Emergency Dentistry in Waco
Dental emergencies are inconvenient, stressful, and often frightening. It can be hard to keep your cool during any urgent situation, but remaining calm and calling your emergency dentist in Waco are the keys to successful treatment. At Heart of Texas Smiles, Dr. Cobb and Dr. Lassetter are equipped to handle any emergency. When you call our office with a dental emergency, we’ll get you a prompt appointment and then provide important advice for handling your situation in the meantime..
From a knocked out tooth to chipped, broken, and aching teeth, we see a range of situations in our office. How to know if you’re dealing with a dental emergency? In general, if your tooth is aching, broken, or if you’re bleeding from the mouth, you should seek urgent attention from your dentist in Waco.
What To Do After a Knocked Out Tooth
When a tooth comes completely out of the gum line, time is of the essence -- the chances of reattachment lessen with each minute that passes. Teeth are usually successfully repaired when attended to within the first two hours of loss. Call your dentist immediately. Find the tooth, rinse away any debris (careful never to touch the root of the tooth), and replace the tooth in its empty socket, the cheek, or in a bag of milk until you can reach the dentist’s office.
Other Common Dental Emergencies
A knocked out tooth is one of the most urgent dental emergencies, but a variety of situations may require immediate attention. Some of the most common situations we deal with at Heart of Texas Smiles include:
- Broken, fractured teeth
- Broken crown or filling
- Foreign object lodged between teeth
- Jaw pain
Don’t wait to seek emergency care if you or a loved one experience these or other urgent situations.
How to Stop Dental Pain, Swelling, and Bleeding
You will experience pain, swelling, and/or bleeding as a result of your dental emergency. After you’ve gotten in touch with your emergency dentist, take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed to reduce discomfort. Your dentist may write a prescription for added relief after your emergency appointment, depending on your situation.
To reduce swelling in the first 36 hours following the emergency, hold an ice pack on the affected cheek in 15-minute intervals -- 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off. Stop or slow bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean gauze. Seek emergency medical attention if the bleeding does not subside after 10 minutes.
A Note on Children’s Toothaches
A child may complain of a toothache as a result of having a large food particle lodged between their teeth. Help your child brush, floss, and rinse to determine if there is something stuck between teeth. If pain persists, contact the emergency dentist immediately.
Waco Dentist Accepting Dental Emergencies
Dr. Cobb and Dr. Lassetter know you deserve quick attention in a dental emergency. Call Heart of Texas Smiles and tell us about your situation! We’ll get you a quick appointment and provide important advice in the meantime. Our office is located in Waco and we warmly welcome patients from West, Woodway, and surrounding areas.