careful rinse. Use a dab of dental cement, petroleum jelly, or toothpaste to temporarily place it back on the tooth. Avoid chewing with that area of your mouth until you can see us for a more permanent reattachment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Many dental emergencies can actually be prevented by attending dental checkups and cleanings with us at least twice a year. At these appointments, we can spot early warning signs that might lead to infections before they become emergencies.
It also helps to adhere to a regular oral hygiene regimen. Brush your teeth every morning and every night, and floss at least once daily. Rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash can also reduce your risk of dental infections.
Lastly, wear a mouthguard if you play sports. This durable plastic tray protects your teeth in the event of an injury. Since a significant portion of dental injuries are related to sports, it’s definitely worth it to protect your pearly whites by wearing a mouthguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because dental emergencies differ from patient to patient, no two people will end up paying the same amount for treatment. For example, while a mild oral infection might only require a prescription of antibiotics, a broken tooth may need to be extracted and replaced, which racks up a higher price. No matter the cost of your treatment, though, you should never put off getting the care you need. Oral health problems like infections or damaged teeth only worsen the longer you avoid treatment, causing higher costs in the future. Rest assured that our team will do everything in our power to reduce your cost of treatment as much as we can.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Do you still have questions about what you should do if you need urgent care from your emergency dentist in Buckhead? Luckily, you don’t have to deal with the stress of this situation by yourself. Our skilled and friendly team of dental professionals can walk you through basic first aid over the phone and schedule an appointment to get you out of pain as soon as possible. For your convenience, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about dental emergencies in the section below.
How Do I Know If I Have a True Dental Emergency?
Many people hesitate to contact an emergency dentist because they don’t believe their problem really “counts” as an emergency. However, putting off treatment for a smaller issue could cause it to spiral into a larger problem down the road. Call our office right away if you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- Do you experience severe pain when biting or chewing?
- Is there a sore on your tongue, gums, or other oral tissue that hasn’t healed within two weeks?
- Are your teeth visibly damaged?
- Do you have a pimple-like bump on your gums?
- Are your gums swollen?
- Have your gums changed in color?
What’s the Best Way to Manage My Pain?
Tooth pain can be excruciating and can prevent you from focusing on daily tasks like working, eating, and sleeping. Many patients find that it can help to apply a topical pain reliever, such as Orajel, to the gums surrounding a hurting tooth. Common over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, and holding a cold compress to your cheek for 10 minutes at a time can also reduce pain and mitigate swelling.
Keep in mind, though, that these are only temporary solutions. Be sure to call us so we can address the root of your pain.
Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?
Unlike many general health problems, like the common cold, oral health issues usually only get worse the longer you avoid getting them treated. This is why you should contact us as soon as the issue arises.
A severe toothache that suddenly goes away is often a sign of infection. The numbness is often the result of the infection rendering the tooth “dead” by preventing the nerve from being able to relay pain signals to the brain. If it isn’t treated, the infection could spread to the rest of your mouth and even other areas of your body.
What Should I Do If I Have an Emergency and I Can’t Reach My Regular Dentist?
For more urgent emergencies such as a broken or knocked-out tooth or an extreme toothache, find the nearest emergency dentist immediately. In these situations, time is of the essence. Smaller situations, like a slightly chipped tooth or a damaged crown, can usually wait until you can reach us to be treated.