Emergency Dentistry – Edmond, OK
Ready to Help at a Moment’s Notice
Most people don’t put together a plan to deal with a dental emergency until they or their child are already experiencing one, but you can easily save yourself from this stressful situation. Just put Dr. M. Kent Smith’s number in your phone right now. That way, should you encounter a terrible toothache or dental injury, you can call us right away and be scheduled for a same-day appointment. Our experience and commitment to quality care will have you or your loved one feeling better before you know it with emergency dentistry in Edmond, OK.
Why Choose M. Kent Smith DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether you’re dealing with a painful dental infection or knocked-out tooth, the first thing you should always do is contact our dental office. Over the phone, explain your situation the best you can, and we’ll let you know what to do next. Acting fast enables us to schedule you for an appointment immediately. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to curb any pain and take control of the situation…
Start by cleaning around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck. If this doesn’t help with the pain, go ahead and take an OTC painkiller, and apply a cold compress if there is any swelling. For serious infections, we can usually save the tooth and stop the pain right away with root canal therapy.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
Gather up as many pieces of the tooth you can find and put them in a safe container. Use some gauze or a clean rag to apply slight pressure and stop any bleeding, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum so it won’t injure the inside of the mouth. While we can often repair broken teeth, if one is too forgone, we may have to extract it.
It’s imperative that you come to see us within an hour of the accident to give us the best chance of replanting the tooth. Pick it up while only touching the crown (the part that you see when you smile) and place it under the tongue or in a glass of milk. This will keep the tooth alive until we can see you.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Do you still have the restoration? If so, rinse it off and place it back onto the tooth, using some toothpaste as a temporary adhesive. This is just a quick fix, and you should still come to see us for a full repair! If the restoration is completely lost or broken, cover the tooth with some sugarless gum or dental cement, and avoid chewing with it.
Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Like to play sports? Always remember to wear a mouthguard!
- Your teeth are strong, but not indestructible, so don’t chew on items like ice, pen caps, popcorn kernels, fingernails, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles—this is a great way to chip them!
- Keep up with your oral hygiene and dental checkups—these ongoing practices will ensure that small problems don’t develop and have the chance to turn into big emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
We need to see you in person to determine what type of treatment your dental emergency requires and the costs involved. It’s always wise to come see us quickly, as this allows us to address a problem before it causes more pain and becomes more complicated, which will call for a more expensive procedure. We still want this type of care to be affordable, which is why we’re happy to work with dental insurance and offer other flexible payment options.
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
Is your jaw consistently sore? Does it pop and click whenever you open and close your mouth? Do you constantly have headaches? If so, these symptoms and more may stem from a problem with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This is your main jaw joint. TMJ disorders, or TMDs, affect more than 10 million Americans each year and cause people to experience chronic pain in their jaw, head, face, and neck. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, and other doctors haven’t been able to help, contact Dr. Smith today—he can restore balance to your bite and give you the longstanding relief you deserve!
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