Emergency Dentistry – North Raleigh, NC
Stop Your Dental
Ignoring a cracked tooth or a persistent toothache is never a good idea; these problems only grow worse as time goes on, and in the worst-case scenario you could end up losing some of your teeth. We urge you to call our practice as soon as possible once you’ve realized that you’re in the middle of a dental emergency. Dr. Lisk is a highly meticulous dentist who will give your smile the close attention it needs during a worst-case scenario.
Why Choose Dr. Philip A. Lisk for Emergency Dentistry?
- Reliable Options for Tooth Replacement
- Safe and Relaxing Office Environment
- Same-Day Appointments Are Available
Common Dental Emergencies
You need to be able to act quickly to regain control of a situation once a dental emergency begins. There are many different kinds of oral health issues you might be suffering from – some are caused by poor hygiene while others are a direct result of physical trauma – so naturally you’ll need to take slightly different steps to protect your teeth and prevent further damage depending on the situation. Keep the following tips in mind for dealing with certain common dental emergencies.
Rinse your mouth out with water and floss around the tooth in question; this should remove any debris that might be causing the discomfort. If that doesn’t help, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller. Do not use aspirin; it might cause a burn if it comes in contact with the aching tooth or the nearby gum tissues.
Use gauze to stop bleeding if present. If swelling has occurred, hold a cold compress over the area to keep it down. Place dental wax or sugarless gum over any jagged surfaces. Do not chew with the damaged tooth until it has been thoroughly examined and appropriately treated.
You only have a short time to try and save the tooth. Your priority should be to keep it moist at all times. The best way to do this is to place it back in its socket; make sure that you avoid touching the root when you attempt this. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a glass of milk.
Keep the restoration if possible. It’s not dangerous to swallow it, but if it can be safely reattached, it’s best if you hold on to it. Dental cement can be used as a temporary filling material or to hold a crown in place. Keep the area around the exposed tooth clean to avoid a possible infection.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
It’s true that a dental emergency can still happen despite your best efforts, but there are still plenty of ways you can minimize the risk to your teeth and gums. Be sure that you:
- Brush two times a day for at least two minutes at a time.
- Floss on a daily basis.
- Reduce the amount of sugar you consume in general.
- Ask Dr. Lisk for a protective mouthguard if you grind your teeth or play sports.
- Avoid biting on hard objects
- Schedule dental cleanings every six months.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When you first call our office to have a dental emergency treated, you might be so distracted by your discomfort that you don’t stop to consider what the cost of treatment will be. Suffice to say, it largely depends on what the problem is and what we’ll need to do to stop your pain and repair the damage already done. We’ll always prioritize the most cost-effective solutions, and you can count on us to work with your insurance company or help you apply for third-party financing to make your visit affordable.