Emergency Dentist – Mobile, AL

Stop Your Pain and Save Your Smile

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Is a nagging toothache keeping you awake at night? Maybe you fell while playing basketball and hit your mouth? In either case, you need immediate dental care. Although no one expects it to happen to them, dental emergencies are quite common. In fact, 1 out of every 6 Americans faces one each year. If you’re like most people, you may not know what to do when the unexpected strikes. Don’t worry, Parker Dental & Orthodontics is here for you when you need an emergency dentist in Mobile. Call us today and we’ll schedule you an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible at one of our four convenient locations.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies  

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Although dental emergencies tend to occur at the worst times, there are often red flags one may be looming in your future, such as tooth sensitivity. Routine dental care allows your dentist to look for problems lurking below the surface that can turn into a bigger issue down the road. Unfortunately, other emergencies can happen suddenly, like from an accident or injury. No matter the reasons, it’s best to contact our office right away. Until you arrive at our office, our experienced team members can provide you with direct advice over the phone, which may look something like this:

Toothaches

People often think an occasional toothache is normal, but it’s never a good sign. In fact, it often results from an underlying issue, like a cavity or an infection. Depending on the cause of your pain, you may need a root canal. We use the latest innovations in dentistry to ensure your comfort. While you wait for your appointment, use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your toothache.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A tooth can crack or break for several reasons. No matter the cause, it needs to be treated right away. Often, it can be fixed with dental bonding or a crown; however, severe cases may require an extraction. It’s important to keep your tooth clean and avoid chewing on it until after we’ve fixed it.

Knocked-Out Tooth

In some cases, we can save a knocked-out tooth if you act fast. Hold it by the crown and rinse it with water only. Try to reinsert it back into its socket. If you can’t, place it in a cup of milk or water. If we can’t save your tooth, we’ll discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant.

Lost Crown or Filling

Never try to fix a lost filling or crown on your own. Instead, keep your tooth clean and avoid chewing on it. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever if you have any discomfort. We’ll replace your restoration quickly to preserve your smile.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies  

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Unfortunately, you can’t fully prevent dental emergencies, but you can reduce your risk of one by maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings. Also, avoid anything that can damage the teeth, like using them as tools or chewing on inedible objects. If you play sports, be sure to wear an athletic mouthguard to minimize the chance of oral injuries.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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There’s no set amount you can expect to pay for an appointment with an emergency dentist in Mobile. The price will vary depending on your individual needs as well as your level of dental insurance coverage. Before we begin any treatment, we will work with you to find ways to pay for the solutions you need to stop your pain and save your smile.

Keep in mind that even if you’re worried about the cost of emergency dental care, you should still visit us as soon as you can. Why? Dental health problems often worsen over time rather than getting better. As a result, you might end up requiring more expensive treatments the longer you wait. Rest assured that we’ll do everything in our power to help your care fit comfortably into your budget.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Our team at Parker Dental & Orthodontics understands that a dental emergency can leave you in panic mode wondering what to do next. Will I lose the tooth? How do I stop the bleeding? How can I make the pain go away? All these questions and plenty more will swirl through your mind until some sort of resolution is achieved. To help you get the relief, care, and answers you need in a crisis, we have compiled some frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry to help ease your mind and calm your nerves.

How can I ease the pain from a dental emergency?

Depending on your individual situation, the pain from most dental emergencies can be alleviated with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Taking the instructed dosage will help to lessen the pain and make you more comfortable until you’re able to see an emergency dentist in Mobile. Another effective way of reducing discomfort is to use a cold compress. Not only will it alleviate pain, but it will also help to bring down swelling.

When should I go to the emergency room with a dental emergency?

In situations where bleeding does not stop, swelling increases instead of decreases, or you’ve broken or fractured your jaw, it’s always best to seek immediate medical attention at your local emergency room. It’s important that you still call our office to alert us to the situation, but get to an ER as soon as possible, so the situation can be immediately taken care of. Once you are able, get in to see us for additional treatment and care.

How do I know if I need a tooth extraction?

Only Dr. Parker will be able to determine if you require a tooth extraction, but some signs that might lead you to that conclusion include:

  • A tooth that is partially detached
  • Severe decay that has reached the inner layer of your tooth (the pulp)
  • Infection or abscessed tooth
  • Gum disease that has led to loosening teeth

What happens if my toothache goes away on its own?

No matter if the pain remains or goes away on its own, it’s best if you get in to see us and let us check to make sure there is no underlying problem existing. Sometimes, even the most serious issue won’t present normal symptoms, so if the pain isn’t something that you’re feeling, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your tooth is healthy. Problems can exist beneath the surface, so we’ll need to examine your full smile to make sure there’s no cause for concern.

Does keeping a knocked-out tooth in milk really help?

Yes, it actually does help. If you have a tooth that has been knocked out, you need to keep it moist until you can get in to see us. If you’d rather not stick it next to your cheek in your mouth, a container of milk will work. Milk keeps the root of the tooth from swelling up, and it also contains proteins that can keep important cells growing while out of its socket. Just remember, if you experience trauma that results in a knocked-out tooth, get in to see us within an hour of the incident. Otherwise, we may be unable to save the tooth.

If you have a dental emergency in Mobile, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact our office right away for an appointment.