Urgent Dental Care When You Need It Most
No one expects a dental emergency to ruin their day, but they actually occur all the time here in Plano. Someone accidentally slips and breaks a tooth, or a very painful toothache just seems to come out of nowhere. In any case, one thing remains the same: when faced with a dental emergency, a person needs immediate attention to get the relief they deserve. If you ever find yourself dealing with a dental emergency, know that you can always turn to your emergency dentist in Plano at Independence Dental. We’re ready to accept emergency patients, and we work to see them as quickly as possible. Plus, our team of experts offers all specialties in one convenient location. If you need dental care right away, give us a call on our dental emergency hotline, and we’ll be ready to help.
Unparalleled Experience and Qualifications
Rather than spending hours waiting at the ER, emergency dental patients can get the prompt attention they need from a highly-skilled dentist in Dr. Bhalla. Dr. Bhalla has made it a point to become an expert in all aspects of dentistry over the course of her career, so whatever your emergency might be, you can trust that she’s handled it countless times before. Plus, she also uses the latest imaging technology so she’s able to get a better look at a patient’s mouth and quickly figure out what they need.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into two categories. First is the long-term type — like infections and aches that are typically the cause of poor oral hygiene or a problem with dental work. Second is sudden pain caused by a physical injury or accident. No matter what your needs, we can help! Below are the 4 most common types of emergencies we treat along with tips for what to do in each case.
A small toothache can easily turn into throbbing pain if left untreated. This is most often because a serious infection has reached the inside of a tooth where the sensitive nerve is located. An emergency root canal may be recommended to save the tooth from extraction. If you suddenly find yourself with a hurting tooth, you should:
- Call Independence Dental.
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Lightly floss around the tooth to dislodge anything that might be causing the pain.
- Use a cold compress or OTC medication to handle any pain or swelling.
A broken tooth is one of the most common kinds of dental emergencies. To increase the chances of saving a damaged tooth, you should:
- Contact Independence Dental as soon as you can.
- Try to recover any large pieces you can find.
A knocked-out tooth is one of the most stressful dental emergencies. Keep your cool and get in touch with us as soon as possible to see if the tooth can be reattached.
- Collect the tooth if possible and rinse under warm water (do not scrub the tooth)
- Try to place the tooth back into the victim’s mouth until you can see us
- If you cannot place the tooth back in its socket, put it in a container of milk or saltwater. The tooth must remain wet to keep it viable for reattachment!
If you have a badly infected tooth, root canal therapy may be able to save it from extraction. During this procedure, Dr. Bhalla accesses the interior portion of the tooth and cleans out the infected area. She also removes the nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain. Then, she fills in the tooth with a special material to help it maintain its structure. Thanks to modern dental techniques and anesthesia, root canal therapy is much more comfortable than most people anticipate!