Scottsdale, AZ Emergency Dentistry is Available with Alex Martin, DDS
Dental emergencies can be terrifying, because they involve the vulnerable teeth that you need for speaking, eating, and smiling. If you or a family member is grappling with severe oral pain or a serious dental injury, contact Scottsdale emergency dentist Dr. Alex Martinto receive needed guidance and welcome relief. Our team will do everything we possibly can to see you on the same day if your emergency occurs during our regular dental office hours. After-hours callers can find the doctor’s personal number on our answering machine if the situation is really dire.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
We see a wide variety of dental emergencies, including:
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Fully dislodged tooth
- Cracked/broken tooth
- Object stuck between teeth
- Serious toothache
- Lost crown
- Lost filling
- Jaw injury
- Soft tissue injury
The Most Common Dental Emergency
While other emergencies may look bad, a toothache can be the most painful and quite serious. In some instances, the pain of a toothache is caused by an infection inside the tooth. Normally, the nerve of the tooth is well protected by the hard layers of enamel and dentin. However, if you have an extremely invasive cavity or a penetrating fracture, oral bacteria can migrate to the core of your tooth. In a short time, infection develops and the resulting inflammation within the confines of the tooth can be excruciating. A root canal may be necessary to treat the infection and relieve your pain.
A Knocked Out Tooth or a Broken Tooth
These are the type of dental emergencies that look pretty bad. Nevertheless, there is a solution and time is of the essence. Scottsdale dentist Dr. Martin may be able to reimplant the avulsed tooth or reattach the broken portion if you are seen shortly after your accident.
Until you get to our dental office, you must properly care for the tooth. Clean the tooth or broken piece in clear water. For a whole tooth, try to place it back in the socket and gently bite down. If that’s not possible because of bleeding or if you have only a section of your tooth, store either in a sealed container filled with milk or a mild saltwater solution.
A Dislodged Tooth
If a forceful blow to the face has dislodged a tooth, you can use a cold compress to ward off swelling and alleviate some of the pain. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also be helpful. Never try to force the tooth back into place. Gentle pressure is okay if doing so doesn’t increase the level of pain.
When to Head to the Hospital Emergency Room
If you’re experiencing heavy oral bleeding or a possibly broken jaw, please immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room in your area. After you’ve recovered from the initial incident, Dr. Martin can recommend personalized restorative and cosmetic solutions to rebuild any lost or broken teeth. Whether you’re in need of urgent care or simply searching for a skilled dentist who can handle your next routine check-up, patients from Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact our Scottsdale dental office today!