You wouldn’t be the first person to be endlessly Googling “emergency dentist El Paso” in the middle of the night, desperately trying to find immediate help for the oral pain you’re experiencing. Luckily for you, you can stop what you’re doing. You’ve found the help you’re looking for.
Our El Paso emergency dentist referral network operates 24 hours a day, which allows us to book patients an appointment with the best emergency dentists in El Paso as soon as they need help. We can have an appointment booked and ready to go in as little as 24 hours time. All you have to do is call us at (855)-352-6790, so don’t hesitate any longer.
What You Will Need to Bring to Your El Paso Emergency Dentist Appointment
You will need to bring a couple of things with you to your El Paso emergency dentist appointment, so make sure you have everything with you, ready to go, while you wait for us to call you back with the details of your appointment.
To begin, make sure you have an acceptable piece of personal identification, such as a birth certificate or a driver’s license, ready to bring with you. If you have seen a regular dentist recently and came home with paperwork or documentation, make sure you bring that with you, too.
It’s very important that you let the emergency dentist and their staff know about any medications you’re regularly taking or any allergies you are aware of. We suggest making a list so they have something to refer to during your treatment. The last thing they want to happen is for them to give you something that you’re allergic to or that will clash with your medication, so let them know.
By now, you should have received a call from us to give you the time, date, and the location of your appointment with an emergency dentist. Now that you know where you’re going, you should consider calling the office to get a quote or to see if your current dental coverage through your insurance provider, if applicable, will be accepted.
You need to give yourself at least 15 minutes to fill out paperwork, ask questions if you have them, and address any concerns or anxieties you may be feeling on the day of your appointment. Emergency dentists operate much like your regular dentist does, so give yourself enough time for all the necessities to ensure you don’t cut into your appointment.
Finally, don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re uneasy or feeling afraid. Emergency dentists and their teams are used to patients who are scared. They know what their patients need in order to feel calm and relaxed for the entire appointment.
Same Day Denture Repair in El Paso
Broken or destroyed dentures, for whatever reason, are just as much of a dental emergency as a broken tooth. Dentures are made to help you, not hinder you. Emergency denture repair in El Paso is now fully available to patients who need the help, due to the fact that a few of the emergency dentists in our network work directly with denture lab technicians.
We also offer same day denture repair in El Paso for those who need minor to major repairs or to be fitted for a brand new set of dentures. Whatever your dentures require, or if you need to be fitted for a pair, it can all be done on the same day you come in.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies Seen by Emergency Dentists
Even though you may not be able to control when a dental emergency occurs, knowing a bit about the most common ones can save you when one is taking place. Going through a painful dental emergency is never easy to do.
Keep in mind, though, any direct trauma to the head, such as a concussion, for example, requires that you go to your local emergency room straight away.
Denta emergencies, unfortunately, don’t have anywhere they need to be in the morning like we do, so being prepared is the best way to get through one.
Dealing With Lost or Knocked Out Teeth
If you’ve had a tooth fall out for whatever reason, be it a random or due to a car accident, for example, you’ll need to make sure that no other injuries take priority over it. After you’re sure that you’ve avoided serious head trauma, you’re clear to search for the missing tooth.
The only way the emergency dentist will be able to successfully implant the tooth back into the empty socket is if it remains relatively undamaged. In order to not damage it further once you’ve found it, pick it up by the top of the crown. Picking it up by the root will damage it, so make sure that you don’t.
You now have a couple of different preservation methods that you can choose from. You can put the tooth back into the empty socket temporarily yourself or put it in a cup of milk or water. Whichever method you choose, make sure that the tooth is preserved and protected until your appointment.
Abscessed Teeth and Oral Infections
Oral infections, such as an abscessed tooth, for example, are extremely dangerous. They must never be ignored or made to wait to be treated. As with any other infection in the body, they can turn into a life-threatening emergency from a time-sensitive dental emergency.
An abscessed tooth can form and develop from something as minor as a small chip in a tooth along the gum line, creating an opening into the inside of the tooth. Your toothbrush isn’t able to reach this area, which is why it’s extremely important that you call us if you feel you have an abscessed tooth or another oral infection.
The best way to find them is by using a penlight or flashlight with a compact or a small mirror. Look around your mouth to check for anything that looks like a pimple or a swollen, red bump. Basically, anything that should not be there, in general.
If you even suspect for a brief moment that you have an oral infection, call us straight away. Most patients don’t recognize that they’re suffering from an oral infection until the pain starts.
What to Do About a Lost Crown or Filling
Crowns and fillings are put in place in order to restore and repair a tooth in the first place, so what do you do when one falls out? They aren’t made to last forever and will not, especially they’ve been damaged or are decades old.
Once a crown or a tooth has fallen out, you must take swift action. Dental cement, pieces of gauze, and a couple of cotton balls are what you need to use in order to protect the tooth from being open and exposed to further damage until we can get you to see an El Paso emergency dentist.
From here on, no matter which method you choose to use, you must make sure that something is used at all times to protect it. Dental cement works best, but small pieces of gauze or cotton balls will also do the trick.
If the tooth is not protected in some way, you may be facing an emergency tooth extraction instead. The emergency dentist will not be able to refill or recap the tooth if it’s past the point of repair due to additional damage.
Going Through an Emergency Tooth Extraction
The thought of going through an emergency tooth extraction is more than enough to create fear in a lot of patients. Fortunately, we’ve found that a lot of patients have less fear once they’ve found out how the process of extracting a tooth is done.
The extraction process begins with the site being numbed up by the emergency dentist. You won’t feel any pain whatsoever, just some minor pressure. To loosen the tooth up for an easier extraction, a couple of incisions will be made.
From there, a set of dental pliers will be used to remove the tooth. If, for whatever reason, the tooth can’t be removed whole, the emergency dentist will break it up into smaller pieces and remove them.
Once the tooth has been removed and you’ve had a few minutes to relax, the emergency dentist will then go over important aftercare instructions with you that you will need to follow at home. These instructions are extremely important to follow to keep the site clean, free of infection, and to ensure that the amount of time it takes to fully heal will not be prolonged.
Emergency Room Doctor vs Emergency Dentist
It’s very important that you know and understand the differences between an emergency room doctor and an emergency dentist to ensure that you go to the right one when you need help.
Emergency room doctors can’t save your teeth, but they can manage your pain, treat head trauma, and treat minor to major injuries. Emergency dentists can’t treat your head trauma, but they can manage your pain to a certain extent, save your teeth, and treat minor to major oral injuries.
You must remember that any head trauma is always more important when it comes to what needs to be treated first.