Emergency Dentist – Tulsa, OK
Getting You the Help You Need ASAP
As an emergency dentist in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Angie Nauman understands that when a dental injury occurs, time is of the essence. From pain to panic, it can be difficult to know what to do when faced with this type of situation. Fortunately, she and her team at Glisten Dental want to make sure you are prepared should you or a loved one experience a severe toothache, chipped or knocked-out tooth, or even a lost crown or filling. No matter the issue, it’s always best to call our office and alert us to the situation. This will allow us to get you the help you need in a timely manner. To find out more about how we can better assist you, please contact our office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Anytime you are dealing with an oral injury, it’s necessary to take appropriate action to make sure the situation does not worsen. While you will certainly need to contact Dr. Nauman and schedule an appointment for her to thoroughly examine your mouth, here are a few helpful tips for addressing the most common dental emergencies at home:
There are several ways to deal with a toothache depending on what is causing it to hurt. If there is a piece of food lodged between your teeth, you can use waxed dental floss to remove it or a water flosser (irrigator). However, if there is nothing stuck, it may be that there is an infection deep within the tooth caused by poor oral hygiene (i.e. decay). If it reaches the innermost layer (the pulp), root canal therapy will be necessary to prevent tooth extraction.
If you fall off a bike, trip over your child’s toys, or just find yourself in a situation that results in a chipped or broken tooth, stay calm. Keeping a small amount of dental wax on hand will be beneficial in these situations, as you will need to cover the jagged edges of your tooth to prevent irritation or damage to your soft oral tissues. Make sure to also retrieve the broken/chipped piece(s) and bring them with you to your appointment. If possible, Dr. Nauman will re-bond it back to your natural tooth. If she is unable to do so, she can place an all-porcelain dental crown over the damaged tooth or a porcelain veneer.
If you knock out a tooth, you need to get to our office as quickly as possible. After about two hours, the tooth may no longer be viable and will not be put back into place. Should this happen, make sure to retrieve the tooth by its crown, and rinse off any dirt/debris. If possible, try to reinsert it into your vacated socket. If unsuccessful, keep it in a container of milk or place it inside your mouth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist until you arrive at our office.
If you lose a dental filling or crown, they can be easily put back into place with dental cement, which can be purchased at the local drug store. You will need to make an appointment with Dr. Nauman as soon as possible, however, because allowing a lost crown to remain untreated can cause your nearby teeth to shift and make it more difficult for her to replace.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it is a reassuring feeling knowing how to take care of common dental emergencies should they happen, it’s always best to find ways to prevent them in the first place. A few ways you can do this include:
- Regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth – This means brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once (ideally before bed), and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash.
- Never using your teeth as tools to open packages or containers.
- Avoiding hard, crunchy foods, as well as sticky treats, especially if you have a crown or filling, as these can pull out your restoration.
- Limit the amount of sugar you consume, as this can cause tooth decay and gum disease to develop.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or if you are prone to bruxism while you sleep.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
If you are ever worried about being able to pay for your dental emergency, don’t forgo treatment. This will only end up costing you more time in the money in the future, as treatments and procedures will likely be more complex. If you have dental insurance, the level of coverage you’ll receive will be determined by the type of restorative care you need.
Dental Emergencies FAQs
Dental emergencies rarely happen at a convenient time, so many people are often unprepared for them. Thankfully, Dr. Nauman has gather some of the most common questions about urgent dental care below for your convenience. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call us here at Glisten Dental right away to get your oral health back on track!
When Is a Toothache a Dental Emergency?
While all dental pain or discomfort should be looked at in a timely manner, some toothaches are warning signs of a larger issue that need immediate attention from your Tulsa emergency dentist. Your toothache needs urgent dental care right away if it’s accompanied by:
- Swelling in the face, gums, jaw, or neck.
- Intense pain that lasts for more than 1-2 days.
- Darkening or discoloration of the painful tooth.
- Inflamed, sore, and easily bleeding gum tissue.
- A small, pimple-like bump on the gums.
Will I Need a Root Canal or Tooth Extraction for My Dental Emergency?
The only way to tell if you need a root canal or tooth extraction is to come visit us at Glisten Dental. If your tooth is seriously infected, it can pose a threat to the rest of your mouth as well as your overall wellbeing.
To eliminate the harmful bacteria while preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible, Dr. Nauman may recommend a root canal to remove all the infected tissues. However, if the tooth cannot be saved, a tooth extraction may be needed to prevent the infection from spreading and damaging the rest of your smile. While Dr. Nauman will do everything she can to avoid these treatments, your health is her top priority. She has the experience and training to perform either right here in her Tulsa practice to quickly relieve your pain and correct your problematic teeth.
I Have a Dental Emergency but Visiting the Dentist Makes Me Anxious—What Should I Do?
If routine care tends to make you feel anxious, you may be very reluctant to seek help even in the midst of a dental emergency. However, you can take confidence knowing that we always go above and beyond to make every appointment as pleasant as possible. In some cases, Dr. Nauman may offer sedation dentistry options to take the stress out of your visit so you can comfortably sit back and relax while we repair your smile.
Should I Go to The ER or My Emergency Dentist?
In nearly every case, you should bring your urgent dental situation to your emergency dentist for the fast, efficient, and specialized care you need. However, there are a few situations that should be stabilized by your local ER first, including:
- Broken or dislocated jaw.
- Deep laceration that won’t stop bleeding.
- Swelling in the mouth or face that’s causing difficulties swallowing or breathing.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us right away for the help you need!