Emergency Dentistry – Tulsa, OK

For Your Urgent Dental Needs

In the United States, about 2.1 million people make an emergency dental appointment every year. You probably aren’t expecting to need urgent dental care in the near future, but the reality is that dental injuries and tooth infections can happen to anyone. As such, it’s important to keep the contact information for Southern Woods Dental Care on your phone so that when a dental emergency does strike, you’ll have quick access to the help you need. You can also make same-day emergency appointments here.

Why Choose Southern Woods Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
  • Team That Treats All Patients Like Family
  • Variety of Emergency Services in One Location

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

You may be caught off guard at the beginning of a dental emergency, but knowing how to handle the situation can help you remain calm. Contact us via the phone or through our website to set up an appointment, then take whatever first aid steps are necessary for your smile to stay safe and comfortable in the meantime. There are several ways to effectively respond to an emergency dental situation; the tips below cover some of the most common emergencies you might face.

Toothaches 

Some toothaches can be resolved quickly through brushing and flossing, but if the pain lasts more than a couple of days or becomes unbearable, it should be treated as an emergency. Take pain medication if needed and use a cold compress to reduce swelling around the affected tooth or teeth.

Chipped/ Broken Teeth

Keep the tooth clean; a crack could make the inner pulp vulnerable to infection. Some bleeding might occur, so apply gauze to any open wounds until blood stops coming out. The edge of the tooth might be jagged, so put some dental wax on it to prevent it from injuring the inside of your mouth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We can reinsert a knocked-out tooth so that it has the chance to join with the jawbone again. We only have a limited amount of time to attempt this procedure, though, so make arrangements to get to our office in less than an hour. Keep the tooth safe by placing it in a small container of saliva or Hank’s solution.

Lost Filling/ Crown

Locate the restoration immediately, rinse it off, and see if it can still be placed on the tooth. Sugarless gum, a dab of toothpaste, or over the counter dental cement can be used as temporary adhesives. The exposed tooth will probably be sensitive or weakened, so be gentle with it.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day. Brush for two minutes at a time. Get a new toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Floss on a daily basis to effectively clean between the teeth.
  • Do not bite or crunch peppermints, ice, or any other hard foods or items.
  • Break habits that are bad for your teeth, like chewing on fingernails.
  • Get a personalized mouthguard from our office in order to keep your teeth safe during sports.

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

You should focus on having your pain stopped and the damage to your mouth repaired when you first call to schedule an emergency appointment. We can figure out the costs involved after we’ve determined which treatments you need. Different dental emergencies call for different dental solutions, so the price won’t be set in stone. We will go over the potential costs with you as well as your options for insurance and financing.

Root Canal Therapy

The central pulp of the tooth contains the nerves and other soft tissues. An infection of these tissues can cause severe pain, and after a certain point the only way to treat it without extracting the tooth is to remove the entire pulp. Many people think root canal therapy is extremely painful, but there is actually very little discomfort involved; if anything, you’ll feel better after the source of your toothache is gone, and you’ll still have all your natural teeth afterwards.

Tooth Extractions

Extensive tooth decay, severe injuries, and advanced gum disease are all conditions that can lead to tooth extraction. Keeping a natural tooth is always preferable to replacing it, but there are times when that isn’t possible. We’ll make the extraction process as comfortable as possible, and we’ll make sure that you’re fully aware of the replacement options so that you can start making the necessary arrangements right away.