Emergency Dentist – Marion, IN
Relieving Pain and Renewing Smiles
Dental emergencies can be a terrifying experience. If you or a loved one is experiencing a severe dental injury or pain, don’t wait – contact Bruner Dental right away for assistance. In most cases, Dr. Bruner, Dr. Root, Dr. Sneed, and Dr. Tinsley see patients on the same day as their initial call allowing us to provide much-needed relief. We also offer guidance over the phone for how to better manage certain situations if it will take time for you to reach us. We see a wide variety of dental emergencies.
If you’re suffering from heavy oral bleeding or a possibly broken jaw, don’t wait – go straight to your nearest emergency room for assistance. If you suffered from fractured or lost teeth in the accident, our team can provide you with reconstructive solutions. Contact our Marion, IN location today if you’re in need of assistance! We also see patients from Fairmount, Wabash, and beyond.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you call our team for help during a dental emergency, we will help you to assess the situation and care for your smile until you reach our dental office. Some of the basics to keep in mind during dental emergencies include the following:
If your tooth is in pain when you bite down or sensitive to heat and cold, you may have a cavity, crack, or uneven bite that are impacting your dental function and causing discomfort. In some cases, a root canal is necessary to fully repair the tooth. Until you reach our dental office, you should take over the counter pain relievers as directed. You can also apply topical analgesics to number the area around a specific tooth. Take special care when eating and brushing teeth to avoid further irritating the painful tooth. If you notice swelling or inflammation, you can use ice packs to help relieve this pressure.
A chipped or broken tooth will need to be treated as soon as possible. Take care to cover any sharp parts of the tooth that may damage the surrounding oral structures. You can bite down on gauze or use a small amount of orthodontic wax to cover these sharp parts. Otherwise, you can follow the above instructions for toothache to relieve discomfort until you reach our office.
Whenever possible, you should replace a knocked-out tooth in its socket and bite down on gauze to hold the tooth in place and absorb any blood. If this is not possible, you should still place pressure on the damaged area to slow bleeding by biting down on gauze or clean cloth. Store the tooth in a container with milk or water to keep the dental structure moist and protected until you reach the office. If you’re bleeding heavily or experiencing swelling, use an ice pack at twenty-minute intervals. Try to avoid eating or brushing teeth until after we’ve provided treatment, but if this isn’t possible, take special care to avoid the damaged area. Take over the counter pain relievers as directed to alleviate discomfort.
A lost filling can be treated the same way you would a chipped or broken tooth. If you’ve lost a larger restoration, like a dental crown, do your utmost to replace the restoration over your damaged tooth. You can bite down on gauze to hold the restoration in place, or you can use a small amount of denture adhesive. Take special care when eating and brushing teeth to avoid further irritating the tooth. If you notice swelling or inflammation, you can use ice packs to help relieve this pressure.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Patients of all ages should follow certain steps to help reduce their chances of experiencing a dental emergency. Don’t try opening packages with your teeth. Always use the appropriate tool. Use caution when eating a particularly hard or sticky food. Always wear a mouthguard when participating in a sporting event where physical contact is possible.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency dentistry plan will depend largely on what restorative dental treatments are necessary to renew your oral health. In most cases, the cost of your emergency dental exam and treatment planning appointment will be fully or partially covered by dental insurance policies, and we’ll do our utmost to maximize any available benefits for the restorative treatment plan as well. We are also happy to work with third party financiers to find low and no interest payment plans to keep the out of pocket costs of these emergency services within your budget.