Maybe you tripped on your way to work and chipped a tooth on the sidewalk, or maybe your son or daughter is crying nonstop because of a pain in their mouth. When these scary situations occur, the last thing families want to hear is that their chosen dentist can’t see them for another two weeks. At San Pedro Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez prioritizes emergency care and will make time to see you on the same day as your initial call. Better yet, phone service is always available (even after-hours) so that we can arrange relieving treatment as soon as possible. If you need an emergency dentist in San Antonio, don’t hesitate to contact us today!
There are typically two different types of emergencies: a toothache or infection that develops over time due to poor oral hygiene and sudden injury or trauma to the mouth. At San Pedro Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez is experienced in handling a wide variety of dental emergencies. If you’re in pain, call our office right away. In the meantime, you should know what to do in the event of some common dental emergencies.
If your tooth starts hurting out of nowhere, try flossing around the area to remove any debris. If your pain persists, you could have an infection that requires a root canal. Contact our office right away so Dr. Gonzalez can remove all of the infected or decayed tissue while saving your tooth from extraction.
A broken or cracked tooth can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inner portion of your dental structure. If this emergency occurs, use gauze to stop any bleeding that is happening and apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area to ease swelling. After you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office right away. We may be able to repair your tooth, however, there’s a chance that we may have to completely extract it if the damage is too severe.
If your tooth gets knocked-out, don’t panic! You may be able to save your tooth by picking it up by the crown and rinsing it off. Be carefully not to touch your tooth roots, and try to reinsert it back in your mouth, holding it in place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, keep your tooth in milk or water until you can come see us. The quicker that you can come in for treatment, the higher your chances are of your tooth being successfully replanted.
If you lose a crown or filling, you can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach your restoration or cover your tooth. This protects the sensitive portion of your dental structure from hot or cold temperatures that cause pain. Contact us as soon as possible so Dr. Gonzalez can restore your tooth back to its full health.
While it’s impossible to guarantee a life free of surprise dental injuries and pain, there are several tips that our patients can follow in order to keep their smiles safe:
The cost of treating dental emergencies can greatly vary because of the wide-range of treatments that you may need. Some emergencies may only require antibiotics, while with others, you may need extensive restorative work. That’s why it’s almost impossible to give a precise estimate without examining your mouth first. The best way to know the cost of treating your specific dental emergency is to visit our practice. Dr. Justin J. Gonzalez will carefully examine your mouth to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes cost. He even accepts insurance and offers a membership plan to give quality dental care that is also affordable.