Emergency Dentistry in Red Bluff

What Is Emergency Dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the treatment of dental injuries or emergencies that require immediate attention. This category is broader than you may think. It includes things like chipped, broken, and knocked-out teeth. But it also includes other issues like oral bleeding, failed dental work like loose fillings, tooth pain, and much more.

Generally speaking, if you’re in a lot of oral pain or discomfort, or your mouth is bleeding, you need to see an emergency dentist in Red Bluff, such as Dr. Leah Stroing or Dr. Megan White. At Stroing and White Dental, we offer same-day, after-hours, and weekend emergency care for our patients. Contact us now at (530) 527-1350 to get help.

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Did you know…

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Having a toothache is the most common dental emergency. A painful, prolonged toothache could indicate a tooth infection, which must be treated right away with root canal therapy in order to save your tooth.

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

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Call our office ASAP

As soon as you notice your emergency, give us a call. We have flexible hours, and we’re always here to help patients get the care they need in Red Bluff, CA.

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Recover tooth/dental work

If you've lost a tooth, grab it by the top and rinse it off with water. Put it into a plastic container of cold milk. You need to see a dentist within 1-2 hours to save your tooth. If you’ve lost a piece of dental work, recover it, rinse it, put it in a plastic baggie or container, and bring it into our office with you.

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Deal with pain and bleeding

If your tooth hurts, you can take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or naproxen. If you’re bleeding, use a piece of clean gauze, a paper towel, or a cotton ball to absorb blood. You can also ice the cheek near your affected tooth to help with pain and swelling.

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Come into Strong and White Dental

Come to your emergency appointment as scheduled. You can’t fix a dental emergency on your own, so it’s important to get help from Dr. Stroing or Dr. White as soon as possible.

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The Importance Of Immediate Emergency Care

Immediate emergency care has lots of benefits. With immediate care, you can get relief from your pain and discomfort. You’ll also minimize your risk of future complications, and the overall cost of your emergency care. The sooner you get help, the more likely it is that your tooth can be saved.

Same-Day and After-Hours Care

At our office, we offer same-day care for dental emergencies. If you think your condition is an emergency, just call us at (530) 527-1350, and we’ll see you as soon as possible.

We also know that emergencies don’t happen just on weekdays from 9-5. That’s why we offer after-hours appointments for serious dental emergencies. If you need help in Red Bluff, please give us a call right away.

Common Emergency Dentistry Procedures

Restorative care is usually needed for emergency dental problems. Root canals for infected teeth are common, and fillings and dental crowns are also used to repair decayed, damaged, or broken teeth.

Tooth splinting is the best choice for a loose or knocked-out tooth, and involves the splinting of the tooth to the adjacent teeth, which allows it to heal and re-attach to your mouth. Tooth extractions are also sometimes needed for teeth that are too damaged to save. 

The right procedure depends on your unique situation, though. So don’t wait. If you think you need emergency dental care in Red Bluff, you’re probably right. Give us a call at (530) 527-1350 to schedule your same-day emergency appointment now.

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What Will a Dentist Do in an Emergency Situation?

Emergency dentists are dentists specially trained to handle emergency dental situations. In case of dental emergencies, the dentist will first assess the situation to determine the extent of the injury and the next course of action. Part of the assessment may include taking X-rays, photographs, and reviewing your medical history.

The dentist will then administer something to manage the pain, typically an anesthetic or a strong analgesic. In cases of broken or dislodged teeth, the dentist will try to stabilize the situation by repositioning the tooth or installing a temporary crown. Finally the dentist will create a treatment plan and administer the treatment as described in the plan.

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What Is a Common Dental Emergency?

Toothaches and bleeding gum are some of the most common dental emergencies. A large chunk of toothache cases result from extensive tooth decay leading to painful cavities. Knocked out or fractured teeth also cause excruciating pain that requires prompt attention from an emergency dentist.

Bleeding gums, on the other hand, is caused by advanced periodontal disease or scraping the gums with a sharp object. The former requires scaling and root planing to get rid of the tartar and plaque that forms on the gumline. The dentist might apply pressure on the gums and apply hemostatic agents to control the bleeding before actual treatment.

What Should I Do About a Severe Toothache?

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The best solution for a severe toothache is to see the dentist immediately. However, if a dentist is out of reach, you can try rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water solution. About half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water should do the trick. Alternatively, you can try rinsing your mouth with a 50-50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide. If both don’t work, consider taking a strong store-bought painkiller.

What Should I Do If I’ve Knocked Out a Tooth?

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Knocking out your tooth can be a  frightening experience, but it’s important to stay calm to make the best of the situation. While calm, gently pick up the knocked out tooth and rinse it with slow running water. If possible try to put the tooth back in its socket and bite on a gauze to secure it in place. If you can’t, put the tooth in a jar of cold milk or a salt solution.

Next, try to see an emergency dentist as soon as you can. You can fully restore your dislodge teeth if you get to the dentist an hour after it falls off. The dentist will control bleeding and manage the pain and take steps to salvage your tooth. 

What Should I Do About a Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth?

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The first thing to do after you crack or chip your tooth, is to rinse your mouth to remove any broken fragments. Next, you’ll want to save any broken fragments, in case the dentist can piece your tooth back together.  Store these fragments in a jar of cold water or milk to preserve its moistness.

Schedule an emergency dental appointment, and take OTC painkillers while you wait to see the dentist. The dentist will then assess the severity of your tooth crack or fracture and chart the best way forward.