Emergency Dentistry – Loveland, OH
How We Help Your Family’s Dental Emergencies
When your child is active, they are far more likely to experience a dental injury at a young age. Of course, dental emergencies can affect anyone and come in many forms. Whether it’s untreated tooth decay that allowed an infection to develop or a chipped or knocked-out tooth as a result of physical trauma, Gerome & Patrice Family Dentistry is prepared to answer your call for emergency dentistry in Loveland, OH. Schedule an appointment with our dental office today if you or a family member is experiencing a dental emergency!
Why Choose Gerome & Patrice Family Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Soft Tissue Laser Available for Improved Comfort and Precision
- Intraoral Cameras for Enhanced Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
- Kind, Friendly and Gentle Dentists and Team Members
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, it helps to do your best to stay calm and give our dental office a call. This gives you a chance to schedule an appointment, ideally for the same day, and get helpful advice on what you need to do next to improve your condition before you arrive. Depending on what your dental emergency is, you may need to take different steps to manage it. Take note of the following tips below to stabilize you or your family’s dental emergency before coming to our dental office.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from in between teeth. If discomfort continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Avoid taking aspirin as this can easily cause a burning sensation if it makes contact with the tooth. At our dental office, we’ll confirm the cause of the pain and prescribe treatment from there, whether it’s tooth decay, infection, or something else.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you arrive. If the tooth has become jagged or sharp in any way, cover it using dental wax to prevent accidental cuts in your gum or cheek tissue. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face in 10-minute intervals, removing and reapplying for up to one hour. A dental crown may be needed if the tooth cannot be repaired with a dental filling.
Locate the tooth and do your best to keep calm. Pick up the tooth by the crown (top) portion and avoid touching the root or any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing the tooth of any dirt and debris, place the tooth back into its socket. If this is not possible or you find it too difficult to do, keep the tooth contained in milk, saltwater, or saliva. Get to our dental office within the hour to improve the chances of reimplantation.
Although losing a filling or crown usually is not a true dental emergency, the exposed tooth can become very sensitive. It is best to contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment. If you're crown falls out, keep it in a safe place until you can arrange to see us. Fillings typically will need to be replaced with new material if they fall out and this is usually caused by new decay being present. The important part is to not wait too long as the portion of tooth structure left behind will not be as strong and could be damaged further. In addition, the longer a dental crown is out of the mouth, the less likely it will fit back into place. There are over-the-counter cements that can be used temporarily to hold the crown in place or to fill the space where the filling was lost. Please do not use household glues or cements. These products are not safe to put in your mouth.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is by dedicated to an oral care routine of brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You should also be committed to visiting the dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. These steps help you avoid most dental disease and catch problems before they turn into a dental emergency. Of course, if you play contact sports or grind your teeth due to bruxism, you should also be wearing a custom-made mouthguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When it comes to paying for your dental emergency, you should keep in mind that it can vary depending on what treatments are needed. Removing decay and placing a dental filling will cost less than needing more comprehensive root canal therapy to restore a tooth. No matter what the cost of your treatment, the last thing you should do is put off treatment for your emergency. Doing so would leave your tooth vulnerable to additional damage, which could become permanent if you don’t get it promptly handled.
Dental Emergency FAQs
It’s always reassuring to know that your emergency dentist is available when you need them most, right? But even if you are fully prepared for handling a dental crisis at home, it’s likely you still have some questions about what to expect, where to go, how to determine a serious vs. not serious case, and more. This is why Dr. Gerome and his team have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies for you to review. Spend some time looking over these questions and if you have more, please feel free to contact us.
When should I go to the emergency room?
If you are experiencing any of the following, get your to your local emergency room:
- Continual bleeding that does not stop
- Swelling that will not go down
- You have a fractured or broken jaw
Most dental emergencies can be cared for and treated at your local dentist’s office. At Gerome & Patrice Family Dentistry, our team is ready and equipped to handle everything from severe toothaches to knocked-out teeth and more. It is your decision as to where you prefer to receive care, but remember that by going to the ER for dental emergencies other than those listed above, you can face longer wait times, treatment of only the symptoms and not the root cause, and care by a general doctor, not a licensed dental professional.
Should I still come in even if my toothache goes away?
Surprisingly, many patients avoid scheduling an appointment when dealing with a toothache simply because the pain eventually goes away. This isn’t the best idea because although it could be that something was stuck between your teeth and is now dislodged, your toothache could also be a sign of a more serious, underlying issue. It’s always best to let our team check your oral cavity for any problems or issues and ensure your oral health is in good shape.
How can I manage the pain?
Using a cold compress or ice pack and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever will be the best resources for managing pain and discomfort brought on by a dental emergency. Oftentimes, you might want to reach for anything that will dull the ache, but this can be more damaging in the end. Stick to the recommended products provided by Dr. Gerome, and you will begin to feel a little bit better until you are able to get in and see us.
Will my insurance cover a dental emergency?
You’ll need to check with your dental insurance company to determine if you will be covered for treatment. Much of the decision is based on what type of restorative care you need. Since most insurers agree to cover between 70-80% for minor services and between 50-70% for major services, it is likely that the entire cost of treatment will not be up to you to pay. However, if you are unsure, don’t be afraid to ask a member of our staff to work on your behalf. They will get the answers you need to make a confident decision about your dental care.