Emergency Dentistry

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When you have a dental emergency, it can put your oral health and even your overall health at risk. You may experience severe symptoms, such as discomfort and bleeding or suffer significant cosmetic damage to your teeth. Acting quickly to address dental emergencies is essential to positive outcomes. Our office’s schedule is arranged to accommodate emergency appointments, so if you’re experiencing a dental emergency call our office as soon as possible for further guidance and direction.

Types Of Dental Emergencies

Patients may experience a variety of different dental emergencies. These can include severe toothaches, which can indicate the presence of an abscess or another infection. You may also notice accompanying symptoms like persistent bad breath or products of infection, such as pus.

Pain at the rear of your jaw may suggest a problem with impacted wisdom teeth if you’ve never had those teeth extracted. This can also become an emergency situation.

Facial trauma is another common cause of dental emergencies. Broken or dislodged teeth, as well as fractured bones, should be addressed as quickly as possible for optimal outcomes.

Any of the above situations warrants a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.

Why Having A “Dental Home” Is Beneficial In Emergency Situations

Although our office is able to see new patients in emergency situations, it’s highly beneficial to the patient to already be established with a dentist in cases of emergency dental care. A dentist who is already familiar with your baseline will be able to more accurately assess the emergency situation and plan for the treatment that will best meet your needs.

Additionally, if you have a dental home and receive routine care on a regular basis, you’ll actually reduce your risk of experiencing some types of dental emergencies, such as abscesses. Semi-annual exams give your dentist an opportunity to diagnose and treat oral diseases well before they cause urgent symptoms and present as a crisis situation.

How To Obtain Emergency Dental Care

If you experience any of the symptoms described above, call our office immediately for further direction. We have a 24-hour answering service, and a member of our team will get back to you if you call after standard business hours. We’ll discuss the problem with you and schedule the next available appointment for you. In some cases, we may direct you to seek care at your local emergency room.

There is a notable exception to this process. If you feel that your symptoms are so severe that you need to go to your local emergency room for care, please do so. This may be necessary particularly in cases of facial trauma or injuries causing persistent bleeding. The team that stabilizes you in the ER will likely direct you to follow up with your dentist, and at that point you can call us to schedule any additional appointments that are recommended.

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Common Emergency Dentistry Questions
What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a condition related to your oral health that is causing severe symptoms that are disruptive to your life. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to, severe toothaches and facial injuries resulting in damaged teeth, broken bones, lacerated soft tissues or any combination of those. If you are questioning whether you are experiencing a dental emergency, we encourage you to call our office to see what kind of care is recommended.

Do I need emergency dental care?

We generally tell patients who are experiencing dental symptoms severe enough to interfere with their daily routines to contact our office regarding emergency dental care. However, if there is any question in your mind as to whether you are experiencing a true dental emergency, it’s better to call us than wait to see what happens. Patients should always err on the side of caution in cases of possible dental emergencies.

What if I break a tooth?

If you break a tooth, call our office as soon as possible to obtain professional treatment. If there is a delay between when you call and when you can be seen at our office, we will give you instructions about how to handle the situation until you have your appointment.

Here are the steps to take if you’ve broken a tooth:

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water to keep the site clean.
  • If there is bleeding along with the injury, apply pressure to the spot using clean gauze.
  • Apply an ice pack outside of the mouth (over the cheek or lips) at the site of the broken tooth to reduce swelling.
  • Cover any jagged edges of the tooth, which could harm soft oral tissues, using dental wax.
  • Take an over-the-counter painkiller if you’re experiencing discomfort.
How can I prepare for a dental emergency?

We truly hope that you never experience a dental emergency, and if you are a patient at our practice, we will work closely with you to minimize your risk. However, it is better to be prepared and never have an emergency than to have an emergency and not be prepared.

You can gather a dental first-aid kit at home. This may include the following supplies: gauze, ice packs, a tooth preservation solution, along with a small container with a lid, and a topical dental pain relief product, such as Orajel®. You should also have your dentist’s phone number inside of the dental first-aid kit so that it is easily accessible to you in case of emergency.

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Dr. Nish Kapadia | Richardson Family Dentistry | Richardson TX
Dr. Nish Kapadia

Dr. Nish Kapadia knows that many people may feel apprehensive about going to the dentist due to innate fear or past traumatic dental experiences, and this is very common! Our goal is to provide gentle, comfortable care with compassion, understanding, and respect for your feelings. We offer dental sedation options as well as relaxing patient amenities to help you feel at home in our Richardson dental office and at ease in our care. The Richardson Family Dentistry team would like to invite you to experience the difference at our practice while restoring yourself to optimal dental health!

Dr. Kapadia is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Society. When he is not practicing dentistry or attending dental continuing education courses, he enjoys running, biking and cooking. Dr. Kapadia is an avid Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Texas Longhorns fan.

Dr. Kapadia takes pride in helping others. He is excited about giving back to Richardson, TX, the community in which he was raised. Dr. Kapadia is truly your Richardson Dentist!