There are many reasons that patients need an emergency dentist. We find that a dental emergency can strike at any time. Dr. Vanek and our staff at Vanek Dentistry will try to accommodate any last minute appointment requests so that the patient does not have to continue struggling with oral pain. If you have a toothache or a major dental emergency, please call us right away.
Do I need Emergency Dentistry?
If you answer yes to any of these questions then Yes, please call us so we can see you as quickly as possible.
- Are you suffering pain when you brush, rinse or floss?
- Have you knocked out a tooth?
- Do you have a Gum, Tongue or Cheek injury that will not stop bleeding?
- Have you Chipped, Cracked or Broken a tooth?
- Have you lost a Filling or a Crown?
- Do you have a loose tooth?
- Do you have an abscess?
The Emergency Dentist Process
How we deal with your dental emergency depends on the issue you are having. Our number one priority is to relieve your pain, we will often supply you with pain medication during your visit and prescribe you with medication to take at home to reduce pain or infections.
Common Emergency Treatment Options
When a tooth has fallen out…
If your tooth has been knocked out, try to find it. Once located, rinse the tooth under warm water without scrubbing it. Next, place it in a cup of milk and bring it with you to your dental appointment. We will try to save the tooth, if possible. If not, Dr. Vanek will discuss options for replacing the tooth. This may include dentures, a dental bridge or dental implants.
When a tooth is broken…
As long as the tooth structure remains in place, we can typically correct it with various dental treatment options. There are multiple ways that we can restore a patient’s teeth. Some of which include dental veneers and a dental crown. Both are excellent options and can restore your tooth to full functionality while keeping it natural looking. As an emergency dental facility, we can provide you with information on what your options are and the best way to restore your tooth while achieving the goals that you have for your smile.
When a tooth is infected…
As an emergency dentist, we will assess the situation and inform you of where the infection is and the best way to quickly treat it. Our job is to keep you comfortable, healthy and pain-free. Patients trust us to remove infections and keep their teeth and gums in excellent oral health. Whether fixing a general cavity or treating a dental abscess, we make it possible for a tooth to be free from infection and pain. Dr. Vanek can resolve the issue in a way that keeps patients comfortable during any necessary procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap — use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the Emergency Dentist immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
Contact your emergency dental office as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.
What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
Contact your Dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.
What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
You need immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that an emergency medical team might be able to reach you faster than you can get to the hospital. A severe head injury can be life-threatening.
What if my child has a toothache?
Call our office immediately. Over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed according to your child’s weight and age, might ease the symptoms. You may apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the face in the area of the pain, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.