24/7 Emergency Dentist Austin
If you’ve landed on our website in the middle of the night, experiencing some form of oral pain, we know just how badly you need relief from an emergency dentist in Austin. If this is your current situation, we’ve got the help you’re desperately searching for and we can get it to you quickly.
Thanks to our vast network of emergency dentists in Austin, which also includes regular dentists who operate during daytime office hours, we can have an appointment booked and ready to go in your name in as little as 24 hours. Don’t wait for regular office hours, call us immediately.
Checklist of Things You’ll Need to Bring
Though emergency dentists operate slightly different compared to regular dentists, they will still need you to come in and fill out some basic paperwork. Because of this, you’ll definitely want to arrive at least 15 minutes early to make sure you’ll have enough time to fill everything out without cutting into your appointment.
With that said, you should also call ahead and ask whether or not your insurance is accepted. If they do accept your insurance, bring the necessary information needed to make and a process a claim, which will be done by the emergency dentist’s staff while you are receiving your treatment. If they don’t, though, you may want to ask how much your overall appointment will cost so you know ahead of time.
If you’ve been to your regular dentist and has some work done recently, do your best to find any paperwork resulting from that appointment. It can be anything, such as a copy of your patient profile, dental x-rays, or even a payment receipt that outlines what you had done, the cost, etc.
Your emergency dentist will want to know if you are currently taking any medication or have any allergies, so make sure you let him or her know before your treatment begins. It’s very important for your emergency dentist and their team to have this information so they don’t use anything that will cause you to have an allergic reaction, clash with your medication, etc.
We understand that a lot of patients have difficulty visiting the dentist on a regular basis, which should be at least twice per year, because they are uneasy or anxious about going. If this sounds like you, you have nothing to worry about. Every emergency dentist within our network, as well as their teams, never fail to go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are as comfortable as possible.
Same Day Denture Repair in Austin
A lot of patients have come to us with their concerns over finding same day denture repair in Austin, as well as emergency denture repair Austin. With these concerns in mind, we’ve added emergency dentists who work directly with lab technicians to our referral network. Because of this, patients can now have us book an appointment for them and have repairs made on their dentures the same day they visit the emergency dentist. If an entirely new pair is needed, they can have a new pair of dentures fitted on that day, as well!
Top 4 Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies always seem to occur during the worst possible times, especially in the middle of the night when a regular dentist won’t be open for hours. They also like to pop up during the weekend, when patients will have to wait days to receive help. Thankfully, now that you’ve found us, you don’t have to wait days!
Dental emergencies can be very tricky, mostly because they either rear their heads immediately as a result of whatever the case may be, or they finally surface because a number of underlying problems were not discovered and/or treated in time.
However, you need to think about where you need to go first before you make your move. For example, you’ve been in a car accident, have some head trauma, and found a couple of teeth that have fallen out. Right off the bat, because of the head trauma, you must go straight to your local emergency room. One of our emergency dentists can help you with the loss of your teeth once your injuries and trauma are dealt with by an emergency room doctor.
Losing a tooth, developing an oral infection, losing a filling or a crown, and having to go through an emergency tooth extraction are all prime examples of the most common dental emergencies that those in our network face on a daily basis.
The Loss of a Tooth
Losing a permanent, adult tooth can be a very scary situation, especially if you’ve lost more than one. If you’re able to find the lost tooth, make sure you pick it up by the crown. Picking the lost tooth up by the root can damage it to the point of no return, making it impossible for the emergency dentist to implant it back into the socket.
If the empty socket hasn’t taken too much of a beating, you can try to stick the tooth back into place for now until you can see your emergency dentist. Doing so is the best way to preserve the lost tooth. Although, if this isn’t possible, you can also keep it in a cup of water or milk, which is an alternative preservation method that is the next best thing.
If you experienced any trauma, especially trauma to your head, you must get to your local emergency room as soon as possible. Compared to head trauma, the teeth you lost can definitely wait!
Infections of the Mouth
Oral infections, which are more commonly known as abscesses, are one of the nastiest, destructive dental emergencies. Unfortunately, patients typically don’t realize they’re suffering from an oral infection until things really start to go downhill. For example, you’ll be in severe pain, experience flu-like systems, and even run a fever.
Oral infections are able to thrive in teeth that have been chipped badly, especially near the gum line, that basically creates an open door for them to move into. However, this is not always the case, as sometimes you can see an abscess plain as day in your mouth. If you see anything in your mouth that looks identical to a pimple, you need to call us immediately.
Oral infections and abscessed teeth should never be pushed until the very last minute, you will regret doing so. They can be unbearably painful and even result in blood poisoning if they are left untreated for too long.
Losing a Filing or a Crown
Losing a filling or a crown can be both surprising and upsetting all rolled into one. Though you may not be totally alarmed and are thinking things could be worse, losing a filing or a crown is a very slippery slope that you need to get a grip on. You can actually destroy the tooth if you don’t take action as soon as one or the other falls out.
What you need to do now is go to your local drug store and get some dental cement. If you’re unable to find dental cement, some basic gauze will do. The gauze won’t be as effective, but you must cover up the hole until you can get to the appointment we’ve booked for you.
Leaving a tooth that has lost its filing or crown open is playing with fire. Food and debris will get stuck and you run the risk of damaging any exposed nerves. Worst case scenario, by the time you get to the appointment to deal with the naked tooth, it may be damaged beyond repair. If this is the case, the emergency dentist will have no choice but to remove the tooth entirely.
Having an Emergency Tooth Extraction Done
If you don’t already have slight fear over visiting the dentist, you probably do by now. Having to go through an emergency tooth extraction can be incredibly overwhelming, but it’s important to know that your emergency dentist and their team will do everything they possibly can to avoid having to pull the tooth. If there is hope that your tooth can be saved, they’ll do what they can to save it!
The procedure will begin with the emergency dentist fully freezing the area of your mouth where the extraction will take place. You won’t feel any pain, only a bit of pressure.
Next, he or she will coax the tooth out of the socket by rocking it back and forth. If the tooth is proving difficult to remove in one piece, however, it will be broken up into smaller pieces and removed in this fashion.
Before you can leave, the emergency dentist will go over some aftercare instructions that you will need to do at home. Make sure you follow their instructions carefully and to the letter. Doing so will minimize the amount of time it takes for your mouth to heal, avoid infection, etc.
Emergency Doctor vs. Emergency Dentist
Emergency doctors working out of hospital emergency rooms are more than capable of providing pain management, dealing with injuries, trauma, and certain oral emergencies, such as massive bleeding in the mouth.
They cannot, however, help save your teeth. Some emergency rooms have an emergency dentist on call, but don’t get your hopes up. Having one on call or directly on staff is extremely rare.
Emergency dentists are fully equipped to save your teeth and treat minor to moderate soft-tissue injuries. Unfortunately, they cannot help with trauma, especially trauma to the head, and major injuries.
Because the two are very different, it’s important to know where you need to go first. If you’ve had an accident that resulted in head trauma and a few lost teeth, make sure you head to the emergency room first. We can set you up with an emergency dentist while you receive your treatment with the emergency doctor.