Emergency Dentist – Park City, UT
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Why Choose Park City Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments & Walk-ins Welcome for Emergencies
- Highly-Trained Dentist with Over a Decade of Experience
- State-of-the-Art Technology Leads to Faster Care
Do you have a plan in place in case of a dental emergency? You certainly don’t want to have to come up with it when your child is already experiencing a terrible toothache or you’ve damaged your own teeth in an accident. Should you or a loved one ever require immediate dental care, just remember one thing: call Park City Dentistry. We’re happy to accept emergency patients, and we can even schedule same-day appointments so we can get patients out of pain as quickly as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether you’re dealing with a toothache or broken/knocked-out tooth, you should definitely seek out professional care right away. Ideally, you’d be able to head straight to our dental office in case of a dental emergency, but we know life often makes things less than ideal. Before you’re able to make it to our dental office, here are a few ways to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:
Toothaches can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, ranging from something as serious as dental infection something simply being stuck in between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth, a cold compress and OTC medication can also help provide some temporary relief.
Rinse the mouth with warm water, and try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can. Use a cold compress to control any swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum if it has a rough edge.
Time is a big factor in this situation, as we can only replant an hour or so after it has been knocked out. Find the tooth, rinse it off, and try to place it back into the socket. Otherwise, it can be stored in a container with some milk or saltwater.
Find the restoration, clean off any debris, and see if you can place it back onto the tooth. A little dab of toothpaste can help with this. Be sure to avoid chewing with the tooth until we have a chance to repair it.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Does anyone in your family enjoy playing sports? If so, make sure everyone wears a mouthguard regardless of their age or level of play—this will ensure their teeth end a game in the same condition it started!
- The teeth are strong, but not indestructible, so don’t much on hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, or fingernails.
- If you’re having trouble getting a package open, go grab the scissors instead of using and potentially chipping your teeth!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Our treatment recommendations for an emergency patient are always based on their particular situation, meaning the cost of care can differ quite a bit from patient to patient. One may just need a small filling, while another might require multiple teeth to be replaced. We understand that urgent dental care typically an unexpected expense, which is why we’re happy to make it more affordable by accepting all dental insurance plans as well as offering flexible financing.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t prepared to deal with a dental emergency. During a situation like this, you might have several questions about what to do. Luckily, our office is only a phone call away and we offer same-day appointments for patients with emergencies. While our team can walk you through some basic first aid over the phone, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we get about emergency dentistry.
Will I Have to Be Referred to an Outside Specialist for Treatment?
Most likely, you won’t. One of the great advantages of Dr. Cody Calderwood, your emergency dentist in Park City, is that he is skilled enough to perform many emergency procedures, like root canal therapy and tooth extraction, in-house. Many general dentists do not possess this expertise, often having to send their patients to a specialist like an endodontist, oral surgeon, or periodontist. Rest assured that no matter what your emergency is, you can very likely receive treatment from the dentist you already know and trust.
Do I Still Need Treatment If My Toothache Goes Away?
Some people believe that the occasional tooth pain is normal, but that’s unfortunately not the case. A good rule of thumb is that healthy teeth don’t hurt. If you’re experiencing pain in your tooth, however minor, give us a call so we can figure out what’s going on.
If your toothache goes away on its own, that’s also not a good sign. Many times, intense toothaches are the result of an infection deep within the tooth. When the pain suddenly subsides, odds are it’s because the infection has damaged the nerve inside the tooth, essentially rendering the tooth “dead.” This means that it no longer sends pain signals to the brain. You’ll need to see us for treatment so we can save your tooth from needing an extraction.
I Can’t Afford to See the Dentist. Can I Wait to Go?
Although no one wants to be saddled with a hefty dental bill, but when you’re facing a dental emergency, time is of the utmost importance. Especially in the case of a knocked-out tooth, getting to our office in a timely fashion can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. We understand that you might be worried about the cost, which is why our team will work with you to develop an affordable solution. We offer financing options like CareCredit, which allows you to fund the care you need with very low interest rates.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
You may think that a dental emergency could never happen to you, but the truth is that one out of every six Americans will deal with one every year. Should you find yourself in that situation, you don’t want to be caught off guard. To make this situation a little less stressful, you can prepare a dental emergency kit with the following items:
- Piece of paper with our contact information
- Saline solution
- Small container with a secure lid
- Ibuprofen (don’t use aspirin because it’s an anti-coagulant, which can lead to excessive bleeding)