Emergency Dentistry – Phoenix, AZ
Here For You Through Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and often without warning. When a frightening incident like this happens to you or a loved one, already knowing a reliable dental team can make a world of difference.
At Devoted Family Dental Phoenix, we always take your trust in us very seriously. Our dental office makes time for emergency cases right away, and we will provide you with a safe and welcoming environment as well where you can feel true relief. If you are in need of emergency dentistry here in the Phoenix, AZ, please contact us right away to schedule an emergency appointment with our experienced doctors.
Why Choose Devoted Family Dental Phoenix for Emergency Dentistry?
- Works to Get You Seen the Same Day
- Open in the Morning and Evenings
- Multiple Dentists In-House for Your Care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you find yourself facing a true dental emergency, it is important to have a plan of what to do first. Our team at Devoted Family Dental Phoenix will also take care to walk you through the steps you can take at home while waiting to get in to see us for an appointment. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to address your problem.
If you are experiencing a toothache, start by using waxed dental floss to try and remove the debris. You will need to move it back and forth gently, being careful not to harm your soft tissue or teeth. Severe, lingering toothaches should also be considered urgent as they are usually a sign of a deeply infected tooth. Please let us know right away if you are in pain so that we can assist you with root canal therapy or another restorative procedure.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
When a tooth is broken or chipped, make sure to retrieve the pieces, if possible, and rinse your mouth with warm water. Using gauze, place it onto the bleeding area and apply a cold compress to reduce discomfort. It is recommended you do not chew on the side of the injured tooth and take a pain reliever. When seeing your dentist, it may be necessary to have a dental crown placed over the injured tooth. However, if the damage is too severe, an extraction may be the only way to save your oral health from worsening problems.
If you have a tooth knocked out, you will need to get to our dental office within an hour of the incident. If you do not, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to save the tooth. So, if this happens to you, retrieve the tooth by its crown and rinse it off. Try to place it back in its socket. If you are unsuccessful, place it in a container of milk to keep it moist.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Should a filling or crown fall out, you will need to use dental wax to cover any jagged edges to prevent your soft tissues from being injured. If you have the crown, try using dental cement to put it back into place until you are able to get in to see us.
Pain/Clenching in the Jaw
The TMJ (or temporomandibular joint) is an important component of your oral health, connecting the lower jawbone to the skull itself and allowing you to chew, speak, and smile without worry. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) can occur over time as a result of several potential causes, such as facial trauma or bruxism. As a result, patients may fall victim to serious and even debilitating jaw pain. Thankfully, our doctors are capable of diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder here in Phoenix.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are not always preventable, but there are ways you can decrease your chances of infection or damage occurring to your smile. Apart from maintaining good oral hygiene and seeking regular dental checkups and cleanings by our team every six months, a few additional tips to follow include:
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or if you are prone to teeth grinding
- Avoid chewing on ice or inanimate objects as these can break or chip your teeth
- Limit your sugar intake to prevent tooth decay and cavity formation
The Cost of Dental Emergencies
Prior to your arrival, make sure you speak with a member of our administrative team. They will review your insurance policy to determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket, if anything, should you require a particular treatment or procedure. No matter what your specific needs are, we will provide you with a reliable cost estimate and work to ensure your dental needs are met in the most affordable way.
Root canal therapy may be necessary when a patient has a tooth that has become badly decayed and/or traumatically injured. Our goal will be to access the inner pulp of the tooth and remove harmful bacteria from this area. After we have thoroughly cleaned the tooth and sealed it shut, a custom-made dental crown is attached on top so that the tooth’s strength and ability to function are renewed.
While the Devoted Family Dental Phoenix team will do everything in their power to help patients maintain their natural teeth, extraction can sometimes become an unfortunate necessity. For instance, maybe a certain tooth is experiencing advanced decay or a severe injury that cannot be rehabilitated. Whatever your situation is, you can trust in our staff to carry out your extraction procedure in a smooth and comfortable manner. We offer amenities like sedation dentistry and pain-free anesthetic delivery when needed to help patients feel truly at ease.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Your third molars (more commonly known as “wisdom teeth”) are the last permanent teeth to emerge from the jaw. They usually arrive when a patient is somewhere between the ages of 16 and 22. However, this is often not a happy occasion, as these teeth are likely to become impacted (partially or fully trapped inside the jawbone) or dangerously overcrowded. During regular appointments, our doctors will be sure to keep a close eye on developing wisdom teeth and recommend extraction as needed for the sake of your safety.