OKC Emergency Dentist Families Rely On
You rarely see a dental emergency coming - that's part of what makes it an emergency. When it does come, though, you need to know who you can turn to for help.
OKC emergency dentist, Dr. Brad Mitchell, and his team take dental emergencies very seriously and will do what they can to provide prompt oral care. Treating urgent dental needs ASAP is vital to preserving the oral health and beauty of a patient's smile. In cases where a patient has lost a tooth, for instance, a few minutes can mean the difference between saving the tooth and needing to replace it with a prosthetic.
At Mitchell Smile Design, we do our best to see dental emergency cases on the same day they contact us, and though you can't plan for a dental disaster, we can help you be prepared.
How to Deal with a Dental Emergency?
- Lost or broken tooth: If you've lost or broken a tooth, call us immediately. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Try to locate the tooth if it’s knocked out. Avoid touching the fragile roots of your tooth or using an abrasive to clean the tooth. If possible, replace the tooth in its socket. If you’re unable to replace the tooth, store it in whole milk until you arrive at our office.
- Lost or broken crown: If you lose or break your crown, start by removing the crown from your mouth. If a piece of the crown has broken off or it has broken in half, you will need to see a dentist for an evaluation. If your crown is whole, check to make sure part of your tooth did not break off with the crown. If this is the case, you’ll need to see the doctor before the crown is replaced. If the crown is hollow, you can temporarily replace it using toothpaste or temporary cement from your local drug store. Before replacing your crown, be sure to clean the area around the tooth and clean out the crown. Replace it gently in the socket, and avoid chewing or putting unnecessary pressure on your crown.
- Severe toothache: Use warm salt water to cleanse the area around the painful tooth. Floss gently on either side to ensure a foreign object isn’t caught and causing the pain. If your toothache continues or worsens, call us immediately to schedule an appointment.
- Something caught between teeth: Use floss, tooth brushing, and gargling an oral rinse or salt water to try to dislodge the object. If you are unable to remove the item, call Mitchell Smile Design right away. Do not use sharp or pointed objects to remove lodged materials as you could damage your soft tissue or tooth in the process.
Call to Schedule a Same Day Emergency Appointment
Are you experiencing any of these dental emergencies, or perhaps one that's not on our list? Call our Oklahoma City dental office immediately at (405) 708-5685. We take emergencies very seriously and will do what we can to promptly service your needs.