Emergency Dentist – Fort Worth, TX
Help When You Need It Most
When something suddenly goes wrong with your teeth, you want it fixed fast! You also want to know that your care is in capable hands. Luckily, our team is available and experienced in handling whatever situation you’re faced with. Dr. Kelly Blair has over a decade of dental expertise saving teeth and restoring them—whichever is needed. She is certified in placing and restoring dental implants and is accredited to sedate patients both orally and intravenously (IV). Basically, she can relieve your pain, help you feel comfortable, and give you back your complete, healthy smile, even if replacement is necessary.
How to Handle Common Emergencies
There are generally two types of dental emergencies: those caused by infections and those caused by accidents or injuries. We can help with both! Whatever your emergency, give our office a call, and we’ll accommodate you as soon as possible. Rest assured that we will provide the care you need to get back to good oral health.
Tooth pain often results from tooth decay that has penetrated to the center of the tooth, where the nerves are. To manage the pain until you can come in to see us, you can use cold compresses on your face and over-the-counter oral pain medication. In many cases, we need to remove the infected portions of the tooth through a root canal in order to save your natural tooth.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Your teeth aren’t indestructible and can become chipped or broken. When this happens, try to collect as many large pieces of your tooth as possible and bring them with you to our office. We will do our best to salvage your tooth, but if it has suffered significant damage, extraction may be the best option.
If your tooth comes out completely, time becomes precious. Come into our office as soon as you can, preferably within an hour, so that we have the best chance of saving your natural tooth. When you handle the tooth, avoid touching the root and store it in your mouth between your cheek and gums or in milk to keep it moist. Once you’re at our office, we can reposition your tooth and place a splint to help it heal correctly.
Lost Filling or Crown
If you lose a filling or a dental crown, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. When you come in, we can place a new filling or a temporary crown while we order a new, custom-made crown.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some emergencies are not preventable; however, many are. Start by maintaining healthy oral habits at home like brushing twice and flossing once daily. Visiting our office twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings is another crucial way you can avoid unnecessary pain and more extensive treatment down the road. At these appointments, we can catch problems while they are small and easy to treat. Also, when playing sports, especially contact sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury. Through taking these precautions, you can ensure your dental well-being for the long term.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because treatment will greatly depend on the kind of dental emergency and the extent of the damage, the cost of treating dental emergencies varies case by case. Our compassionate team is experienced with working with insurance and can explain your benefits clearly to you. If you have a dental emergency, you can be certain that we will listen to fully understand your situation and provide more accurate price estimates for treatment.