Emergency Dentist – Lawrenceburg, IN
Overcome Dental Accidents and Injuries with Our Help
With over 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Brian Oyler leads our team at Oyler Family Dentistry in helping patients overcome dental emergencies. Our conveniently located Lawrenceburg office is equipped with the latest in dental technology and we strive to see patients in emergency situations on the same day that they call. Whether you have had a tooth knocked loose in a sports-related collision or are suffering from a severe toothache, you can trust us to provide the immediate and attentive care you need.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories: a sudden accident or unforeseen injury to the mouth, or a longer-term infection or toothache that may be the result of poor oral hygiene.
Regardless, if you experience a dental emergency, your first step should always be to pick up the phone and call our expert team at Oyler Family Dentistry.
If you cannot make it to an emergency dentist in Lawrenceburg right away, do not panic. Here are some steps to take to prevent further damage and temporarily ease the pain until your appointment.
Dissolve a small spoonful of salt into hot water and use the solution as a warm mouthwash to clean your mouth and relieve irritation. If your tooth is severely damaged or infected, root canal therapy may be recommended to relieve pain and save your tooth.
Collect and rinse any broken pieces of your tooth and store them in a secure container. You will want to bring the pieces with you to our office. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Depending on amount of damage, extraction may be the best solution.
Hold your tooth by the crown and try to place it back in the original socket. If that fails, place the tooth in a small, secure container filled with milk and immediately come see us.
First try cleaning the restoration and slipping it back over your tooth. You can use tooth “cement” – available in most pharmacies – denture adhesive or even petroleum jelly to help hold the filling or crown in place until you arrive at our office. If your filling or crown is completely lost, you can apply dental cement directly on the surface of your tooth to protect and seal the area temporarily, and then give us a call.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Maintaining a clean mouth by practicing good oral hygiene at home can help you avoid infections that results in dental emergencies.
Not all dental injuries and accidents can be prevented. However, you can help reduce the risk of a dental emergency by taking certain precautions, such as:
- Mindful Chewing – Avoid chewing hard foods such as popcorn kernels, certain candies or even ice cubes, as doing so can easily crack a tooth.
- Teeth are Not Tools – Never use your teeth to tear open bags or other small packages. Grab a pair of scissors instead!
- Wear Protection – Protect your teeth when playing contact sports and other physical activities by wearing a protective mouthguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different, so recommended treatment – and treatment costs – will vary. For example, some emergencies can be resolved with a simple prescription from a dentist, while more serious injuries require advanced care, such as extraction or root canal therapy.
Don’t let financial worries keep you from getting the help you need. Come visit our dental experts at Oyler Family Dentistry so they can properly evaluate your unique situation and provide an accurate price estimate.