Summer is a busy time of year for many people. And with families on the go, there’s always the possibility of dental emergencies. But a dental disaster doesn’t have to sideline you. Beaumont Family Dentistry offers you expert emergency dental care to get your smile back into shape fast. Call us today if your smile needs help, and we’ll get you into one of our three Lexington locations as soon as possible.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Routine checkups can help prevent the need for urgent dental care. Getting your teeth and gums regularly checked will help keep your smile in good shape. During your checkups, we’ll look for any problems like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
After a thorough exam, we may recommend one or more preventive treatments to keep your smile healthy. These could include fluoride treatments to help you avoid cavities, dental sealants that form a barrier against disease-causing bacteria, or custom mouthguards to protect your teeth and gums from injury.
Good oral hygiene can also help prevent dental emergencies. Did you know that experts recommend you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time? You should use a soft-bristle toothbrush as well as choose a brush with the right side head for your mouth. Plus, you should floss your teeth once a day to get rid of plaque and debris that can get stuck between your teeth.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene, our team of experts is just a phone call or visit away.
Know What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Chances are, at some point you will be faced with a dental emergency. That’s why we want to help you be prepared when disaster strikes. Below are a few types of dental emergencies that we routinely treat at Beaumont Family Dentistry, along with the important steps to take for each one.
- Toothache – A toothache can be a sign of a big problem such as an abscess, which is an infection in your tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water, then apply ice or a cold compress to alleviate swelling and pain.
- Broken Tooth – If you break a tooth, retrieve any broken pieces and bring them with you to your appointment. Use an ice pack to help eliminate discomfort and any swelling.
- Knocked-Out Tooth – Be careful not to touch the roots of the tooth – retrieve it by the crown (white part). Place the tooth in a container of milk, salt water, or saliva and call us as soon as possible for an appointment. Be sure to bring you tooth with you to our office.
- Loose Crown – If your crown comes off, place a thin smear of dental cement or toothpaste on the inner surface of the crown, then try to secure it back into place. If you’re unable to do so, bring it with you to the office.
- Soft Tissue Injury – If your gums, lips, tongue, or cheek are bleeding, use a piece of gauze or a tea bag to stop the bleeding. If you’re unable to get it stopped, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent treatment center.
Our Treatment Will Make Your Smile Whole Again
Depending on the nature of your emergency, we offer several treatments that can repair your smile. These services include:
- CEREC Same-Day Crowns – If you’re suffering from a damaged or broken tooth, then we can make you a new crown right in our office. Our CEREC system can craft your crown while you wait – you won’t have to return to have it placed.
- Root Canal Treatment – Our office uses rotary endodontics that can repair your diseased tooth and save it from extraction. Rotary tools offer more precise, comfortable treatment than traditional manual tools.
- Tooth Extraction – If we’re unable to save your tooth, then we’ll remove it as quickly and comfortably as possible.
- Teeth Fillings – We use tooth-colored composite fillings that will blend in naturally with your other teeth. Our fillings don’t contain any metal, giving you peace of mind about your oral health.
Relax With Dental Sedation & Our Comforting Amenities
We’ll make sure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. You can take advantage of several amenities to make your care pleasant, including:
- Warm blankets and soft pillows
- Safety glasses to protect your eyes and block any glare
- Headphones so you can listen to your favorite music
- Refreshing warmed towels for after your treatment
- Lip balm to make your lips more comfortable
We offer three types of sedation, one of which will work to calm any anxious nerves you have:
- Inhaled sedation using laughing gas
- Oral conscious sedation in pill form
- IV sedation that will put you in a “twilight state”
Our emergency dental care will get your smile back on track fast. Call us today at one of our Lexington locations.