Emergency Dentist – Oklahoma City, OK
We See Dental Emergencies Fast
Here in OKC, we understand very well that dental emergencies are inconvenient by nature. When these scary situations happen, already having a trusted dental team in your family’s corner can make a world of difference! Please don’t hesitate to contact Joe Isaacson Dental immediately to request an urgent visit if you’re grappling with severe oral pain and/or an injured tooth. Dr. Isaacson will make every effort to accommodate you as soon as possible, providing much-needed relief.
Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Dental Appointments Available
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Added Comfort & Efficiency
- Calming Sedation Dentistry Offered
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies usually fall into one of two categories: sudden physical injuries and damage due to infection that has been building up for some time. Dr. Joe Isaacson is trained to treat both. In either case, be sure to call us right away so that we can schedule an appointment to determine the extent of the damage and the treatment necessary. We can also provide over-the-phone guidance, which may look something like this:
Severe pain and/or sensitivity in a specific tooth is likely the cause of an advanced infection deep within the tooth. In order to rescue the tooth and help it remain a stable part of your smile, Dr. Isaacson will likely recommend root canal therapy. If you’re unable to reach our practice right away, it is safe to take aspirin to manage the pain in the interim. However, be careful NOT to place the medication directly on the gum tissue, as this could cause burning.
Applying a cold compress to your face can lessen the pain as well as the swelling. If the remaining tooth has jagged edges that could injure the soft tissues in your mouth, place a piece of sugar-free gum or dental wax over it. We’ll do what we can to repair the tooth, but if the damage is too extensive, it may have to be extracted.
If a tooth has been fully dislodged, call our practice right away, as there is only a small window of time during which a knocked-out tooth can be successfully replanted. Until you can reach our office, try placing the tooth back in its socket and holding it there. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in your cheek pocket or a secure container of milk.
Locate your restoration and gently rinse it off with warm water. Use a dab of toothpaste, denture adhesive, or petroleum jelly to attempt to place it back on your tooth. Whether you’re successful or not, still call us so that we can permanently reattach your crown or filling. In the meantime, avoid chewing with that tooth directly.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although no dental emergency is 100% preventable, there are some precautions you can take to significantly lessen their likelihood of occurring. Proper oral hygiene is essential in avoiding cavities and infections that result in toothaches. Make sure to brush and floss every day, as well as attend checkups with us every six months. Also, limit the number of sugary foods you consume, and don’t chew on hard inedible items like ice, pencils, or your fingernails. Lastly, wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping, and a mouthguard if you play sports.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because each and every situation is different, there is unfortunately no set cost of treating dental emergencies. A small cavity might only require a tiny filling, while a knocked-out tooth may need to be replaced entirely. Not to mention, the cost of treatment varies based on your dental insurance plan. Don’t worry; our team will do our utmost to create a payment plan for you so you can get out of pain without breaking the bank.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Your emergency dentist in Oklahoma City wants you to be prepared should the worst ever happen to your smile. Dr. Isaacson is happy to answer any questions you might have about potential emergencies and how to respond appropriately. Below are just some of the questions that many patients have asked in the past. If you have any additional concerns of your own that you’d like an answer to, feel free to contact our practice today.
Is A Toothache Always a Dental Emergency?
Sometimes a toothache is just the result of some food that got stuck between your teeth. Before calling our practice, it’s a good idea to rule out this possibility by thoroughly brushing and flossing around the affected area. If that doesn’t help, you should make an appointment as soon as possible if the pain is severe and/or has lasted more than a couple of days. This is especially true if the toothache is accompanied by symptoms such as swelling of the face, bumps on the gums, or a high fever; these could be signs of an infection.
Should I Call the Emergency Room?
You should always call the emergency room for particularly serious traumas. This includes fractured or dislocated jaws, severe cuts that won’t stop bleeding, or swelling that’s making it hard to breathe or swallow. For issues that require urgent care but aren’t life-threatening, it’s best to call our practice as soon as possible. The doctors at the emergency room likely won’t have the experience, tools, or training necessary to replace a lost tooth. Also, visits to the emergency room tend to be more costly than visits to the dentist, so you should only call the former when it’s necessary.
How Much Will an Emergency Dental Appointment Cost?
There are many different dental emergencies and thus many different treatments you might receive during your visit. Thus, the cost of an emergency visit will be different for each patient. Don’t worry; Dr. Isaacson will put your health above everything else and will make sure you understand the costs involved. To make sure you’re prepared for the worst, it might be a good idea to review your dental insurance to see what benefits you have; most of the time, your plan should at least partially cover the cost of treatments meant to restore your oral health.
What Should I Do If a Crown Is Broken?
Like your teeth, crowns can be broken by physical trauma such as a fall or a blow to the face. You should make an appointment to have it replaced or repaired as soon as possible. If there’s a jagged edge that’s causing soreness in your mouth, you can cover it with dental wax; you can also control any bleeding from a damaged tooth with a piece of gauze. Rinse your mouth thoroughly. If the crown is loose, it’s a good idea to remove it altogether so that you don’t accidentally swallow it; you can protect the exposed tooth with some dental cement from the drugstore.