Emergency Dentist in Corpus Christi
Dental emergencies happen in the space between one second and the next causing pain, panic, and plenty of inconvenience. If you or a loved one is experiencing severe dental pain or a bad injury, do your best to stay calm. Time is often of the essence of in these situations, so don’t wait – contact Dr. John Thompson right away for assistance! Our Corpus Christi team will do what we can to see you as soon as possible, and in the meantime, we guide you on how to stabilize and improve your condition until you arrive at our practice. Here are some helpful tips for the most common emergency cases we see:
If significant pieces of the tooth have come loose, gather them and bring them with you to our office. In the meantime, it’s possible to experience some facial swelling; a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek should help to reduce this.
While your tooth will certainly be vulnerable after losing its crown, there isn’t any immediate danger to worry about. If you still have the restoration, rinse away any foreign debris from its surface. Then, place a small amount of denture adhesive, dental wax, or toothpaste on it and carefully resettle it over the tooth. This should work as a temporary solution until Dr. Thompson can professionally cement it.
Do you still have the tooth? If so, hold it ONLY by the crown (the white portion) and carefully rinse away any dirt or other foreign debris under water. Then, place it carefully back into its original position in your mouth and hold it there. If this can’t be done, hold the tooth in your cheek instead or place it in a cup of milk. This will help increase your chances of a successful reattachment.
Is it possible that there’s something stuck between the teeth? Floss and rinse thoroughly to dislodge any food particles or other foreign objects; this may put a stop to the discomfort. If it doesn’t, reach out to our team for further assistance. In the meantime, it’s fine to take painkillers, but DON’T place them directly on the gums, as this could cause burning.
We’re here to help! Patients from Orange Grove, Robstown, Sinton, Alice, and other surrounding areas are welcome to contact Dr. Thompson in Corpus Christi, TX to schedule an emergency appointment.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
We want you to rely on Dr. Thompson and our team for all of your emergency dentistry needs. Still, before you save our number in your phone and make us your go-to source for urgent dental care, you might have some questions about emergency dentistry and how we approach it. That is why we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you were hoping for, contact us directly so we can personally satisfy your curiosity.
How Much Does Emergency Dentistry Cost?
How much it costs to treat your emergency will depend on a few factors, including the nature of the problem and the type of treatment you receive. Our team will thoroughly evaluate the situation before we discuss your treatment options, as well as their prices, with you.
Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from getting the treatment you need. The longer you wait to receive care, the worse your problem is likely to become. The worse it becomes, the more costly treatment will be.
How Long Can I Wait Before I See the Dentist?
With some dental emergencies, such as a knocked-out tooth, you should receive treatment immediately in order to increase the chances that your tooth can be saved. With other situations, such as a dull toothache or an object lodged between the teeth, you may be able to wait a day or two before you schedule an appointment.
Your best course of action is always to contact us as soon as you can, describe the situation, and apply any advice we give you. We might urge you to visit us right away, or we might give you tips on how you can manage your pain until you can visit us at a time that is more convenient for you.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
Taking a few simple steps can help you prepare to take fast action when a dental emergency strikes:
- Keep a first-aid kit handy that includes pain relievers, gauze, and perhaps even a tooth-preservation kit.
- Save our office’s phone number in your contact list.
- Keep an updated list of your medications and allergies in your wallet.
- Bookmark this page so you have fast access to practical guidance on how to handle specific types of dental emergencies.
How Soon Will I Experience Pain Relief?
When you arrive for your appointment, our goal will be to provide you with pain relief as quickly as possible. We may use anesthesia and sedation to enhance your comfort level right away. Then, we will perform whatever procedure is necessary to address the source of your pain. After your treatment is complete, your mouth may still be sore for a few days, but you should get back to feeling like your normal self in no time at all.