Emergency Dentist – Indianapolis, IN
Saving Indianapolis Smiles
Our team understands that the nature of an emergency is inconvenience. As your dedicated family dental healthcare providers, we’re here for you in these stressful times. Please call our emergency dentist in Indianapolis, IN immediately to request an emergency care visit if you experience a severe toothache, knock out a tooth, badly damaged teeth, or you find yourself in another precarious dental situation. We do our very best to see emergency cases immediately. If you experience intense bleeding or your emergency extends beyond dental care, please go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Some situations can be remedied or improved by following a few simple tips. While these suggestions do not solve all emergency dental problems, they offer the immediate first-aid care you’ll need until you can come to our dental office or your local emergency room.
Rinse your mouth and the area around the tooth, then floss around the tooth to make sure that stuck debris is not causing the pain. Do not put an aspirin on the tooth because it can damage both gum and tooth structure, but you can take over the counter pain relievers as directed. If you don’t have an open wound, topical numbing ointments may offer some toothache relief as well. You can also apply ice packs at 20 minute intervals to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Try to avoid eating until after you visit us, but if you do eat a meal, be careful when chewing. You should brush and floss teeth as usual but avoid the damaged area.
A cracked or broken tooth should be rinsed immediately with warm water. Then hold a cold compress against the affected tooth to reduce swelling on your way to our dental office for assistance. Try to avoid eating until after you visit us, but if you do eat a meal, be careful when chewing. You should brush and floss teeth as usual but avoid the damaged area. For discomfort, follow the steps for toothache above.
Rinse the tooth gently with milk, cool water, or saliva to remove debris. Place the tooth into the socket it fell from and hold it in place until you get to our dental office. If you can’t replace the knocked out tooth, put it into a container of milk or water and bring it to us, so we can determine whether reattachment is possible. Try to avoid eating until after you visit us, but if you do eat a meal, be careful to avoid chewing with the damaged area. You should brush and floss teeth as usual but avoid the damaged area. For discomfort, follow the steps for toothache above.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
If you’ve lost a filling, follow the directions above for chipped or broken teeth. If your temporary or permanent dental crown falls out and you still have it, dry your natural tooth, apply a small dab of toothpaste to the temporary and reattach it. You may also use dental wax or temporary denture adhesive, available at most pharmacies. Try to avoid eating until after you visit us, but if you do eat a meal, be careful to avoid chewing with the damaged tooth. You should brush and floss teeth as usual but avoid the damaged tooth. For discomfort, follow the steps for toothache above.
Cut/Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Soft Tissue
Thoroughly clean the cut. Then, hold a cold compress against it. If bleeding does not stop, go to your local emergency room. You may need stitches.
Possibly Broken Jaw
If you think your jaw may be broken, apply a cold compress and proceed to your local emergency room immediately. If you lost or damaged teeth during your injury, please call us, as well.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are some habits you can change to reduce your risk for dental emergencies, including:
- At-home hygiene – brush teeth twice a day and floss daily
- Biannual dental appointments – visit us twice a year for checkups and professional teeth cleanings
- Protective mouthguards – wear nightguards to protect teeth from grinding and clenching and sportsguards to protect teeth during athletic events
- Habits – don’t use teeth to open packages or crack nuts and don’t chew on hard objects like ice chips and fingernails
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
During your emergency dentistry appointment, we’ll examine your smile and review your treatment options. As we carefully explain the available solutions to relieve your pain and renew your oral health, our team will also provide pricing for these treatments as well as estimates of any dental insurance coverage that may be available. In some cases, we’re also able to work with, CareCredit, a third-party financier specializing in medical and dental treatments, to offer low and no interest payment plans.
Frequently Asked Questions – Emergency Dentistry
Dental emergencies may not happen often, but when they do, you’ll want to know exactly what you should do next to protect your smile and your oral health. That’s why we’ve included a section on the most common questions we get regarding dental emergencies, as well as our responses. If you aren’t sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t be afraid to call our dental office regardless. We want to make sure that you have the opportunity to get your issue handled as soon as possible.
What counts as a dental emergency?
The two most common dental emergencies that occur are tooth pain and injuries. That means if you’re experiencing chronic tooth pain, it’s likely a dental emergency. If you’ve sustained an injury that chipped or cracked your tooth and you’re experiencing severe discomfort, you need to get to our dental office. If the gum tissue around your tooth is swollen or inflamed, an oral infection could be present, which is always a dental emergency. Keep in mind that if you minorly chip your tooth and no pain is present, you can likely wait until normal business hours to have it treated.
What can I take to help with tooth pain?
We recommend that you take ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation in your tooth. You can also take naproxen sodium, which is also another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug ideal for relieving tooth pain. We ask that you do not take aspirin as this can actually cause a burning sensation in your gum tissue if it comes into contact with it. In the event that none of these medications are available, you can also apply an ice pack to your cheek or rub clove oil directly to the tooth. An easy way to apply clove oil is to soak a cotton ball and dab it against your tooth and gums.
How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?
Do not use toothpicks or any sharp objects to remove foreign objects from your teeth. Start by vigorously washing your mouth out with saltwater. Create a mixture made from one cup of water and one half-teaspoon of salt. Boil the water to sterilize it, then mix it with the salt and give it time to cool down. Once cooled, wash your mouth with the mixture. Use a waxed or monofilament dental floss to remove the debris as well, making sure not to snap the floss as this can damage your enamel or irritate your gums further. If nothing works, call our dental office for professional assistance.
How long does a toothache last?
If you have tooth pain that lasts longer than one to two days, you need to see a dentist right away. However, if the pain is so severe that you struggle to practice daily activities or sleep, you’ll want to come in sooner. If you’re experiencing tooth pain following a dental procedure, such as a root canal or tooth extraction, it should go away after a few days. If it doesn’t, call our dental office right away.
Should I go to the emergency room?
The only time you should go to the emergency room for an oral-related injury is if you have sustained a broken jaw or if your mouth is continuously bleeding and does not stop. In these cases, visiting the ER is a more productive use of your time. After you have stabilized, you can then come to our dental office for closer examination. Common dental emergencies cannot be treated in an emergency room, which is why you should visit us first instead.