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Emergency Dentist in Jonesboro

Man holding cheek in dental chairEmergencies of any kind can be painful and frightening, but patients are able to dial 911 or proceed to their nearest emergency room if they experience a medical emergency. Similarly, knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can significantly reduce fear and anxiety associated with these emergencies. The first step patients of Woodsprings Family Dentistry should take is to contact our office right away. 

Common Dental Emergencies

Woman in dental chair holding cheek in painWe trust our patients when they call us during an emergency. If you believe your oral health situation require urgent care, we agree with you, and our team is here to help. If you have any doubt that what you’re experiencing is an emergency, here are some of the most frequently treated dental emergencies:

  • Avulsed (knocked out), chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Avulsed, chipped, cracked, or broken dental restorations
  • Severe toothache especially when accompanied with sensitivity to changes in temperature indicative of root canal infection or swollen and inflamed gum tissue around a specific tooth that may point to abscess
  • Chronic or severe dental sensitivity
  • Abscessed tooth or teeth which will likely become apparent due to infection or sores at the gum line around one tooth
  • Broken or damaged dentures
  • Soft tissue lacerations

If you experience severe facial trauma or potentially broken jawbone, we encourage you to proceed directly to your nearest emergency room. Dr. Yarnell will be happy to treat dental damage once any life threatening injuries are treated.

What to Do During Dental Emergencies

Man in dental chair giving thumbs upFirst, one of our team members will carefully walk you through first aid and pain management to address your specific emergency over the phone. Next, they will schedule a time for you to come into the office and get your issue addressed promptly. If you like to be prepared, you can also keep the following first aid tips in mind:

  • Clean the damaged area with cool water, but do not rub or scrub the tooth or soft tissue. Only use oral hygiene products on the damaged area if expressly instructed to do so by a dentist.
  • Use ice packs and cold compresses for twenty minutes at a time to reduce swelling, slow bleeding, and relieve pain.
  • Apply pressure using clean cloth or sterile gauze to slow bleeding.
  • Use aspirin and other pain relievers as instructed, but do not place them directly onto damaged teeth as this may cause damage to the soft tissue.
  • If possible, replace a knocked out tooth or dental restoration, until you reach our office. Otherwise, store teeth and large pieces of a tooth or restoration in a container of water or milk.

Cost of Emergency Dental Care

Patient receiving dental careWhile many dental insurance providers do offer partial coverage for emergency appointments, the overall treatment cost will depend largely on the severity of the dental emergency. At our Jonesboro dental office, we use your emergency visit to relieve pain immediately. Once you’re no longer in pain, we will work with you to create a personalized restorative dentistry plan to repair damaged smiles to full, natural looking form and function. We’ll work with you every step of the way to repair your smile within you schedule and budget.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

The easiest way to reduce risk for dental emergencies is to visit our dental office at least twice a year for preventive dentistry appointments. These appointments will help us keep your smile healthy. We screen for the early warning signs of common oral health concerns, so patients can avoid most dental issues. In addition to these regular preventive checkups, you’ll need to brush teeth for at least two minutes at a time twice a day and floss teeth daily. You can also reduce your risk for dental emergencies by taking the following tips into consideration:

  • Do not use teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts
  • Do not chew on ice, fingernails, pen caps, or other hard items
  • Wear protective mouthguards when you engage in athletic events or to protect smiles from damage from teeth grinding and clenching during sleep

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

smiling older person standing in their living room Are you worried about what to do in case of a dental emergency in Jonesboro? When you contact our office, our team will walk you through any first-aid guidance until you get to our office. For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.

Should I go to the ER or an emergency dentist?

In the stress of the moment, many patients panic and dial 911 instead of contacting their local emergency dentist in Jonesboro. Not only will this likely result in a higher bill, but you also won’t be able to receive the high-quality preventive care you would by visiting a specialist (your dentist). At Woodsprings Family Dentistry, our office is equipped with experienced professionals and advanced technology, allowing us to handle a variety of situations ranging from mild to severe. However, certain problems may require immediate medical attention before you can visit our office. These include deep facial lacerations, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or a broken or fractured jaw. Otherwise, you should contact our office for any other issue that may be causing you oral pain.

What does it mean if my face is swelling?

Facial swelling can be a sign of a severe tooth infection or dental trauma. You can bring down any puffiness by placing a cold compress on your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. This will also help ease some of your discomfort by slowing down how quickly your nerve’s responses are able to travel to your brain. You can also take ibuprofen to help with pain.

Will my toothache go away on its own?

Unfortunately, toothaches rarely, if ever, go away on their own. In fact, the longer you wait to have them addressed, the more likely you’ll experience additional pain and permanent oral damage. That’s why we suggest contacting our office as soon as you notice any discomfort or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. These are often your body letting you know something drastic is wrong and you require urgent attention.

Do I need a root canal?

Many patients are worried to visit their emergency dentist in Jonesboro out of fear of hearing that they need a root canal. The most common symptom that we see in patients who require the procedure are severe toothaches. However, although this treatment has a scary reputation, we make sure that you’re completely relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free throughout your treatment. We even offer sedation dentistry to our patients who are especially anxious about their appointment.