Emergency Dentist – Arlington, TX
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Dental emergencies are inconvenient and can feel scary or stressful! The good news is that your emergency dentist in Arlington, Dr. Stephen Wardlaw, is here to help.
Most dental emergency situations fall into two categories:
- Long-term issues, which are toothaches or infections that occur over time due to lack of oral hygiene or not visiting your dentist regularly
- Sudden physical accidents or injuries that occur due to trauma
Dr. Wardlaw and his team are well equipped to handle both types of situations.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you understand what is happening during a dental emergency and what you can do to handle it, the situation may not feel as stressful. Here are some helpful tips on what to do during common emergency situations.
Toothaches are often the result of a dental infection and they typically cause a lot of tooth pain. If your tooth is infected, it is likely that decay has reached the nerve inside. This can happen due to a crack, fracture, trauma, or lack of treating decay early on. An infection will usually require root canal therapy to eliminate it and preserve your tooth.
Don’t wait for dental pain or an infection to go away on its own as this will give it the opportunity to spread to surrounding teeth or other areas of your body.
A Chipped or Broken Tooth
If your tooth is broken, it’s best to gather all of the pieces you can and bring them to Dr. Wardlaw. There are a number of options for treatment that can be utilized to repair your tooth and Dr. Wardlaw will assess what’s best for your situation.
If your tooth is chipped, it may not need immediate attention, but should be smoothed at some point to prevent it from irritating your gums or other soft tissues.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
If your tooth gets knocked out, it is important to act quickly because an emergency dentist has the best chance of saving it within one to two hours of your accident. Try not to handle the tooth too much and don’t touch the roots. Placing the tooth back in its socket if possible is the best way to transport it. If you can’t do that, use milk to keep the cells moist and alive.
A Lost Filling or Crown
If you end up losing or breaking an old dental crown or filling, it will need to be repaired or replaced in order to protect the health of your tooth. Contact Dr. Wardlaw to assess your situation and determine if the tooth needs immediate attention.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Did you know that many long-term dental emergencies can actually be prevented? Your routine visits for cleanings and checkups with Dr. Wardlaw can detect decay in its earliest stages. Before it has the chance to progress further, it’s likely you can treat it with a simple dental filling.
An excellent home care routine with brushing twice per day and flossing at least once will also help prevent dental emergencies. If you participate in sports, talk with Dr. Wardlaw about the right mouthguard for your needs.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Just like every patient, each dental emergency is unique and could require treatment varying from a dental crown to root canal therapy. The best way to determine your needs is to visit Dr. Wardlaw for a low-cost emergency examination. He will let you know what the cost will be from there.
Give I-20 Family Dental a call today if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency.