Dental emergencies are frightening situations that can befall anyone at any time. If you or a loved one ever suffers a broken tooth, knocked-out tooth, or a severe toothache, you can always reach out to Advanced Dental Care of Allen to get the fast and professional attention you need. We’re happy to move around our schedule to see emergency patients as quickly as possible so that no one is ever left waiting in pain.
Dental emergencies usually fall into one of two categories. They may be the result of a longstanding dental health issue that suddenly manifests itself in great pain, or they may be the result of trauma. Your emergency dentist in Allen is equipped to handle both types of situations. But before you get to us for your appointment, you can use the following guidelines to manage the problem:
Taking over the counter painkillers, as well as avoiding chewing with the damaged tooth, can keep any pain under control. During your emergency appointment, Dr. Kar may decide that root canal therapy is the best way to save the tooth and permanently relieve your pain.
Placing a piece of sugar-free gum over the tooth can protect the soft tissues in your mouth from any jagged edges. You should also gather the pieces that broke off the tooth if possible and bring them to your appointment. Dr. Kar might be able to repair the tooth, but extraction is also a possibility.
Touching the tooth only by its crown (the top portion), rinse off any debris. Then, try to replace the tooth in its socket. If that is not possible, store it in a glass of milk or water. If you arrive at our office within an hour of two of when the tooth got knocked out, we might be able to splint it back into place.
You might be able to temporarily reattach the lost restoration with a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Avoid chewing with the vulnerable tooth. We might be able to reattach the restoration, but it is likely that we will have to replace it altogether.
You can reduce your risk of suffering a dental emergency if you:
Numerous factors go into determining the cost of treating dental emergencies, including the nature of the problem. For example, if you just need a prescription, your cost will be less than if you need a major treatment, such as a root canal therapy. When you arrive in our office for your emergency appointment, we will assess the situation and give you a candid estimate for the price of your treatment. Our team will also help you explore your payment options.
If you have a toothache that just won’t go away or is seemingly getting worse, the problem could be that the sensitive nerve of the tooth, called the dental pulp, has become infected or damaged. The only way to relieve this pain and save the tooth is with a root canal. Despite its dubious reputation, a root canal is actually NOT an uncomfortable procedure. With this treatment, Dr. Kar is able to rescue even the most compromised teeth so they’re able to look and function like normal for many years to come.
While Dr. Kar’s number one priority is to help his patients maintain their natural smiles for as long as possible, it sometimes becomes absolutely necessary to remove a problem tooth. He may recommend an extraction if:
The wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars that usually try to emerge around the late teens and early twenties. Most people simply don’t have enough room for these teeth in their mouth, so as they erupt, they often cause pain, force the other teeth to crowd, and can even develop an infection. Dr. Kar can perform safe and comfortable wisdom tooth extractions right here at Advanced Dental Care of Allen, ensuring you or your child’s smile stays healthy and pain-free.
Dr. Kar and our team are ready to leap into action as your emergency dentist. Before you make us your go-to resource for help during oral health crises, however, you might want to know more about emergency dentistry and how we approach it. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, we invite you to contact us directly.
If you have broken facial bones or are bleeding uncontrollably, or if you have injuries to parts of your body other than your mouth, it is usually best to visit a local ER instead of a dentist in Allen. For most dental emergencies, however, you should keep in mind that the medical personnel at a hospital have neither the training nor the equipment to properly handle the situation. If you are ever in doubt as to where you should go for treatment, give us a call and explain the situation. We’ll advise you on what your next steps should be.
It’s important that you receive treatment as soon as possible. You can perform a quick Google search for “emergency dentists near me” and get in touch with one who has received positive reviews. They can perform your initial treatment, and when you get home, you can make an appointment with Dr. Kar for follow-up care. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., Europe, or Canada, finding a reliable dentist might be a little trickier. Your travel insurance may have a list of approved dentists in the area.
Our team knows how scary a dental emergency can be, and that is why you can expect us to handle your case with compassion and gentleness — but that isn’t all we do. In addition to using local anesthesia, Dr. Kar offers multiple levels of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. If you are nervous about your treatment, let our team know. Then, we’ll recommend a sedation solution that fits your circumstances.
In most cases, we can end the pain from your dental emergency almost immediately. However, some dental treatments may cause your mouth to feel sore for a few days. We may recommend that you take it easy for a while so your body has an opportunity to recover.