Archie Dental Group
Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Elk Grove, CA
You can’t plan for a dental emergency and when one happens, you want immediate, attentive care. At Archie Dental Group in Elk Grove, California, Thaddous Archie, DDS, leads a team of compassionate professionals who are available in emergency dental cases. With convenient hours, including evenings and same-day appointments, the team can help whether you’ve had a tooth knocked out or woke up with severe tooth pain. Call the office if you have a dental emergency and the team will do their best to schedule you right away. You can also book an appointment online.
Dental Emergency Q&A
What is a dental emergency?
If you think you may have a dental emergency, call Archie Dental Group right away to determine if you should come in. Sometimes an alarming incident — such as a chipped tooth — can wait a few days before treatment. But other dental emergencies require immediate care, including:
- A knocked-out tooth
- Severe tooth or gum pain
- Significant swelling or an abscess
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth
These emergencies need immediate attention as it may be possible to save any damaged teeth. You can also get help with pain relief and prevent further complications.
How should I handle a dental emergency?
After calling Archie Dental Group and setting up your appointment, your next steps depend on the nature of your emergency.
Pain and swelling
If you have significant pain and swelling, apply ice packs to the outside of your mouth at the affected area.
Gently brush off a knocked-out tooth, but keep as much of the root intact as possible. Handle it very little and hold it in its socket, between your gum and cheek, or in a cup of milk until you can reach the office.
Cracked or fractured teeth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris. Then, get to the office right away.
Rinsing your mouth with warm water and removing any food stuck between your teeth with dental floss are reasonable first steps. You may apply ice to the outside of your mouth to alleviate pain.
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies often occur due to an accident or fall which can’t be prevented. But you can take precautions to avoid other causes.
Always wear the appropriate sports gear, such as protective masks or mouthguards, so your teeth stay protected during contact play. Also, don’t chew ice, popcorn kernels, or other complex objects that can cause chips or fractures in your teeth.
Good preventive care can help prevent some emergencies, such as abscesses or severe tooth pain caused by decay. For example, brush at least twice daily and floss once per day. Don’t forget to schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups, too. During these visits, your dental team can catch issues that could become an emergency.
Dental emergencies can’t wait, so immediately make an appointment at Archie Dental Group if you suffer an incident. Call the office or book your same-day appointment online today.
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