Emergency Dentistry – Dallas, TX
We’re Here to Save Your Smile
Looking for an emergency dentist in Dallas? The team at R. David Brumbaugh, D.D.S. is available for all dental emergencies, including broken and fractured teeth and much more. No matter what your emergency is, this is the team to call from anywhere in the Dallas area.
R. David Brumbaugh, D.D.S. is known for top quality restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in Dallas. The dental office is also proud to offer some of the area’s best emergency dental services. After suffering an accident or other serious dental issue, it’s imperative to get help as quickly possible.
The sooner help is rendered, the more likely the teeth and/or bone will be saved!
Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentist Trained in IV Sedation
- Small Dental Office Always Provides Personal Care
- We’ll See You as Quickly as Possible
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and they’re more common than you might think. Without warning, you might suddenly feel the pain of an infection, or you might get hit in the mouth while playing your favorite sport and lose a tooth. No matter what the emergency, you need to keep calm and get in touch with Dr. Brumbaugh as soon as you can. Here are some tips for taking control of the situation in the event of the following emergencies:
You can expect root canal therapy if the toothache is caused by an infection. However, before you make an appointment, you should try flossing around the area to see if there are any bits of food stuck in your smile. If this doesn’t relieve the discomfort, take ibuprofen or another pain medication, then call us.
Check the tooth immediately; cover any jagged edges with dental wax and hold a piece of gauze over the area if there’s bleeding. Protect the tooth by not biting down on anything hard until your appointment. Be aware that the treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the damage.
Act quickly and try to arrive at our dental office in less than an hour. Pick the tooth up by its chewing surface and place it back in its socket when possible. Otherwise, make sure it stays moist by storing it in the space between your cheek and gums or in a glass of milk.
Find the restoration as soon as you can; swallowing it on accident typically isn’t dangerous, but if it’s still intact we can try to reattach it to the tooth right away. Dental wax is useful for protecting the exposed area as needed. You can also try and temporarily reattach a crown with dental cement.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In many cases, simply taking care of your teeth and following certain precautions will help you avoid dental accidents, injuries, and other issues. While we understand that not all dental emergencies can be avoided, it is also true that just a few simple habits can make all the difference in avoiding chipped, cracked, decayed, and knocked-out teeth. Take a look at Dr. Brumbaugh’s recommendations below to reduce your risk of experiencing a dental emergency in the future.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visit Dr. Brumbaugh for a checkup every six months to make sure your at-home brushing and flossing is working properly to prevent cavities and gum disease. Without a professional examining your smile every so often, you never know if what you’re doing at home is working to keep your smile healthy. During your visits, Dr. Brumbaugh can also perform a detailed cleaning to remove any hard-to-reach plaque deposits as well as tartar, a substance that no toothbrush can effectively break down.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
Brush two times a day and floss daily to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, two issues that lead to decay and gum disease. One of the most common causes of dental emergencies is poor oral hygiene, even more so than physical trauma to teeth. This is because dental problems can go by unnoticed for months and even years, developing in silence until they trigger toothaches. At that point, it’s too late to perform any preventive measures for your smile and restorative and/or emergency services need to be considered.
Watch What You Eat
When cavities go untreated, they often turn into dental infections. While your at-home oral care routine affects your oral health, so does your diet. If you want to reduce the rate at which oral bacteria produces plaque, make sure to avoid consuming acidic beverages like soda and sports drinks as these can easily eat through enamel. Opt for healthier options like water instead. Foods that are starchy, sugary, and hard are all more likely to cause damaged to teeth compared to softer foods containing natural sugars, vitamins, and minerals conducive to oral health.
Wear a Mouthguard
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports, especially those with a high risk for sudden impact. That includes sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, karate, wrestling, and countless others. If you have a teeth grinding or clenching problem, consider a nightguard from our office as well. These appliances can protect your smile and prevent excessive stress on your jaw joints. With a custom-made mouthguard, you can expect better comfort and longevity compared to store-bought options.
Use Tools, Not Teeth to Perform Tasks
While teeth are strong, they can easily chip or crack when used to perform basic tasks better suited for a dedicated tool. If you need to open a package or cut other objects, use scissors instead of your teeth in all circumstances. Avoid chewing on anything that could crack your teeth, such as popcorn kernels, the end of your pencil or pen, or your fingernails.
Is there pain in your jaw every time you wake up? The joints connecting it to your skull may have become strained or injured. These TMJ disorders don’t always rise to the level of an emergency, but you should have them diagnosed and treated before the problem grows worse. Our favored approach is custom-made occlusal splints to correct the jaw’s resting position and prevent the teeth from grinding against each other. We might also perform occlusal adjustments to ensure that your teeth come together properly.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency where you end up needing root canal therapy will carry a very different price tag than one where the solution is simply some antibiotics. We don’t want you to worry about the price at a time when you need to focus on relieving your pain and protecting your smile. Rest assured that we always choose our treatments based on what you need, and our talented staff members will work with you to make sure that your treatment is as affordable as possible.