Ideally, you shouldn’t start searching for an emergency dentist after you or a loved one has already developed a painful toothache or dental injury. Instead, just put Dr. Hoop’s number in your phone right now, and should you ever require immediate dental care, you’ll be all set. Dr. Hoop has 30 years of experience, meaning he’s able to handle any urgent dental situation you can imagine with speed and expertise. Our team is happy to accommodate emergency patients and see them the same day that they call in so no one has to be left waiting while in pain.
First and foremost, you should contact our office if you even think you’re experiencing a dental emergency. If it turns out that you need professional help, we’ll schedule you for an appointment right away. In the meantime, here are some of the best ways to handle common dental emergencies and take control of the situation:
Start by flossing and rinsing around the tooth, and if this doesn’t stop the pain, go ahead and take an OTC medication. Swishing with a warm saltwater solution can reduce discomfort as well, and if there is swelling, apply a cold compress.
Recover any pieces of the tooth you can find and place them in a safe container. Remember to bring them to our office. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, cover it with some sugarless gum to prevent it from accidentally injuring the inside of the mouth.
It’s important that you come to see us within an hour of the accident, as this will give us the best chance of replanting the tooth. Pick up the tooth while avoiding the root, rinse it with water, and place it under the tongue. This will preserve it until you can make it to our office.
If you still have the restoration, attempt to place it back onto the tooth—a dab of toothpaste can help secure it. This is only a temporary fix, and you still need to come see us to have it repaired or replaced. For restorations that are completely lost or broken, cover the tooth with some dental cement (found at your local pharmacy).
The best thing you can do is keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine, as this will prevent small problems from developing that can eventually turn into big emergencies. This is also why it’s important to attend at least two checkups each year—Dr. Hoop can find the early signs of an issue and treat it before it becomes more advanced. It’s also wise to wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports and preserve your teeth by not chewing on items like ice, pen caps, fingernails, etc.
We can’t give you an estimate of the cost of your emergency treatment until we see you in person. The final price will depend on the type and extent of your injury in addition to the procedure needed to address it. The best way to reduce your cost and any pain associated with your emergency is to seek out treatment as soon as possible, as this will allow Dr. Hoop to intervene and potentially use a more conservative (and less expensive) treatment.