Emergency Dentistry — Texarkana, TX

Quick, Compassionate Care for Hurting Smiles

woman holding jaw in painFor a broken arm or other emergency, patients know they can visit their nearest emergency room for care, but when the emergency involves dental health, many people aren’t sure where to begin. At Pleasant Grove Family Dentistry, we do our utmost to see patients experiencing the dental emergency right away. If you need help with toothache, jaw pain, or other emergency dentistry needs, call our Texarkana dentist and team right away. In many cases, we’re able to see patients on the same day they contact us, and if we can’t see you the day your emergency occurs, we’ll help you with directions for at-home care and pain management.

Common Dental Emergencies

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Many patients hesitate to contact our Texarkana team because they’re worried they don’t need urgent dental care. However, even if your dental care doesn’t need treatment immediately, it’s always best for us to begin repairing your smile as soon as possible. Additionally, one of our knowledgeable team members can walk you through caring for your smile at home until you reach our office. Some of the dental emergencies we see most often include:

Caring for Your Smile at Home

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One of our skilled dental team members will help you with at-home care and pain management when you call, but for patients who like to be prepared, some simple steps you can take include:

Preventing Dental Emergencies

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We know that many dental emergencies simply cannot be avoided. However, there are some habits you can change to reduce your risk for dental emergencies, including:

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Dental emergencies are typically sudden and overwhelming. Thankfully, your Texarkana emergency dentist has the tools and experience needed to provide quick, compassionate care for hurting smiles. Having as much information ahead of time can help you be as prepared for an emergency as possible, so we’ve gathered some common questions we often get below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away!

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of an Emergency Dentist?

Since most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff, you’ll almost always save yourself time and money by giving us a call about your dental emergency first. However, you should go directly to your local ER for:

  • Dislocated or broken jaw
  • Bleeding that hasn’t stopped in 10 minutes
  • Swelling in the mouth, face, or jaw that makes it hard to swallow or breathe

Is My Toothache a Dental Emergency?

Any time you’re experiencing dental pain you should give us a call. However, certain types of toothaches are warning signs of serious underlying issues that need immediate attention. Your toothache qualifies as a dental emergency if it’s accompanied by:

  • Discoloration
  • Visible damage
  • Severe pain that’s lasted more than a day
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums
  • Signs of a serious infection, such as swelling, discharge, or loose teeth

Do I Still Need to Go to the Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

While it may be a nice change of pace if your painful tooth suddenly stops hurting, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out of the woods. Teeth don’t heal themselves like the rest of your body, so it’s unlikely that the root of the problem has been resolved. In fact, a toothache that suddenly turns into a numb tooth could be an indication of an injury or infection that’s damaged the nerve of your tooth! We need to see you right away to assess your situation and determine what treatments you need, even if your toothache has gone away.

Can I Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers for a Toothache?

There are several steps you can take to manage a painful toothache until you can reach our office. Try flossing around your painful tooth to remove anything lodged between your pearly whites that could be causing the discomfort. Rinsing with warm saltwater is also a good idea, since this will simultaneously ease swelling and clear away harmful bacteria. You can also apply an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes at a time to bring down inflammation and numb the pain.

You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Tylenol as directed by the instructions on their packaging. However, it’s important that you keep in mind that these are only meant to be temporary solutions until you can come see us. Even if you can easily manage your toothache at home with these remedies, leaving the issue untreated will only allow it to grow worse and more difficult to treat.

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