Dental emergency exams handled promptly in Franklin and Centerville Areas
According to the American Dental Association, oral problems accounted for 2.18 million hospital emergency department visits in 2012, at an average cost of $749 each . . . and the frequency continues to increase. Treatment usually consists of pain management and referral to a dental specialist. Most of those situations could be handled more efficiently and economically by your regular dentist. The team at K&E Advanced Dentistry strives to help you avoid the discomfort and expense of dental emergencies with preventive hygiene care and patient education. However, we allow time for dental emergency exams in our daily schedule at each office – Franklin, and Centerville.
Common causes of dental emergencies:
- Toothache – A swollen face and unbearable pain is usually because a cavity or fracture has allowed bacteria to reach the tooth’s nerve. Root canal therapy relieves your discomfort and allows you to keep your natural tooth.
- Trauma – A slip and fall, fender bender, or aggressive sports may result in trauma to teeth or soft tissues. If you have uncontrolled bleeding, please go to the emergency department quickly. For other trauma emergencies, call one of our offices.
- Fractured tooth – A cracked or broken tooth usually needs dental bonding or a crown for repair, strength, and ongoing protection.
- Extraction – Your body naturally forms a blood clot after an extraction, to protect exposed nerves in the jaw. When that clot is displaced, a condition called dry socket, it causes intense pain. We can help with a special dressing placed into the socket.
- Gum swelling – This may be the result of periodontal disease, an abscess, or food impaction. Your dentist will determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment.
- Loose or lost filling – We restore the damage with a tooth-colored filling or a lustrous porcelain crown.
- Dislodged tooth – An avulsed tooth may be the result of advanced periodontal disease or trauma. If the tooth has touched the ground, pick it up by the crown and rinse it with plain water (do not scrub or use soap). Replace it into the socket if possible, or place it between the cheek and gum, or in a cup of milk or saline. Get to our office as quickly as possible for the best chance of the tooth surviving.
We are often able to perform necessary procedures the same day. If treatment cannot be rendered promptly, you leave with medications to get you out of discomfort and a treatment plan to correct the problem.