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Emergencies

Just because there is something wrong with your teeth, does that mean you need to see a dentist right away? How do you know if your dental problem is an emergency or if it can wait? You probably do not think of the type of these questions very often, but they are not the type of questions you want to be worrying about when you are facing a dental emergency. At our office in Arlington, TX, we offer emergency services for nearly any dental emergency and can help you prepare for the worst.

Broken Tooth or Restoration

A common dental emergency is a broken or chipped tooth or restoration. Leaving a broken tooth or restoration without treatment for long could lead to infection and further damage to the tooth, so you should visit your dentist as soon as possible if you break a tooth. Broken wires in braces also call for emergency treatment, as they can be uncomfortable and cut into your gums and cheeks.

Dislocated Tooth

Immediate dental treatment will be necessary if you lose a tooth because it was knocked out of place or completely out of its socket. If possible, you should gently rinse any debris off the tooth with clean warm water and carefully try to put the tooth back in place. Even if you cannot do this, you should still get to the dentist immediately in case he or she can still get the tooth back in place and save it.

Abscess/Toothache

An abscess is a true emergency, and if you do not get it treated in time, it may call for a trip to the emergency room. To avoid all of that hassle, drama, and expense, if you have a painful pimple-like bump on your gums, make an emergency appointment with us and get dental treatment immediately.

Bleeding

If your tongue, cheeks, or gums are bleeding and you cannot stop the bleeding, you should make an emergency dental appointment and get treatment as soon as possible. It is important to find the reason for the bleeding and make sure it is treated. If any of these things happen to you, don’t hesitate to call (682) 323-3299 to make an emergency appointment. 

Crack Tooth Steps

Many situations bring people into our office with cracked teeth. Perhaps you were eating something hard and felt it crack, or maybe you were playing sports, and the tooth was injured. Regardless of the reason for the crack, the steps taken after a tooth breaks are important. Teeth that are chipped or cracked are weaker than other teeth, leaving them susceptible to further damage. Dr. Rami Sater, an Arlington, TX area dentist, shares his tips for what to do if you experience cracked teeth. 

While our teeth are extremely hard and durable, when damage occurs, it is important to seek dental care as soon as possible. In the meantime, take the following steps:

  • Keep any pieces that may have separated to give to the dentist
  • Use a warm salt water rinse
  • If you are experiencing pain, you may use over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Protect sharp edges with dental wax or sugarless gum
  • Consume soft foods

Once in the office, repairing the cracked tooth will depend on the extent of the damage. Small chips can often be repaired with dental bonding. These restorations are made of composite resin and can be color matched to blend in with the natural tooth. For larger cracks or ones located on back teeth, a filling may be used. 

Dental veneers are another option for fractured teeth. The thin porcelain is bonded to the front of the tooth for a brand new appearance. 

If there is a large piece cracked off the tooth, or the tooth has decay, a dental crown may be recommended. This cap will strengthen the weakened tooth to protect it from further breakage. Dental crowns are made of porcelain and can be matched to look like adjacent teeth. 

In some cases, the break may extend down to the pulp chamber of the tooth, exposing the nerves and blood vessels. If you are experiencing intense or shooting pain, this may be the case. When the pulp of the tooth has been compromised, root canal therapy will be necessary to remove the damage. The tooth will then be cleaned, sealed, and then covered with a crown. 

pain relief | arlington tx dentistUnexpected dental problems can cause a great deal of anxiety, as well as pain. If you experience an urgent dental situation, it can set your mind at ease to know that prompt care is available. Arlington, TX dentists such as Dr. Sater understand that your first priority in handling a dental emergency is to put an end to pain. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we are happy to see existing patients as well as new patients who need immediate attention for a dental problem.

Our practice is committed to seeing dental emergencies as quickly as possible. If you are able to contact us during office hours, we will adjust our schedule if possible to see you the day you call. If your dental problem occurs at night or on a weekend, please do not hesitate to call our office for the next available appointment time. A call to our office can also lead you in the direction of immediate emergency care, or pain-relieving solutions until you can be seen.

Special considerations

There are a number of dental emergencies that may occur, and various ways to handle the situation. If a tooth or restoration is broken, the best thing to do is bring all of the broken pieces to our office. Until you can be seen, take extra care not to irritate exposed nerves. In addition to dulling pain with over-the-counter medication, you can also eat and drink foods and beverages at room temperature, which is gentler to the injured tooth.

We attend to your comfort in a friendly setting

When you visit Rush Creek Dentistry, you will notice right away that we care about your comfort. While our reception area is welcoming, we move you into your treatment room as quickly as possible. Here, you can sit back and relax beneath a comfortable blanket. While we attend to your dental problem, you can listen to music or watch television. If your dental situation has taken a toll on your emotional well-being and you are feeling stressed and anxious, we can make you more comfortable with sedation.

Dr. Sater and our dental team know how distressing unexpected dental problems can be. We are here to help you get back to better oral health. Call (682) 323-3299. 

Damaged a Restoration

Though the most common dental emergencies may be problems like a toothache or a dislodged or broken tooth, a damaged restoration can also require immediate care. Restorations are often in place to protect and preserve the structure and health of an already damaged tooth. If the restoration is damaged, this also compromises the already vulnerable tooth or leaves room for other dental problems to occur. As a result, it is important to know a dentist who offers emergency services in Arlington, TX and can fix your restoration as soon as possible.

Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington provides emergency services for our patients’ emergency dental needs. Our services include being able to deal with a broken restoration in an emergency. Some of the problems you could have with a restoration are the following:

  • Filling that has come out
  • Broken filling
  • Crack or fracture in a tooth from filling
  • Cracked or broken dental crown
  • Veneer that has cracked or fallen off
  • Broken denture
  • Cracked or broken dental bridge
  • Dental implant that is loose, fractured or has fallen out

Since most of these problems don’t immediately damage your teeth and may not cause pain, they may not seem like a big deal. You should still see a dentist as soon as possible if any of these things occur because, as with most things, the sooner you deal with a problem the easier it is to fix. An emergency dentist can help to minimize damage that has occurred to your teeth and relieve pain or sensitivity you may feel. In some cases, the dentist may place a temporary restoration until a permanent solution can be found. Our goal is to reduce any discomfort you may feel and preserve the health of your smile.

As soon as you experience damage to any of your dental restorations or have any other dental emergency, call Rush Creek Dentistry at (682) 323-3299 . We will let you know what you can do to manage your dental emergency and then get you in to our office to see the dentist as soon as possible. 

Dental Emergency Help Line

Have you ever considered what you should do if you have a dental emergency? If not, it’s probably time to give it some thought before you don’t have the luxury of figuring it out. When an emergency strikes, you will wish you knew what to do. This is when we can help.

The first thing you should remember to do when an emergency strikes is to call Rush Creek Dentistry at (682) 323-3299 for emergency dental care. We can provide the best emergency care for our patients in Bedford, TX and surrounding areas. Since you never know where or when an emergency might strike you should keep our number in your phone so that you will be ready at any time. When you call, we can schedule a time for you to come in to the office as soon as possible, and we will give you instructions on what you should do in the meantime. 

Some of the things we might suggest include taking pain relievers, especially if you have a toothache. It is important that you avoid taking aspirin since it can increase any bleeding. We may also suggest that you place an ice pack over the area to reduce swelling and numb the pain. 

If you have lost a tooth and call us soon enough, we may be able to instruct you on how to clean and place the tooth back in its socket. When this is not possible, we will still tell you how to preserve the tooth in a saline solution or milk and get in to the office immediately so we can try to get the tooth back in place.

In some cases, we may ask you to gently rinse or try flossing and cleaning your teeth. We may even suggest something unconventional such as placing a piece of sugarless gum in a cavity where a filling has come out or placing a moist tea bag over an injury to stop it from bleeding. 

Before you do anything yourself, please call our emergency care number and follow our professional dental advice. We will do our best to make sure you can get in to see the dentist as soon as possible. 

First, what is a dental emergency? A dental emergency can occur at any time if something happens to your teeth, gums, or other soft tissues in your mouth that causes you pain and requires immediate treatment. Immediate dental treatment is often harder to get than you might think, which is why you should choose a dentist in Arlington who can provide emergency services. 

Usually, a dentist’s schedule is so packed that dental patients have to schedule an appointment weeks or even months in advance. This means that most dentists are limited by their schedules in their ability to see a patient with a dental emergency promptly. Rush Creek Dentistry is prepared to help patients with a dental emergency as soon as possible. We are ready to get a new or regular patient in for emergency treatment on the same day they call during business hours. If your emergency occurs after hours, you will be given instructions about what you should do until you can see the dentist. Here are some of the ways we might instruct you to deal with some common emergencies:

  • Toothache – If you have a toothache, you should try rinsing your mouth and gently flossing to remove food particles to see if this eases the pain. If not, you may take a painkiller, but do not let it rest on your gums, as it can burn them.
  • Broken or Chipped Tooth – Rinse your mouth gently, and try to save any broken pieces. You may keep swelling down with a cold compress and apply pressure with gauze to stop bleeding.
  • Dislodged tooth – A tooth that has come out of its socket should be gently rinsed with water and replaced in the socket if possible. If this is not possible, you can place it in milk or a saline solution and get to a dentist immediately.
  • Bleeding or swelling – Rinse your mouth gently with water and apply light pressure with a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. Place a cold compress on the outside of your cheek or lip to reduce swelling.

If you experience any of these or other dental emergencies, call our office at (682) 323-3299 to find out how you should handle your emergency. 

Repair Your Smile

Your teeth can fall out, they can be knocked out by an accident or trauma, or they may become chipped or broken. They may also begin to decay and cause you pain when you least expect it. When you visit an emergency dentist at Rush Creek Dentistry in Mansfield with a dental injury or any other dental emergency like one of these, you can trust that the dentist will find the right solutions for the reconstruction of your smile. 

The dentist will first need to determine the type of emergency you have and the extent of the damage. Above all, the dentist's goal will be to save your natural tooth for as long as possible. However, it is not always possible to save an entire tooth and if your tooth has fallen out, or needs to be removed, your dentist will have to restore your smile. Even if the tooth can be saved, it may still be damaged by chips or cracks that make it unattractive. 

When you have lost a tooth or when your tooth is damaged by decay, chipping, or fractures, the dentist will want to discuss the reconstruction of your smile. The solutions used will depend on the damage to your smile as well as your own desires and your budget. Rush Creek Dentistry offers many cosmetic and restorative solutions that can make a damaged smile beautiful and healthy again. Depending on your dental needs, you may benefit from one of the following treatments:

  • Dental veneers or Lumineers
  • Dental implants or mini implants
  • Snap-On Smile
  • Six Month Smiles
  • Porcelain crowns

When you come to Rush Creek Dentistry with a dental emergency, we can do more than just handle the emergency. We will use the best solutions available to make sure you still have a beautiful and functional smile even after your dental emergency. If you have damaged teeth from a dental emergency, call our office at 682-323-3299 today to find out how we can restore your smile. 

Toothache into Dental Emergency | Rush Creek DentistryToothache Dental Emergency

To most people, a dental emergency may seem like something that happens to cause injury to a tooth, the gums, or another area of the mouth. A sporting accident may be envisioned, or a break caused by a hard piece of food. In fact, one of the most common reasons that people visit their dentist for urgent care is that they have a very bad toothache. 

Most of us have experienced a toothache at some point. At Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington, Texas, we partner with patients to proactively prevent dental problems that could lead to unnecessary pain and stress. Still, we understand that some people may develop pain such as:

  • A constant, dull ache
  • Throbbing in a tooth or in a localized area
  • Intense, sharp pain that occurs if a tooth is exposed to hot or cold, or to sugar
  • Shooting pain that affects the mouth, face, or even the ear
  • General oral or jaw pain

Even when you are in pain, you may not think of your toothache as a dental emergency. You may be wrong. A toothache develops because damage has occurred somewhere inside of the tooth. Infection may be near the tooth root. Treating tooth pain with pain relieving medication instead of professional dental care might provide temporary relief. However, this approach can allow infection to worsen, leading to a more complicated problem down the line. The staff at Rush Creek Dentistry encourages patients to schedule a visit at the first sign of pain. This allows us to perform care in the most conservative manner. 

Because toothaches are often the result of poor oral health, we encourage our patients to maintain regular visits with their dentist and hygienist. Routine care checks teeth and gums for early signs of decay and infection. Cleanings remove built-up plaque and tartar, making it more difficult for oral bacteria to weaken tooth structure. 

Home care is a vital aspect of oral health, as well. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily inhibits the formation of plaque. For additional protection, follow up with an antiseptic mouth wash. 

Whether you need an urgent appointment or you want to see us for preventive care, you will benefit from our personal care and attention to detail. Call (682) 323-3299. 

Emergency Dentist

Dental emergencies happen. They are unexpected, but can be addressed with the help of the fast, effective dental team at Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington. Patients in the area who need the assistance of an emergency dentist can contact our team to receive efficient care.

At Rush Creek Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies can be scary, and we know that in some situations, time is of the essence. By taking care of a dental emergency right away, we can increase the possibility for success. When patients have experienced trauma to the mouth, we may be able to save the natural tooth. We can address breakage that can occur, and can help in reattaching teeth that have been knocked out. To do so, we must see patients as soon as possible. We do our best to see patients on the same day as their dental emergency. We can help new patients in our practice when unexpected situations such as these arise.

Patients who have experienced breakage, pain, trauma, or damage to their teeth or gums are encouraged to contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible for assistance. In some cases, first aid such as over-the-counter pain medications, ice packs, and dental adhesives may help. It is important to stay calm and call Rush Creek Dentistry as soon as the problem occurs to ensure prompt, immediate care when needed.

Some dental problems can be avoided. Patients who want to avoid the development of dental concerns such as injuries and toothaches can do so with regular protection. Patients who participate in contact sports should always wear mouth guards, and patients with dental restorations such as crowns and veneers should avoid eating hard candies, ice chips, and sticky foods such as taffy, as it can cause the restoration to dislodge. Diets low in sugars and regular home care with brushing and flossing can reduce the possibility for deep cavities, which can cause pain and discomfort.

If you live in the Arlington area and want to be properly prepared for any emergency that may happen to your smile, keep the number for Rush Creek Dentistry readily available. Even if you’ve never visited our office, we are happy to help you with your immediate needs and see you again in the future under more positive circumstances!

Repair Your Smile in an Emergency

An emergency requires immediate action. That means that when an emergency strikes, there is no time to figure out what to do in that moment itself. This is why it is important to prepare for different types of emergencies before they occur.

Dental emergencies are no different from any other kind of emergency. The most important way to be prepared for a dental emergency is to have the number of the closest dentist in Arlington, TX who can repair your smile in an emergency. Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington offers emergency dental care and you can call us at (682) 323-3299 at any time to find out what you should do to deal with your dental emergency. We will try to get you in to see the dentist within the day during business hours and will advise you on what to do after hours.

You should also be prepared for emergencies that could occur so that you will have an idea of how to deal with them. Here are some dental emergencies that could happen to you:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth or crown
  • Severe toothache from an infected tooth
  • Abscess
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Bleeding gums, cheeks, tongue or lips
  • Filling or crown that has come out
  • Broken braces
  • Something stuck between teeth

Though in some cases, simply rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing your teeth may alleviate some of these problems, most of the time if you feel that any of these are a dental emergency, they probably cannot be dealt with on your own. This means that you will need to get to a dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Even when you cannot see the dentist right away, when you call Rush Creek Dentistry, you will receive instructions on what you should do to minimize damage and pain until you can see the dentist.

Don't take a dental emergency lightly and allow yourself to be unprepared when it strikes. Keep our number (682) 323-3299 in your phone so that you will know what to do when you have a dental emergency. 

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