Emergency Dentistry - Bullard, TX
In Pain? Call Us Now!
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, causing significant panic and pain. If you or a family member has badly damaged a tooth or is experiencing oral pain with no known cause, reach out to the Bullard dental office of Tad Morgan, DDS right away to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment! Our team will make time to see you as soon as we possibly can, and additional first-aid assistance can be provided over the phone, as well as a recommendation for whether or not to proceed to your nearest emergency room. Our Bullard practice is open to patients from Mixon, TX and surrounding areas. Please don’t hesitate to call us whenever you need help with dental damage or discomfort. Our Bullard dentist and dentistry team members are always happy to help you get the smile back on your face fast.
What is a Dental Emergency?
What exactly constitutes a dental emergency? If you’re unsure, here are some of the most common scenarios we see where urgent care may be needed:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken/cracked tooth
- Broken/lost crown or filling
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Foreign object lodged between teeth
- Oral bleeding
- Injured jaw/bite
- Injured gum tissue
What Should I do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
When you call our team during a dental emergency, we’ll walk you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone. However, some basics you may want to consider include:
- Clean any damaged areas or pieces of tooth with cool water. Be gentle and avoid removing tissue.
- If you have a knocked out tooth or piece of tooth, you should try to replace it in its socket whenever possible. If you can’t replace the tooth, store it in a container of water or milk until you reach our office.
- If you’re experiencing bleeding due to soft tissue injury, use gauze or clean cloth to apply gentle pressure. If this doesn’t stop blood flow, you may also want to use an ice pack or cold compress.
- Using an ice pack at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off) is also a great way to relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Take over the counter pain relievers as directed to reduce discomfort, but do not apply an aspirin or other pain reliever directly to your tooth.
How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
In some cases, dental emergencies are unavoidable, but there are some habits you can change and behaviors you can avoid to reduce your risk, including:
- Brush and floss teeth carefully each day to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other common oral health issues.
- Visit our office two times each year for preventive dentistry appointments to help you avoid the need for more advanced restorative dentistry solutions.
- Wear mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during athletic competition or from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Do not use teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
- Do not chew on ice, fingernails, or other hard objects.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals often come with the reputation that they’re uncomfortable. However, the reality is that we use root canal therapy to get patients out of pain rather than put them in it. In fact, before root canal therapy, the only option for pain relief from an infection was a complete extraction! Thankfully, Dr. Morgan has extensive training and experience that allows him to perform root canals that save teeth. Read on to learn more about this amazing dental service.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
Are you still curious about emergency dentistry? For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tad Morgan. However, you may like to do your own research, or you’re on a busy schedule, which is why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Read on to get the information you need!
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Usually, toothaches won’t go away on their own. That’s why you should always call our office to schedule a checkup just in case. There are many potential causes of your pain, which is why seeing a professional is so important. During your checkup, we can catch underlying problems before they grow more severe. In some cases, it could be the difference between saving and extracting your tooth. Sometimes, pain surrounding the tooth in the gums will go away on its own, but it’s always better to contact us to ensure your health.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
Unfortunately, most emergency rooms do not have the equipment to address dental issues. That said, there are 3 main dental emergencies that require an immediate trip to an urgent care facility:
- Jaw fractures and dislocations
- Serious facial wounds or cuts
- An abscess or infection that alters your breathing
In almost all other situations, it’s best to visit a dentist’s office. They will have the knowledge and technology to get you out of pain and back to smiling.
Do chipped teeth heal?
While enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it cannot regrow or heal itself. At best, teeth can “remineralize,” which sometimes occurs when there is slight decay. The only way to repair a chipped tooth is to visit a dentist. Dr. Morgan provides amazing cosmetic and restorative treatments to correct chipped and cracked teeth. Depending on your specific chip, he will normally recommend dental bonding or a dental crown.
Are knocked-out baby teeth a dental emergency?
Baby teeth are meant to come out, so don’t try to place them back in your child’s mouth if one does get knocked out. That said, a baby’s tooth can come out too soon, which is why you should schedule an appointment with our office just to make sure there is no damage. Permanent teeth can erupt too early if a baby tooth is lost too soon, causing various issues like misalignment. If your son or daughter’s bleeding doesn’t stop, or you believe they hurt their jaw, visit the emergency room right away.
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
If you have tooth pain at night, keep your head elevated. This will prevent blood from rushing to your head, which can intensify your toothache. Before bed, take over the counter pain medication and do your best to avoid hard, acidic, or cold foods – especially at night. You can also use a cold compress to ease discomfort and prevent swelling.