Emergency Dentist – Hamilton, GA
Providing You With Fast, Pain-Relieving Urgent Dental Care
In most cases, it’s impossible to prevent dental emergencies from occurring, and they can quickly turn a relaxing afternoon into a stressful evening. That’s why the team at Hamilton Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing same day emergency dentistry appointments for our patients whenever we possibly can. On the rare occasions when we’re unable to provide same-day care, one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer your questions, walk you through first aid and pain management, and help you determine whether you should visit the nearest emergency room, all over the phone. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency any time, contact our office. Even if it’s after hours, you can follow the instructions on our voicemail to reach someone right away.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
During a dental emergency, time is of the essence, which is why it’s a good idea to have the number of your local emergency dentist in Hamilton’s number readily available. If you’re worried your emergency may be life threatening, you believe your jaw is broken, or you experience a soft tissue injury that bleeds for more than an hour, we encourage you to proceed directly to your local emergency room. Once a physician evaluates your condition, we’re happy to partner with these medical professionals to provide safe, effective restorative dentistry services.
After you contact our office to schedule a visit you can use some of these tips and tricks to help ease your pain and prepare you for your appointment.
Toothaches are often signs of infections hidden deep beneath the surface of your tooth. To help with your pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
If you break or damage a tooth and it creates a sharp edge, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum over it to conceal the area and protect the tooth edge from irritating or cutting your lip or cheek. Try to retrieve the piece of tooth that has broken off and bring it to your appointment with you.
If your tooth was knocked-out, it’s important to try to get to our office within an hour of the accident so we have a better chance of being able to replant it back in its socket. Retrieve it off the ground, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface, and rinse off any dirt or debris with cool water. To keep the tooth alive, you’ll need to place it in a sealable container of milk or salt water and bring it to your appointment.
Damaged or lost restorations require timely care, because if they aren’t repaired or replaced, it could result in an infection. If you are able to find your restoration, you can temporarily reattach it (after cleaning it off) to your tooth by using a small dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Although dental emergencies aren’t 100 percent preventable, there are some preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing one:
- Never use teeth as tools for opening packages or cracking nuts.
- Always wear a mouthguard when participating in any sporting event where teeth may come in contact with other players or hard surfaces.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or nails as this can cause chips and breakage over time.
Do you need a severely damaged or impacted tooth extracted? At Hamilton Family Dentistry, we’ll try everything in our power to save your natural tooth, but if it will put your remaining healthy teeth in harm’s way, we’ll likely suggest having the tooth removed. We also offer high-quality restorations, such as dental implants, dentures, and bridges so you can retain the function and appearance of a completely natural smile.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of an emergency dental appointment depends on a few factors, including the extend of the damage to your mouth, what treatment you require, and whether you’ll need to come again for follow-up visits. During your appointment, we’ll discuss the price of treatments with you and never leave you in the dark. We also offer in-house payment plans, additional financing options, and are more than happy to work with all insurance companies to help you maximize your benefits.