When Do You Need to See an Austin Emergency Dentist?
Life happens. Whether you’ve knocked out a tooth, lost a crown or filling, or have been experiencing severe tooth pain, some dental emergencies can’t wait. When you need to see an emergency dentist in Austin, call Smile Creations. We offer same day emergency appointments to make sure our patients receive the dental care they need in case of a dental emergency.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
At Smile Creations, we treat many types of dental emergencies including:
Chipped or Broken Teeth
When you chip or break a tooth, it’s important that you collect all the pieces you can and call us right away. When the tooth has been completely knocked out, first rinse the tooth with water and try to put it back into place without forcing it into the socket. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, put the tooth in milk and call us as soon as possible. The faster you see a dentist, the more likely the original tooth can be saved.
If you chipped a tooth but the root is still intact, save any pieces you are able to find and rinse the mouth with warm water. Apply gauze to any bleeding, and contact us as soon as possible. Once you come in, we’ll be able to come up with a treatment plan depending on how severe the break is. This may include a composite filling, bridge, or dental implant depending on the severity and amount of tooth that has broken off.
If you have a toothache, swelling, or an abscessed tooth, you may have an infected tooth. Teeth can become infected from many causes, including tooth decay, a tooth fracture, and tooth trauma. An infected tooth can cause serious health issues, and should not be ignored.
What our Austin Emergency Dentists Can Do
When teeth are infected or too broken down to be saved, they must be removed. This is often followed by bone grafting to fill the space left behind, and to prepare the area for a bridge or dental implant.
When a tooth is infected, but can be saved, a root canal (removal of the infected nerve/blood vessels within the roots) may be necessary. Dr. Heck works with great specialists (Endodontists) in South Austin to perform this procedure for his patients, as this gives patients the best long-term chance of keeping the tooth as well as providing a quick and comfortable experience to the patient.
When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Smile Creations. At Smile Creations, our Austin emergency dentists are dedicated to providing the highest quality care that modern dentistry has to offer and work with only the best materials, equipment, and laboratories.