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Recognizing a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can be alarming, but knowing what qualifies as an emergency and how to respond can make a significant difference. Here are the most common types of dental emergencies:

  • Severe Toothache: Persistent and intense pain signaling an underlying issue.
  • Chipped or Broken Teeth: Resulting from accidents or biting on hard objects.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Urgent care is crucial to save the tooth.
  • Lost Filling or Crown: Exposing the tooth to potential further damage.
  • Abscess or Swelling: Indicating an infection that requires immediate attention.
  • Bleeding Gums: Especially if the bleeding is severe or doesn't stop.
  • Jaw Pain or Injury: Can be a sign of trauma or TMJ disorders.

Responding to Common Dental Emergencies

Knowing what to do in the event of a dental emergency is crucial:

  • For a Severe Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. Avoid applying painkillers directly to the gums.
  • For Chipped or Broken Teeth: Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. Apply gauze to any bleeding areas.
  • For a Knocked-Out Tooth: Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Rinse it without scrubbing and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that's not possible, keep it moist in milk or a saline solution.
  • For Lost Fillings or Crowns: Keep the crown safe so it can be reattached. Use dental cement, if available, to protect the tooth.
  • For Abscesses or Swelling: Rinse with a mild saltwater solution several times a day. Seek immediate dental care as abscesses can be serious.
  • For Bleeding Gums or Jaw Pain: Apply a cold compress and seek dental care as soon as possible.
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The Importance of Immediate Dental Care

In a dental emergency, time is of the essence. Delaying treatment can lead to increased pain, complications, and even the loss of a tooth. Immediate attention from a dentist can:

  • Alleviate Pain: Providing relief and comfort.
  • Prevent Further Damage: Addressing the issue promptly can prevent the situation from worsening.
  • Save Your Tooth: Immediate care is crucial, especially in cases of knocked-out teeth or severe infections.

Trust Your Hendersonville Emergency Dentist

Dr. Brandon Sims and our dedicated team at Lakeside Smiles are here for you in times of need. We understand the urgency and stress of dental emergencies and are committed to providing you with prompt, effective treatment. Our goal is to ensure your comfort and health are restored as quickly as possible.

At Lakeside Smiles, we offer a comprehensive range of emergency dentistry services, including:

  • Pain Management: Immediate measures to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Repair of Broken or Chipped Teeth: Using fillings, crowns, or bonding.
  • Reattachment or Replacement of Knocked-Out Teeth: Time-sensitive interventions to save your natural tooth.
  • Treatment of Abscesses and Infections: Addressing the root cause and prescribing appropriate medication.
  • Crown or Filling Restoration: Quick repair or replacement of lost or damaged restorations.
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Lakeside Smiles has been a staple in the community for years, and we're thrilled to continue this legacy of trust. Our commitment to delivering outstanding dental care remains unwavering! Your comfort and satisfaction are at the heart of everything we do.

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We understand the importance of a welcoming environment for your family's dental needs. Our team goes the extra mile to create a relaxed atmosphere where patients of all ages feel at ease. Dr. Brandon Sims is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the best care possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency typically includes situations like severe toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, lost fillings or crowns, abscesses or significant swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, and jaw injuries. Any dental issue causing severe pain, discomfort, or risk to your oral health should be considered an emergency.

What should I do if I have a severe toothache?

For a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to gently remove any food particles. Avoid applying aspirin directly to the tooth or gums. If the pain persists, contact your dentist immediately.

How do I handle a chipped or broken tooth?

Rinse your mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. A cold compress can help reduce swelling and pain. Visit your dentist as soon as possible.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Rinse the tooth with water if it's dirty, but do not scrub it. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth in its socket. If that's not feasible, keep the tooth moist in milk and get to your dentist quickly.

Can a lost filling or crown be an emergency?

Yes, a lost filling or crown can be considered an emergency as it can lead to further damage or infection. Keep the crown in a safe place and avoid chewing on the affected side. Contact your dentist to have it fixed as soon as possible.

What do I do in case of a dental abscess?

An abscess is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Rinse your mouth with mild saltwater several times a day to reduce pain and draw the pus toward the surface. See your dentist immediately.

Should I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?

For most dental emergencies, it’s best to contact your dentist first as they are equipped to handle a range of dental issues. However, if you have severe trauma, heavy bleeding, or injuries to your face or jaw, you should go to the emergency room.

How quickly should I see a dentist in an emergency?

In many dental emergencies, such as a knocked-out tooth or severe infection, time is critical. Contact your dentist immediately for advice and to arrange an urgent appointment. The sooner you get treatment, the better the chances of resolving the issue effectively.

Does insurance cover dental emergencies?

Many dental insurance plans cover emergency services, but coverage can vary. Check your policy details or contact your insurance provider for specific information. Your dental office can also assist with insurance queries and offer alternative payment options if needed.

Can I prevent dental emergencies?

While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing a mouthguard during sports, and avoiding chewing hard foods or objects can reduce the risk. Regular dental check-ups can also help identify and address issues before they become emergencies.

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Learn More About Emergency Dentistry

WebMD: Handling Dental Emergencies
Healthline: First Aid for Toothache Relief
Cleveland Clinic: Dental Emergencies

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United Healthcare
TRICARE Dental Program (TDP)
United Healthcare Global (Inside U.S.)
United Healthcare Community Plan
United Concordia - Tricare Dental Plan
United Concordia - Federal Employees Program
UFT Welfare Fund
United Concordia (Encounters)
United Concordia - Dental Plus - PA Blue Shield
United Concordia Companies, Inc.
Trigon - Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia
Trigon - Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado
Tricare Retiree Dental Program
Tricare Active Reservists
Standard Insurance Co. of New York
Sun Life Financial (United Concordia)
Skygen USA
Standard Insurance
Securian/Patriot Dental
Securian Dental
Reliance Standard Life
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon (out of State Providers)
Public Employee Health Program (PEHP)
PrimeCare, Wisconsin State and Federal Employees and Medicaid
Physicians Mutual (Dental)
Oklahoma DRS Doc
Phoenix Health Plans (DentaQuest)
Medicaid of Wisconsin - DentaQuest
North Dakota Dental Service
Minnesota Blue Cross Dental (UCCI)
Medicaid of Wisconsin, PrimeCare
Medicaid of Wisconsin, Humana / TDC
Medicaid of Washington
Medicaid of Virginia, HealthKeepers Plus
Medicaid of Texas - DentaQuest
Medicaid of Utah
Medicaid of Texas - MCNA
Medicaid of Tennessee, BlueCare
Medicaid of New York
Medicaid of Indiana
Medicaid of Minnesota
Medicaid of Michigan
Medicaid of Connecticut
Medicaid of Alabama
HealthScope Benefits
Managed DentalGuard
Managed Care of North America, Inc. (MCNA)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 38 Health & Welfare Fund
Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund
Humana Specialty Benefits State of Florida Dental
Humana Specialty Benefits Florida Healthy Kids Dental
Humana CompBenefits Federal Plan Dental
Hershey Healthsmile
Healthsource Provident
HealthScope Benefits (Tribute Health Plan)
HealthScope Benefits/ Morris Associates
HealthScope Benefits / EHC Repricing
HealthScope Benefits/ACPMO
HealthChoice Oklahoma
Healthcare Highways
HDS Medicaid
Hawaii Dental Service
Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America
Golden West Dental
Florida Combined Life (Dental)
First Reliance Standard
Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Direct Dental Administrators, Inc.
Dental Guard Preferred
Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators
DentaQuest - Government
DeltaCare USA - Encounters
Delta Dental - Tricare Retiree
Delta Dental of West Virginia
Delta Dental of Washington DC
Delta Dental of Virginia
Delta Dental of Washington
Delta Dental of Rhode Island
Delta Dental of Tennessee
Delta Dental of South Carolina
Delta Dental of Puerto Rico
Delta Dental of Pennsylvania
Delta Dental of Oklahoma
Delta Dental of Ohio
Delta Dental of North Dakota
Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of Minnesota
Delta Dental of New York
Delta Dental of New Jersey
Delta Dental of New Mexico
Delta Dental of Nebraska
Delta Dental of Missouri
United Healthcare
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
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