Emergency Dentistry – Painesville, OH
Stop Your Dental Pain at the Source
(If you or a loved one are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call as soon as you can so we can immediately start helping you!)
No one can really plan for a dental emergency. Like all emergencies, they just happen, but when they do, you need to act fast to prevent the problem from becoming much worse. Should you ever damage your teeth in an accident, or if your child develops a severe toothache, you only have to do one thing to get the immediate, professional care that you need: contact us.
When you get in touch with our team, we will do everything we can to see you as quickly as possible so we can relieve your pain. We won’t keep you waiting, and we’ll help you moment to moment through your emergency. Just remember: when the unexpected happens to your smile, don’t panic, just give us a call!
Why Choose Painesville Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?
- Gets You Seen As Soon As Possible
- Team of Dentists for Convenient Scheduling
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available
Common Dental Emergencies
If you are in pain and unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, just give us a call, and we will be able to tell you what you should do next.
However, if you believe that you have suffered a broken bone or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, please head straight to your nearest emergency room first. Contact us only after you have been cleared to leave.
Start by flossing your teeth to remove potential food debris. If pain persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen. We do not recommend the use of aspirin as it can cause a burning sensation. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling that may be present. Don’t assume the toothache will go away on its own; call our office as soon as you notice discomfort!
Try to recover any lost teeth or dental work and bring them to our office so we can examine them. Use a cold compress on the cheek to manage any pain or swelling. If bleeding is present, apply a clean rag or gauze pad with firm pressure to the damaged area.
Start by doing your best to stay calm and look for the tooth. Always pick it up by the crown portion and never the root (or pointed end). After gently rinsing your mouth out with warm water, carefully remove any dirt or debris from the tooth without removing any tissue still attached. Place the tooth back into your open socket in the correct position. Gently close your mouth to keep it in place. If this is impossible, place the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Most dental fillings will need to be replaced outright if they come out, but you can still cover the area with dental wax or cement to keep it from being exposed to oral bacteria. A dental crown can also be temporarily reseated with over the counter dental cement, but this is not considered a permanent solution.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While not all dental emergencies can be avoided, there are steps you can take to dramatically reduce your risk of experiencing one going forward. For example, you should:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit our office for checkups every six months
- Avoid using your teeth as a tool
- Wear a mouthguard and/or nightguard to protect teeth
- Use caution when eating tough or chewy foods
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Depending on what type of dental emergency you are experiencing, your treatment could vary. For example, those who have tooth pain may only need a dental filling, while others could need root canal therapy and a crown to address an infection. It all comes down to your unique situation. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should skip treatment you need to address a dental emergency. We’ll work with your directly to build a treatment plan that fits into your budget.
A root canal, despite its extremely bad reputation, is a very useful procedure that allows our team to relieve the most severe dental pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be removed. We use them when the innermost portion of a tooth, called the dental pulp, has become infected, which can lead to the mother of all toothaches. With a root canal, we can easily eliminate this pain while keeping you completely comfortable during the entire procedure.
While we do everything we can to help our patients keep all of their natural teeth for as long as possible, in some cases, the best thing we can do for a person’s oral and overall health is remove one. We usually need to do this if:
- A tooth is too damaged to be restored
- Gum disease has deteriorated the bone supporting a tooth
- A baby tooth refuses to fall out naturally/is blocking an erupting adult tooth
- Room needs to be created for a denture/orthodontic treatment