Emergency Dental Services in Louisville, KY
Is your tooth in excruciating pain due to what you suspect is a severe infection? Have you been in an accident and have teeth that are cracked, chipped, pushed out of place, or even knocked out completely?
At East Springs Dental in Louisville, KY, we provide fast, expert, necessary emergency dental services for those that have suffered serious injury. When you have a dental emergency, don’t wait for it to get worse or until it’s too late before contacting our team. Our exam and operating rooms are well-equipped and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Our expert professionals will take exceptional care of you and make sure you get the essential care you need. Whether it’s serious dental infections or extruded teeth, we can repair the damage and work to restore your smile back to its former glory.
What Does Emergency Dentistry Cover?
An injury needs emergency dental services if it is bleeding profusely, involves severe soft tissue damage (such as lacerations or puncture wounds to your cheeks or gums), has pushed your teeth out of position or out entirely, has cracked or chipped your tooth, or is causing you excruciating pain. Whether it’s from a sporting accident or a cavity that went unattended for too long, these are serious issues that should be dealt with as soon as possible so you can go back to living your life without discomfort. The most common dental emergencies include injuries such as:
- Severe, excruciating dental infection
- A knocked-out tooth
- Moderate to severe injury of the soft tissues in your mouth
- A tooth that is cracked and hurting badly
- Teeth that have been pushed out of position and are causing you extreme discomfort
What to Do for an Emergency at Home
When an emergency happens, it’s normal to panic, feel overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do until you make it to our office for emergency dental services. Here are a few tips that could help save your tooth or manage the injury until you’re able to see us:
If you can find the tooth, handle it carefully by the crown, not the root, and wrap it in gauze or a cloth and submerge it in a cup of milk. If you’re able to, you could also gently rinse the tooth and try to place it back in the socket until you arrive at our office. Rinse out your mouth and the tooth socket to clear away contaminants.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If the injury isn’t hurting you, schedule a regular appointment as soon as possible to see what can be done to restore the cosmetic appearance of the tooth. If it is hurting substantially, this means that there is likely nerve or root damage, and you should call us for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
If your teeth have been knocked loose or pushed out of position, gently and carefully attempt to push the tooth back in place, but do not force it. Bite down gently to help hold it in place.
Soft Tissue Injury
Attempt to stifle the blood flow with sterilized gauze, if possible, and either go to an emergency room nearest you or contact us to see if it’s something we should take care of.
For all dental injuries, take ibuprofen for pain, not aspirin or acetaminophen. Tylenol and aspirin can cause the injury to bleed more. No matter your injury, allow us to manage and care for it for you. Best results are obtained when you’re able to see us within half an hour of the injury taking place, if possible.