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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dentistry

How can we help you?

As your dentist, we treat whatever oral health problem you face, from cavities to missing teeth. However, we also want to provide the information you need to make better decisions that help keep you out of the dental chair. This is why we take patient education so seriously and encourage you to ask questions. When it comes to your oral health, no question is too small; if it matters to you, it matters to us!

Your questions also inform us about your priorities are and tell us how we can best help you. To get you started, we've shared several questions that we hear most frequently, but we would love to hear from you if you have others not listed here. Please contact us, and we will be happy to find the answer you need!

Emergency Dentistry

In many cases, when you suffer an unforeseen event, the result may be an emergency. Part of the problem is determining when an issue rises to the stature of requiring urgent care. However, your Mesquite emergency dentist can help you choose the best response to various prevalent situations and if you need emergency dental care.

woman holding jaw from tooth pain during an emergencyFirst, you should treat the following few instances as dental emergencies which you need to treat immediately:

  • Dental trauma like a broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Jaw pain and swelling

When you call our dental office, an experienced team member will ask you about your symptoms and arrange for you to see Dr. Lalani as soon as possible.

How to Stabilize Your Dental Emergency

In many situations, we can treat you on the same day you call, but in the meantime, you can take a few measures to relieve your pain and resolve some symptoms.

If you have a toothache, we suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. In addition, you may alleviate swelling by using a cold compress on and off your face for twenty minutes at a time. We also recommend you rinse your mouth with saltwater.

For a broken tooth or avulsed, which means knocked-out tooth, you should contact us right away. If you’ve lost a permanent tooth that is still intact, we may reimplant it if you take care of it. Rinse the tooth gently and try reinserting it in the socket; if this isn’t possible, place it in your cheek pocket or a container of saliva or milk.

If you are suffering from gum pain or other signs of a dental infection, a saltwater rinse has mild anti-bacterial properties. You also can use a cold compress against the sore area to help with inflammation.

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