Emergency Dentist – Midland, TX
Immediate Care When You Need It Most
Dental emergencies can be sudden, frightening, and often inconvenient. If you or your child is experiencing serious oral related pain or injury and are in need of a “dentist near me,” please don't hesitate – contact our emergency dentist in Midland, Dr. Robert Christensen, as soon as possible. Our team will do everything we can to see existing patients and their families as soon as possible from the time of your initial call. And in the meantime, we will try to provide guidance for how to best manage your emergency and minimize your discomfort. We know you’ll find a warm and comfortable environment at our office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When an emergency happens, what do you do? Do you fall into panic mode or remain calm and attempt to sort out the situation? Having a plan in place when accidents or injuries occur will be the best way to handle the problem without causing additional harm to your already injured mouth. To help you feel more confident the next time you face a dental emergency, here are a few tips to consider:
A toothache could have several causes, all of them potentially serious if they are left untreated for too long. If you are experiencing localized pain that lasts for more than one or two days, please contact us. This could be a sign of a serious infection deep down in the innermost layer of the tooth that might require root canal therapy in order to fix it. If you feel that you might have something stuck between your teeth, make sure to rinse your mouth first before flossing thoroughly to dislodge anything that might be causing the discomfort.
No matter how you managed to chip or break one of your teeth, it’s important to try and collect any significant pieces and make sure to bring them with you to our office. Depending on the severity of the break, Dr. Christensen will determine how to best fix your tooth and give you a fully restored smile. In the meantime, use a cold compress to minimize any swelling and alleviate some of the discomfort you may feel.
Do you still have the tooth? Is there a vacated socket in your mouth? If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, retrieve it by touching only the crown and rinsing any foreign particles off. If you are able, attempt to put your tooth back into the socket. If you are unsuccessful, put the tooth in a cup of milk and make sure to bring it with you to our office. Time is of the essence when dealing with a knocked-out tooth, so make sure to alert us right away and get to our office within an hour of the incident. Otherwise, the tooth may no longer be viable enough to save.
Losing your temporary crown may leave you with a tooth that’s overly sensitive and uncomfortable. If you can, clean the crown and reposition it back in place with dental adhesive or a small amount of toothpaste or Vaseline petroleum product. Then, contact our Midland office right away so we can schedule a time for Dr. Christensen to cement it in place again. If possible, try to avoid chewing on the side of the lost filling or crown until you can have your permanent one put back into place.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It’s always comforting to know that your dentist is ready and able to take care of your dental emergency when the time comes; however, wouldn’t it be much nicer to prevent them in the first place? If you want to know what you can do to ensure your teeth remain fully intact and your soft tissues damage-free, here are a few things to remember:
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Most dental insurance companies understand that accidents happen, which is why they will most likely cover all or part of your dental emergency. Depending on the specific problem and type of treatment you will receive, you will need to contact them to find out how much you can expect to spend on out of pocket costs. Our dental team is happy to assist if you are unsure where to start or what questions to ask. We will be more than willing to work on your behalf with the insurance company to ensure your needs are met while keeping your dental care affordable.