Dental emergencies seem to occur when we least expect them, many times at the most inconvenient moments. We understand when an emergency happens, such as a cracked tooth or painful toothache it can be quite stressful. Having a dentist available when you need him or her most can bring peace of mind and a sense of relief. At Brian E. Woodard DDS, we provide emergency dental care through same day and evening appointments to ensure our patients receive the care they need.
When an emergency occurs after normal business hours, you can call our after hours number where a qualified staff member will be available to address your emergency and get you scheduled as soon as possible. They can also provide recommendations for immediate care to help prevent any further injury. Addressing a dental emergency as soon as it occurs can help save your tooth and protect your long-term oral health.
Caring for Your Dental Emergency
In addition to calling our after hours number, below are tips to follow when a dental emergency occurs:
- Toothache: To alleviate discomfort, take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Ibuprofen. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply a cold compress on the outside of your jaw. Tooth pain is often the result of tooth decay or an infection. Depending on the severity of infection, we can provide a tooth-colored filling, dental crown, or root canal therapy.
- Chipped or Broken Tooth: This type of tooth damage can occur from a sports injury, a fall, or simply from eating a hard piece of candy. Wrap any tooth fragments in wet gauze or place them inside a container of milk or your own saliva. For any pain or dental sensitivity that follows, you can rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to your jaw, and take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). We offer a variety of treatments that can help repair your smile, such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or a dental crown.
- Loose or Knocked-out Tooth: For patients that undergo a severe facial injury and a tooth is loosened or knocked-out, following emergency protocol can help prevent further damage. For a tooth that is knocked-out, pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the roots. Rinse the tooth in warm water and try reinserting it into the socket and gently bite down. If you are unable to reinsert it, place the tooth in a container of milk or your saliva and bring the container with you to the appointment. The dentist will first try and salvage your natural tooth, but in cases where it is unable to be restored, we can restore your smile with a dental implant or dental bridge.
- Damaged Dental Work: If you have a dental filling or dental crown break or fall out, place the broken pieces in a clean container and call our office immediately. The doctor will reattach the crown with dental cement or apply fresh composite resin to restore the structural integrity of your tooth.
- Lodged Object Between Teeth: Apple skins, popcorn kernels, and other foods can sometimes get lodged between teeth and cause discomfort. In cases where tooth floss cannot dislodge the piece, we have the necessary tools available to remove the item and alleviate discomfort. When trying to dislodge the object, do not use anything other than dental floss or you may cause further damage.
Have a Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency during office hours, you can contact our Grove City, OH office online or reach us by calling (614) 875-9500. For dental emergencies that occur after hours, you can call our emergency number at (614) 935-3967and our team will do our best to schedule a same day or evening appointment to alleviate your discomfort.