As an emergency dentist in Fort Worth, we treat a lot of patients that are experiencing sudden or severe discomfort. Typically with ongoing dental care much of this can be prevented as regular teeth cleanings allow us to remove plaque and bacteria before cavities can be created, or an infection developed. This, combined with a healthy routine at home, may prevent the majority of dental emergencies. Still, there are things like a car accident, sports injury, or sudden damage that simply can’t be prevented. In this case, we are here to help so that your tooth can be restored quickly.
If your dental emergency involves severe discomfort, we recommend brushing and flossing your teeth. While it may sound simple, many toothaches are caused by a small piece of food becoming stuck, and if you can’t feel it from the outside, you may not realize it is there. Flossing well, can help to dislodge it so that you can feel better. If this doesn’t work, you likely have an infection or cavity that should be examined and treated right away. We can do so quickly while ensuring that your tooth looks natural afterward. With tooth-colored fillings, you have nothing to worry about.
On the other hand, if you have an accident and sudden damage, you may need to see an emergency dentist in Fort Worth for a fast restoration. According to the American Dental Association, the majority of adults injure their teeth while playing sports. This can often be avoided by wearing a mouth guard. However, if an accident does happen be sure to visit our office right away so that we can correct any damage. If your tooth was knocked out in the accident, try to find it, rinse it off and place it in a glass of milk for transportation to our office – we may be able to reattach it.
Regardless of whether your tooth was injured while playing sports or simply playing with the kids, we can typically restore it to its’ natural state by using a bonding procedure, dental veneers or dental crowns. Bonding is done by molding a tooth-colored material into the right shape to replace a portion of your tooth that is now missing. By using a special light, the material will harden so that you can use your tooth again. This solution is quick but not always the best in the long term since it can stand out over time if one part of your tooth is natural and the other is synthetic. A more natural looking solution can be dental veneers or a crown. They are made out of the same tooth-colored material, but a veneer is a thin shell that is placed on top of your tooth where a crown is a cap that surrounds it. Both can save a tooth that has been cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged and as an emergency dentist in Fort Worth, we complete these procedures on a regular basis.