Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

September 26, 2021
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Posted By: Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

Dental emergencies happen to everyone at one time or another. They can be scary, but your emergency dentist in Fayetteville is here to help.

If you have a dental emergency, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible. Typically, we see emergencies on the same day.

Here are a few tips to help you through until your appointment.

Steps to Take During a Dental Emergency

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, we recommend placing it in a glass of milk until your appointment. With timely treatment, your dentist may be able to reposition the tooth into your gum. However, if the tooth cannot be saved, talk to us about tooth replacement, including dental implants.

If you have a toothache, we suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever, provided you are medically able to take pain medication. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that may also help with inflammation and swelling. You can also use ice packs periodically.

In some cases, you may not know what to do or even if your situation is an emergency. We recommend contacting a member of our team.

Everyday Dental Emergencies

Toothaches are probably the most common dental emergency. Often these result from deep tooth infections that require root canal treatment.

Root canal therapy is a pain-relieving and straightforward process. First, your dentist numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue, extracts the painful infected material, and provides a transitory filling. Then, later, we finish the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown.

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that matches your teeth. It also protects your treated tooth to prevent future damage.

For Dental Emergencies in Fayetteville, Contact Us

We provide dental emergencies services to patients in all areas, including our friends in Springdale, Johnson, Rogers, and Cave Springs. 

Give us a call if you have any questions about dental emergencies.

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