Emergency Dentist – Coeur D’Alene, ID
Relieve Pain & Put the Smile Back on Your Face
An emergency by nature is unpleasant, but thanks to the caring team at Orban Family Dental, Coeur d’Alene residents have access to emergency dentistry services when they need them most. We offer same day treatment whenever possible, and we’re happy to provide after-hours emergency care for our patients of record. The best way to ensure patients remain calm and safe during a dental emergency is to make sure that they have a game plan when dental disaster strikes. When faced with any dental emergency, start by contacting Dr. Filip Orban and his team right away. Then, take a few minutes to review our first aid tips below or ask us how you can care for your smile and manage pain until you reach our dental office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
There are two main categories of dental emergencies – those that stem from neglected oral care and those that are caused by traumatic injury. Regardless of what type of emergency dentistry services you’re in need of, our Coeur D’Alene dentist and team are here to help. When you call us during your dental emergency, we can walk you through basic first aid steps, including the following tips to care for your smile during common dental emergencies.
If you’re experiencing toothache, there are a number of oral health issues that may be impacting your smile, including tooth decay, cracks, or dental nerve damage. When decay or damage accesses the interior layers of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary. This treatment removes damaged nerve tissue and replaces them with biocompatible material to preserve dental structure and avoid the need for tooth extractions.
For severely damaged teeth, you should carefully retrieve any large pieces of the tooth, rinse out your mouth, and clean the tooth with cool water. Don’t scrub or use oral hygiene products unless we direct you to do so. We’ll do our best to repair your damaged tooth if possible, but in some cases, tooth extraction is the best option to preserve oral health.
If your tooth is knocked out, do your best to replace it in the vacated socket. Clean out your mouth and rinse your tooth with cool water, but don’t scrub or brush as you may dislodge tissues and fiber necessary for reattachment. To slow bleeding, bite down on gauze or clean cloth. You can also use an ice pack at 20-minute intervals.
If you’ve lost a filling, take care not to chew with that part of your mouth, and be gentle when brushing around that tooth. Try to replace a dental crown to protect your remaining dental structure. If that’s not possible, avoid chewing with the damaged tooth and take care when brushing and flossing. Bring your knocked-out crown with you to the emergency dental appointment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The easiest way to prevent dental emergencies is to stay on top of daily at-home oral hygiene and regular visits to our Coeur D’Alene dental office. In addition to preventive dental care, you should also avoid habits like chewing ice and biting nails or using your teeth to open packaging. If you experience nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, be sure to use your protective oral appliance as directed. You should also wear a mouthguard to protect your smile during athletic events and practices.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There are many factors that impact the costs of treatment for dental emergencies. The most basic concerns may simply involve the costs of your office visit, a prescription, and/or oral health care products. More advanced dental emergencies, like those resulting from serious facial trauma, may require complex treatment plans, involving tooth extraction and replacement, root canal therapy, and more. The best way to minimize the need for the more advanced dental treatments is to contact our team and get started with dentistry services as soon as you notice concerns. Our team is dedicated to providing affordable treatment options, and we are happy to process and file dental insurance claims to offset the costs of necessary dentistry services.