Emergency Dentistry – Plano, TX
Call Us Today If Your
Teeth are At Risk
When a dental emergency strikes, you’ll know by the pain or the damage to your mouth that you need a professional’s help as soon as possible. Our team at Vitality Dentistry will arrange for you to see Dr. Kung at the earliest possible convenience – ideally on the same day. With our various forms of sedation and comfort, we can help you calm down and relax as much as possible while doing everything we can to restore your smile. Call us as soon as you realize you need urgent dental care.
Why Choose Vitality Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
Overcoming Dental Fear
is Our Specialty
- Safe, Comfortable Practice and Friendly Team
- Expert Dentist Performs Wide Variety of Services
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
As frightening and stressful as a dental emergency is, you’ll need to act to take control of the situation rather quickly if you don’t want to risk worse damage. If you describe your symptoms to us over the phone, we can give you some advice for performing first aid. Once you arrive at our office, we can narrow down the underlying issue and treat it appropriately. Here are some tips for dealing with specific issues:
Take ibuprofen or another kind of pain medication if you need to. If swelling occurs, apply an ice pack to the affected area. Rinsing with salt water can often help as well. Many toothaches are connected to inflamed or infected pulp, so don’t be surprised if you end up needing a root canal.
Find the part of the tooth that has broken off and bring it with you to your appointment. If you must eat before you’ve been treated, avoid hard foods and make sure that you’re not using the damaged tooth to chew. Damaged teeth may be restored or extracted depending on the situation.
Try to get to our office within 30 minutes; replanting a tooth is usually more successful if the attempt is made within an hour. Ideally, you should place the tooth back in its socket, but if it won’t fit for any reason, place it in a glass of milk instead.
Check the restoration to see if it’s still intact. Sometimes it’s possible to reattach a crown with sugarless gum or dental cement, although obviously this isn’t a permanent solution. Even if you can’t put the restoration back in place, it’s generally better to save it whenever possible in case it can be reattached.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Since there are various ways a dental emergency occurs, you can’t entirely avoid the risk of one occurring. Nevertheless, you can keep your teeth and gums significantly safer by:
- Brushing at least two times every day with fluoride-based toothpaste
- Flossing on a regular basis
- Always using scissors to open packages – not your teeth
- Avoiding ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, and other foods known to crack teeth
- Getting a mouthguard for playing sports
- Visiting Dr. Kung for checkups and cleanings twice a year
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
It’s important to note that there isn’t really a way to give a general price range when it comes to emergency dental treatments. Some cases are relatively simple and might only require a filling or antibiotics; in other cases, multiple teeth might need to be repaired or replaced. During your emergency appointment, we’ll figure out what kind of services you need, and we can give you a more specific estimate of the final price once a treatment plan is made.
When you first notice the warning signs of a TMJ disorder (persistent pain in the jaw), it might not seem like an emergency at first; in fact, you might even think you can live with it. But as time goes on, the pain will become more severe, and you might find that you have trouble moving your jaw properly. TMJ therapy can protect you from the worst of these disorders, so don’t be afraid to let us know if you think there might be a problem with your jaw joints.