Your Emergency Dentist in Albuquerque
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Most dental complications can be prevented with good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your Albuquerque dentist. Dental emergencies, however, will happen at random.
For nearly 40 years, Family Dental Center has provided emergency dental care to Albuquerque, NM. At Family Dental Center, we know that dental emergencies can be scary, and often occur at the worst times. If you have a broken tooth, toothache, or chipped or cracked tooth, finding relief is the first thought in your mind. Your second thought should be to give us a call. Our first priority in any dental emergency is to relieve your pain. We don’t want you to be hurting any longer than necessary.
If your dental emergency occurs during our normal office hours, we will see you the same day. If your emergency occurs after our normal operating hours, call the main office line and we will do our best to accommodate your dental emergency as soon as possible.
What to do if you have a Broken Tooth
If you break a tooth, you want to see your Albuquerque dentist as soon as possible to mitigate the risk of infection. Your dentist will be able to determine if the broken tooth was caused by a cavity or an unhealthy nerve. If your broken tooth’s nerve is damaged or unhealthy, a root canal treatment may be needed. Until you receive emergency dental care, you should:
• Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to stave off infection
• Save the pieces of the broken tooth if possible
• If you’re bleeding, apply pressure to the bleeding area for about ten minutes or until the bleeding stops
• To reduce swelling and pain, place an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a washcloth over the cheek or lips near the broken tooth
• To reduce pain until you can see the dentist, take a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory over the counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Emergency Dental Care for a Cracked/Fractured Tooth
Sometimes a cracked tooth will not cause you pain, but you still need to see your dentist as soon as possible to assess the damage. If your cracked tooth is hurting you consistently, the nerve and/or blood vessels inside of your tooth may be damaged. Additionally, cracks in an untreated tooth may spread, exposing your tooth to a greater risk of infection and rapid decay. Cracked teeth can sometimes be repaired with filling material, but often require a crown to prevent the cracks from getting worse. Additionally, if the live tissue within the tooth is damaged a root canal treatment may be necessary.
Suffering from a Toothache? Here’s what you Need to Know
A toothache is often used as a generic term for many different causes of tooth pain. A toothache can be caused by:
• An abscessed tooth
• Tooth fracture
• A loose or damaged filling
• Infected gums
• Impacted wisdom teeth
• Grinding teeth (bruxism)
Because the causes may vary, a toothache’s symptoms may also vary from throbbing pain that is sharp and constant, to swelling around the tooth, to a fever and headache. To reduce the pain until you receive emergency dental care, you can press an ice pack on the outside of your cheek near the source of the pain. The cold will cause your blood vessels to contract and will minimize swelling and alleviate some pain. Do not use heat. Until you see your Albuquerque emergency dentist, avoid very hot, cold, or sweet food and drinks.
Need an Appointment with your Albuquerque Emergency Dentist?
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us right away so we can alleviate your pain as soon as possible and get you the emergency dental care you need.