You want to keep your teeth for as long as you can.
Preventing tooth infections and avoiding accidents can go a long way toward that goal. Taking precautions to deal with those potential problems is important as well.
Now, we hope you never need emergency dental care, but if you do, you should feel confident about calling Blankenship Family Dentistry in Stone Mountain, GA.
First Things First
During any kind of emergency dental situation, our first priority is getting you out of pain.
Whether you were hit in the mouth with a baseball, walked into something, or have a toothache, we have the tools to help. Local anesthetic and oral sedation can block your pain and allow us to treat your specific problem.
Each day we are open, we set aside times so we can address emergencies as soon as we can. We understand that ending your pain is the first step toward helping you feel better.
Once the pain has subsided, we can discuss the long-term treatment for your issue.
For someone with a severe toothache, it may be necessary to perform an emergency root canal. By doing this, we can remove the infected tissues (the source of the pain). Then we can fill the tooth and cap it with a dental crown to restore the appearance and function of your tooth. You should be able to bite and chew without pain or discomfort.
For a broken tooth, the treatment may depend on how deep the break is. (The same is true for a cracked tooth.) If it’s not too bad, a dental crown may be all that’s needed to restore your smile. If the break goes deep, it may have exposed the pulp inside the tooth. In that scenario, a root canal could prevent additional pain down the road.
If a tooth has been knocked out, replacing it is the best option. After the pain is addressed, we can discuss replacement options. That could include a dental bridge or an implant-supported crown. Keep in mind, that is will take a little time to complete, but the end result is a healthier smile for the long-term.
Focus On Prevention
Like we noted above, you can get treated for a dental emergency at Blankenship Family Dentistry. However, we would prefer to help you avoid painful problems at our practice.
That’s why we hope you will visit us for regular dental cleanings and exams. It’s why we encourage you to get fluoride treatments (to make teeth stronger) and dental sealants (to protect against harmful bacteria). It’s also a good reason for you to wear an athletic mouthguard during any high-impact activities.