Emergency Dentist Near Beachwood Is Ready to Save Your Smile

A dental emergency can strike anyone at any time. Whether it’s a sudden, explained toothache or trauma that endangers your smile, it is important that you take prompt action to handle these situations. One of the first things you should do is contact your emergency dentist near Beachwood so we can prepare to see you ASAP. You may also need to take some steps yourself to minimize the damage to your teeth.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

There are a number of situations that qualify as a dental emergency. Here are some of the most common:

  • A severe toothache
  • An avulsed (knocked-out) tooth
  • A partially dislodged tooth
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • Jaw injuries
  • An abscessed tooth
  • A lost crown or filling
  • Excessive bleeding or swelling

How We Can Help in a Dental Emergency

When you call us about your dental emergency, please give us as many details about the situation as you can. Once we understand what’s going on, we’ll be able to give you advice on what to do next. You may tell you one of three things:

  • You should come to see us right away. Some dental emergencies require immediate attention. For example, we may be able to reattach an avulsed tooth, but only if you get to our office within an hour or so of when the tooth got knocked out.
  • You should come to see us within a day or two. If you’ve lost a crown or filling or are experiencing a toothache, you may be able to wait a day or two until you come to see us. We’ll give you advice on how to manage your pain and minimize the damage to your teeth until you visit us for your appointment.
  • You should visit the local ER. If you have experienced a jaw injury or are bleeding excessively, it may be best for you to head to the local emergency room for primary treatment. Later, you can visit us so we can assess how the trauma affected your teeth and gums.

After you arrive in our office, you can expect prompt, professional, and compassionate care to get you through your dental emergency.

What to Do Before You Visit Us

Depending on the situation, there may be some things you can do to increase your comfort and protect your teeth before you get your emergency dentist near Chagrin Falls for your appointment.

In the case of an avulsed tooth, gently rinse off the tooth (holding it only by the crown) and store it its original socket or in a glass of milk or water. Keeping it moist is important in order to to increase the chances that we’ll be able to reattach it.

If you’re experiencing a different type of dental emergency, pain management may be your primary concern. It’s okay to take OTC painkillers, but don’t apply them directly to the gums (this can cause chemical burns). Also, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that is hurting. If you lost a crown, you may be able to reattach it with temporary dental cement.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Woman with toothache asking questions about emergency dentistry

We are ready to serve as your emergency dentist when you need fast, professional care. Still, you likely would like to know more about emergency dentistry and how we approach it. That is why we have compiled this brief list of frequently asked questions. If you do not see the information you were hoping to find, give us a call. We would love to personally satisfy your curiosity.

How Soon Can I Get an Emergency Appointment?

As soon as you call us, we will look at our schedule and make adjustments in order to accommodate you as quickly as possible. We prioritize seeing patients on the same day that they contact us. We know that the sooner you receive care, the sooner you will experience pain relief and the less likely it is that your oral health will suffer long-term damage.

How Much Does Emergency Dentistry Cost?

The cost of emergency dentistry depends on the specific type of treatment we provide. For example, if you simply need a prescription, you are likely to pay less than an individual who needs a major procedure. You can rely on our team to be upfront with you about pricing. We will also help you to explore your payment options.

You should never let concerns about cost hold you back from seeking treatment. The longer you delay being seen, the worse your dental problem is likely to become — and the more expensive it will be to treat.

What Types of Dental Emergencies Can You Handle?

We pride ourselves on being a “one stop shop” for dentistry, which means that our team of experts are able to handle virtually any type of dental emergency. Dr. Pastouk has decades of experience in dentistry, and his advanced training equips him to perform a broad range of procedures, from routine extractions to complex restorative treatments. Whether you have a severe toothache, tooth trauma, or any other problem plaguing your smile, we are ready to leap into action to help.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prepare for a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency can strike any time, so it is wise to take a few steps to be prepared for such a scenario.  Such preparatory steps could include:

  • Saving our practice’s number in your phone
  • Keeping a first-aid kit handy (it should include gauze, painkillers, and a small container with a lid)
  • Acquiring a basic knowledge of how to perform primary care for yourself until you can get to our office

How Can I Prevent a Dental Emergency?

You can reduce your risk of suffering a dental emergency by:

  • Attending regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Maintaining a thorough daily oral hygiene routine
  • Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar
  • Always wearing a mouthguard when you play sports
  • Not biting down on hard objects, such as ice or jawbreaker candies