Emergency Dentist’s Office in Jonesboro, AR
A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. While the Taylor-Wagner Family Dentistry team hope it never happens to you, we do want you to be prepared so you know what to do and can get the help you need quickly. Our dental practice provides the community of Jonesboro with emergency dentistry, so we recommend having our office number 870-224-4264 handy just in case you find yourself with an urgent situation on your hands.
Types of Emergency Dental Care
Wonder what actually counts as a dental emergency? There are a few different situations that call for emergency dentistry. Here are some of the most common along with basic instructions about what to do if they happen to you:
If your tooth was knocked out, pick it by the crown, not the root, so you can avoid doing additional damage. You can gently rinse it with water if it’s dirty, but don’t scrub it or use any soap so you can leave any tissue fragments still there intact. Since you want to keep the tooth moist, you can try to put it back in its socket, and if that doesn’t work put it in a cup of milk or hold it in your mouth next to your cheek until you can get emergency dental care.
Severely Cracked or Broken Tooth
Whether or not you’re in pain from your cracked or broken tooth, gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. If you’re bleeding, you can apply some pressure to the tooth with gauze. If you’re experiencing swelling, use a cold compress (like ice wrapped in a washcloth) on the part of your face closest to the cracked or broken tooth.
If you’re dealing with a seriously painful toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water or even a warm saltwater rinse. Take care not to put any painkiller medication near the area that’s aching as it could burn the gums. A toothache can sometimes cause swelling, and if that’s the case with you, apply a cold compress to the side of your face where the pain is coming from.
With any of these situations, it’s a good rule of thumb to first call an emergency dentist so they can bring you in as soon as possible and guide you through what to do until they can see you. Oftentimes, the faster you get professional care for your problem, the easier it is to fix the situation.
About Our Emergency Dentists in Jonesboro, AR
At Taylor-Wagner Family Dentistry, we have two skilled dentists on our team who can provide emergency dentistry. Dr. Bruce W. Taylor earned his dental doctorate at the University of Tennessee College Of Dentistry and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Dr. Kathyrn L. Wagner also completed her dental degree at the University of Tennessee College Of Dentistry and regularly participates with the Northeast Arkansas District Dental Society.
To learn more about Dr. Taylor and Dr. Wagner, visit our Team page. Whichever one you end up seeing for your urgent care, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands.
Don’t wait to get emergency dental care!
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, like accidents that result in a broken tooth, there are things you can do to avoid needing emergency dental care. We recommend scheduling regular appointments with our team to have your teeth cleaned and examined, so we can help you reduce your risk for tooth decay and catch issues early. You will also want to avoid canceling or putting off treatments for long periods of time, as this can lead to minor issues developing into serious issues that require emergency treatment.
How can I be prepared for a dental emergency?
We always recommend that patients keep our practice phone number somewhere where it is easily accessible in case you need to call our office right away. It’s also a good idea to keep salt on hand in case you need to create a warm saltwater solution for a toothache or swollen gums. We also recommend keeping gauze in your first aid kit, which can be used to control bleeding and prevent bacteria from entering an open wound for both dental emergencies and non-dental emergencies.
Should I go to the emergency room or see an emergency dentist?
If you have an injury that is tooth, gum, or mouth-related, you will likely want to see an emergency dentist instead of heading to an emergency room. Dentists are specially trained to treat issues that occur in the mouth, whereas hospitals don’t typically have the tools or expertise required to do things like reattach teeth or treat dental abscesses. If you aren’t sure what you need to do, just give our office a call, and our team can help you decide what your next step should be.