When you need emergency care, you think of hospitals and urgent care. Naturally, when you experience a dental emergency, you may think the same.
However, that’s not the best option.
If you want the best emergency dental care, contact your nearest endodontist.
What is an endodontist? Why should you go to an endodontist compared to a dentist or the emergency room?
In short, an endodontist is a dentist with two or more years of specialized training in saving teeth and getting you out of dental pain. They’re the perfect choice for emergency dental scenarios!
If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency near Fishers, IN, call our endodontic office right away: (317) 578-2224. We offer a limited number of after hour appointments and will do our best to provide same-day care.
Otherwise, keep reading for a quick guide on must-know tips and facts about dental emergencies.
What’s considered a dental emergency?
If you experience any of these dental problems, call your endodontist right away:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Lost filling or crown
- Dislodged or loose tooth
- Heightened tooth sensitivity
- Gum infection with pain or swelling
- Abnormal swelling
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Severe tooth, gum, or mouth pain
- Root canal complications
The sooner you contact your endodontist for advice or care, the better the outcome will be.
If you’re in doubt, call your nearest endodontist anyway. It’s better to be safe and proactive than potentially putting yourself at risk.
What should you do in a dental emergency?
First, remain calm.
Next, call your local endodontist for advice on what to do.
If you knocked out a tooth, you might be able to save the tooth if you act quickly:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (not the root)
- Rinse the tooth with water (do not scrub it nor use soap)
- Place the tooth back in the socket
- Gently apply pressure to keep it there by biting on a gauze
- If you’re unable to reinsert it, place the tooth in a jar of milk or sterile saline (like contact eye solution)
- Place a cold compress to the outside area to ease pain and swelling
- Call your nearest endodontist
For other dental emergencies, these tips can help ease the pain while you wait for proper care:
- Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater mixture to ease swelling and reduce bacteria
- Take over-the-counter pain medication
- Apply a cold compress to the site every 20 minutes
- If something is stuck, try gently flossing or tying a knot in the floss to dislodge food or debris
Where can I go for a dental emergency?
First, try contacting your nearest endodontist.
Endodontists are specialists in diagnosing dental pain and saving teeth. They’re precisely the type of dentist you want tending to your dental emergency.
At Advanced EndoCare, our team is known for:
- Offering the most comfortable care with sedation dentistry options available
- Providing same-day treatment when possible
- Performing over 80,000 successful root canals
- Having 35+ years of experience
- Providing emergency dentistry treatments, like splinting loose teeth and removing an infection from your tooth
We take dental emergencies seriously because of how uncomfortable you may be, and we want to prevent your oral health problems from becoming life-threatening.
Your next best option is to contact your dentist.
Dentists can also help you with a dental emergency by diagnosing your problem, providing treatment, or referring you to a specialist.
Your last resort should be the ER.
Unless your dental emergency is life-threatening, we recommend avoiding the emergency room.
Most hospitals don’t have dental professionals on staff, which means they can only treat your symptoms, such as providing painkillers or antibiotics.
In some states, it’s illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform dental procedures, even in an emergency.
This means you still need to visit a dentist or endodontist for treatment, and you’ll be stuck with two bills: the ER visit and dental procedure.
Save yourself time, money, and pain by calling an endodontist or dentist first.
How to avoid a dental emergency.
The good news is you can avoid most dental emergencies by simply doing the following:
- Visit your dentist for regular exams and cleanings
- Don’t delay or avoid recommended dental treatments
- Maintain a proper at-home hygiene routine
- Don’t use your teeth to open items (bottles or packages)
- Don’t chew on hard items (ice or pencils)
- Limit your sugar intake
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
Need to contact an emergency endodontist?
Our endodontic office is based in Fisher, IN and serves communities all over the greater Indianapolis area. We’re always accepting new patients and referrals.
If you need immediate help, give us a call: