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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:

Dr. Wardlaw and his team are well equipped to handle both types of situations.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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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

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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

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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.

Emergency Dentist FAQs

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Do you know how to recognize a dental emergency or what first steps you should take in a worst-case scenario? Dr. Wardlaw and the rest of his team are here to answer any questions you might have about emergency situations so that you can be prepared well in advance; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. To help you get started, below are the answers to some of the inquiries that we hear most often.

How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies come in many forms and can have any number of underlying causes. In general, they usually involve pain, swelling or discomfort that you’re unable to help by yourself. An injury to the tooth may or may not hurt, but it should typically be treated as an emergency either way. These issues rarely if ever resolve themselves or go away, and they usually become more severe if left alone. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that you think might be signs of a dental emergency, call us right away.

Should I Call the Hospital?

Toothaches, knocked out teeth, broken teeth and similar oral health issues usually require urgent treatment, but it’s usually better to contact our office instead of an emergency room. Dr. Wardlaw has the tools and training needed to save your injured teeth and gums, and the cost will typically be lower than it would be at the emergency room.

However, there are situations where you should call the hospital instead. For example, a jaw fracture is very dangerous and could potentially be life-threatening; for severe injuries like this, you should get in touch with the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

Can I Receive Sedation If I’m Feeling Anxious?

Some patients might be anxious about receiving dental care even if it’s needed, and an emergency situation often only heightens these feelings. To help such patients feel at ease, Dr. Wardlaw can offer dental sedation to help you stay comfortable while we treat your tooth. Nitrous oxide is often the right choice since it takes effect within minutes and can be adjusted throughout your visit; it also wears off quickly once the mask has been removed. Note that sedation can be used in other situations as well, such as when a local anesthetic doesn’t have a strong enough effect.

What Should I Do If an Object is Caught Between My Teeth?

If your teeth hurt due to a piece of food or another small object wedged between them, you can try and resolve the issue yourself with dental floss. Be very careful and gentle; do not use a pin or another sharp object that can damage the gums. If you can’t remove the object by yourself, call our practice and make an appointment as soon as possible; plaque could build up around the area if it’s left alone, and that in turn could potentially lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems.