Emergency Dentist – Denison, IA
Expert Emergency Care without the Wait
We never want our patients to be in pain. At 32 & You, we have time set aside every day for your dental emergencies. We’ll evaluate your situation and get you in to see us as soon as possible. Whether it’s a broken tooth, knocked-out tooth, abscessed tooth, a toothache, or any other dental pain, we are here to help. We always welcome emergency patients from around the Denison area. We’re committed to providing the best dental care possible. Call our office for more information. In the event of a life-threatening or medical emergency, please call 911.
Why Choose 32 & You for Emergency Dental Treatment?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
- Skilled Team with Decades of Experience
- Much More Affordable Than ER or Urgent Care Clinic
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you wake up one morning with a searing toothache, or if you suddenly find yourself holding one of your own teeth, the next move you should make is to call our office. We’ll let you know if you need to come see us right away and offer first-aid tips so you can help yourself in the moment. Most dental emergencies fall into a few categories, and below, you’ll find what you should do between the time you call and come to see us at 32 & You.
Start by thoroughly rinsing your mouth and flossing around the tooth to remove any food debris. If the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication and/or use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Do NOT use a sharp object to remove anything that is stuck between the teeth or place an aspirin directly on the gums (this is advice you’ll find on many sites).
Whether due to a sports injury or the result of accidentally biting into a popcorn kernel, you should try to gather up as many pieces of the tooth you can find, and be sure to bring them to our office. The remaining tooth may have a rough edge, and it should be covered with some sugarless gum to prevent it from accidentally injuring the lips or inside of the mouth.
Recover the tooth while AVOIDING the root, give it a gentle rinse (don’t clean or scrub it), and place it under your tongue. This will help keep the tooth alive until we can see you. To give us the best chance of replanting it, be sure to come see us within an hour or so of the initial incident. OTC medication and a cold compress can help manage any pain.
An abscessed tooth means it has developed a severe infection, and common symptoms include swelling near a specific tooth as well as severe pain. You should contact us as quickly as possible if you suspect you or a loved one have an abscess, and an OTC medication can be taken to provide temporary relief.
Fillings and crowns wear down over time, and eventually, they can fall out altogether. Taking a bite of a particularly hard or sticky food can cause a restoration to break/dislodge as well. Try to place the restoration back onto your tooth, and if it won’t stay, some toothpaste or sugarless gum should help. This is a temporary fix, so be sure to come see us to get a proper repair!
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While our team is more than capable of treating dental emergencies, we’d prefer our patients avoid them in the first place, and we’re sure you feel the same way! You can keep yourself safe by:
- Being VERY careful when eating sticky or hard foods
- NOT chewing on items like pens, pencils, fingernails, popcorn kernels, etc.
- Wearing a mouthguard every time you play sports
- NOT using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Getting a dental emergency treated quickly is the best way to reduce any cost and pain associated with the injury. Simply waiting and trying to “tough it out” will only allow the problem to become worse, which may call for a more expensive procedure to address. To make this type of care more affordable, we’re happy to accept many dental insurance plans and also have flexible financing options.