The most obvious kinds of dental emergencies are oral injuries. If your tooth is knocked-out, loose, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged, it will need to be treated by a dental professional to restore it and prevent further complications.
However, a lot of other conditions also count as dental emergencies. Pulled-out dental work (such as a filling or crown) is considered an emergency because your vulnerable tooth could be damaged further if your dental work is not replaced. Toothache pain that lingers for hours or days or any facial swelling points to a serious dental issue is also considered a dental emergency.
As a rule, any oral health problem that is causing you significant discomfort, pain, or bleeding counts as an emergency. It’s important to get care from an emergency dentist in Modesto as soon as possible to resolve your issue and restore your oral health.
Time is of the essence. Recover your knocked-out tooth, rinse it off with clean water only. Put it in milk or place gently back into the tooth socket or set in your mouth next to your cheek to keep it moist. Make sure to only handle the top of the tooth, known as the 'crown' and not touch the tooth root to avoid damaging this delicate area.
Next, call us and let us know you’re coming in right away. You must have your tooth replaced and splinted within 1-2 hours. If you wait too long, the pulp of the tooth may die, and we will not be able to save it. So, above all else, prioritize coming into Downey Park Family Dentistry right away.
Do not try to treat your pain or bleeding on your own. To ensure that your tooth can be replaced and saved, come see Dr. Acree as soon as you can. Call now at (209) 529-0674 to make your same-day appointment in Modesto. And ask about our membership plan that can help you save money on your dental care.
During any dental emergency, we offer powerful numbing agents and sedation to get you out of pain immediately and keep you comfortable throughout your procedure. Depending on the type of dental emergency you are experiencing, our Modesto team will suggest different treatments to repair oral damage. Some of the most common emergency procedures include:
Dental crowns are used to treat large cavities that are too extensive for treatment with fillings, and they are also the best option for repairing cracked and damaged teeth. Crowns may also be required to protect a tooth after root canal therapy. The crowns made at Downey Park Family Dentistry look and feel natural, so you will still enjoy a beautiful, aesthetically-pleasing smile after your treatment.
Root canal therapy may be required to restore a tooth that has become infected due to deep decay or an oral injury. During treatment, the damaged and decayed tooth pulp is removed from the interior of the tooth. area is filled with a dental material and a crown is placed over the tooth to retain the tooth strength and integrity.
A dental implant or a bridge is a great option to replace a tooth that is too damaged by decay or has been knocked out and is not savable. Implants use a titanium screw-like fixture and a specialized implant crown to restore the empty space. A bridge uses 3 or more fused dental crowns to restore the vacant spot. Both are effective dental procedures at our Modesto office that will restore your bite to normal function and improve the aesthetics of your smile.
For the most part, the answer is “no.” The main reason for this is that most emergency rooms don’t have dentists on staff. This means that they cannot treat most dental emergencies. If you walk into an ER with a toothache or a broken tooth, you may be turned away and told to go to an emergency dentist instead.
Also, even if an ER near you offers dental care, the costs of going to the ER are much higher than seeing a dentist. Emergency rooms are intended for life-threatening emergencies, so there are much higher costs associated with receiving care in the ER, compared to at a dentist’s office.
Now, this does not mean that you should never go to the ER if you have a dental emergency. If you truly believe that your issue is life-threatening, you should go to the emergency room. For example, if you are in a car accident and you break your jaw, you need to go to the ER. Or, if you’re having trouble swallowing or breathing due to a severe oral infection, you need to go to the emergency room.
Overall, use your best judgment. Most of the time, it’s best to contact the team at Downey Park Family Dental for an emergency dental appointment. We offer same-day emergency care in Modesto, and are always here to help you get the treatment you need. But if you really think your condition is life-threatening, don’t risk it. Head to the ER.
Not sure what to do? You can always give our team a call at (209) 529-0674 for the guidance you need.
First, don’t ignore it! If you have a very severe toothache that won’t go away, the most likely cause is a tooth infection. Tooth infections happen when the outer layers of a tooth are damaged by dental trauma or decay, and the vulnerable “pulp” inside becomes infected with oral bacteria. The pulp is filled with the nerves and blood vessels that keep your tooth alive, so this causes severe pain that only gets worse over time.
It’s not possible to cure a tooth infection and restore your oral health on your own. Dental treatments such as a root canal and dental crown might be needed as well as an antibiotic. Dr. Corey Acree and his team at Downey Park Family Dentistry will determine the right treatment for you with the goal in mind to save your tooth. Delaying dental care for your tooth infection will only increase the likelihood of tooth loss and a more severe infection.
This depends on how deep the chip is, and whether it’s causing you any pain or discomfort. Teeth can chip if you are struck in the face due to a slip and fall, you take a hit in a contact sport, or even when you accidentally bite your fork or some other non-food solid object.
Generally speaking, if the chip is very small and not causing any discomfort, it is not an urgent dental emergency. We recommend waiting to contact us at Downey Park Family Dental during normal business hours to schedule an appointment with Dr. Acree.
However, if the chip is very deep and jagged, your tooth is bleeding, or you can see a red dot or a pink spot (the root pulp) in the damaged area, your chipped tooth is a dental emergency. Deep chips can cause severe pain and discomfort, and they also raise your risk of developing a tooth infection. If you think your chip is a dental emergency, you’re probably right! Give Downey Park Family Dentistry a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Acree ASAP.