Emergency Dental Steps: What to Do If This Happens to You
A sharp toothache could be a sign of something malicious going on underneath. Whether it’s tooth decay, periodontal disease, or something else, it’s vital that you come see us as soon as possible in order to avoid any further pain. To help alleviate the discomfort until you see us, apply a cold compress to the area of the cheek where the affected tooth is.
Cracks or Chips
Let’s say you make an impact with something hard and chip or break your tooth. The first step is to rinse your mouth with warm water, apply pressure to any bleeding, and then contact us right away for an emergency appointment. We have a variety of cosmetic procedures to restore the appearance of your tooth to it’s natural form.
Broken Crown or Bridge
If your crown or bridge happens to break or crack, schedule an appointment with Dr. Griffin to repair the damage. In the meantime, avoid hard or sticky foods and don’t lose any piece of your broken crown or bridge. If still attached, do not attempt to remove the crown or bridge yourself.
So what should you do if an entire tooth is knocked out? The first step is to clean the tooth, while holding it by the crown (and not the root). If possible, try to place it back into the empty socket, positioned correctly, then contact us. If not possible, store the tooth in a glass of milk or a damp cloth and contact us immediately. There is a higher chance of saving the tooth if you visit our office within one hour of the tooth falling out.
At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, we offer emergency and evening appointments for your convenience. We understand that you may not be able to get to us right away, but for your emergency case we’ll be happy to leave the lights on for you. Contact us and ask for an evening appointment if you are otherwise unable to make our normal hours. Your dental health is our top priority, and we will never turn away a patient due to timing.
Sedation for the Dental Anxious
Dental accidents may happen, but for patients who have dental anxiety, we understand how difficult it can be to come to us for help due to your fears. At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry methods to help you relax for your emergency appointment. Your oral health is vital to your overall health, and we strive to ensure that our patients are happy and smiling healthy.
Oral Conscious Sedation is a method of sedation in the form of a pill that is consumed prior to your appointment. By the time you reach the chair, you’ll feel extremely relaxed and calm, but conscious enough to still communicate with Dr. Griffin.
At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, we know that you have enough to worry about with your dental emergency. The last thing we want to see is our patients avoiding an emergency dental visit due to worries about the cost.
We have an insurance specialist and financial advisors on staff to help you out with filing a claim with dental insurance, from the billing to the paperwork. If you don’t have dental insurance, we have unique payment plans to help finance your emergency treatment. These payment plans range from split payments to monthly payments or drafts from checking accounts, and additionally a plan that holds no monthly interest. We’ll walk you through the process and make sure that each step is clear and concise.
Contact Us for Your Emergency Dental Needs in Florence, SC
An emergency situation can happen at any time in Florence, SC. If you have a dental emergency and need treatment as soon as possible, contact us immediately after the incident for the highest chance of saving your tooth or teeth. You can call us at (843) 206-0502.