Emergency Dentistry in Las Vegas
What counts as a Dental Emergency?
It’s never a wise choice to ignore pain in your mouth. The discomfort will either continue or return at a later stage. Addressing the problem promptly allows you to treat a problem before it becomes a bigger issue. Our team treats common dental emergencies including:
- Severe toothaches
- Cracked, broken or chipped teeth
- Trauma to the teeth or jaw
- Knocked out teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold
The pain may feel unbearable, but staying calm and trusting a professional with the care of your teeth is best. At Smiles for Life, dental emergencies are our bread and butter, and we’re confident that your teeth can be saved if treated in time. Just call or come on over! And remember, it’s important to see a dentist within 12 hours of the incident. Waste no time!
Relieve your pain
You’re in pain, but you don’t have to stay that way. Aspirin and Ibuprofen will help reduce swelling and using ice externally will relieve pain until you’re able to see a dentist. Just avoid using anything that will numb your mouth, especially at the point of injury. Numbing could lead to further damage and injury as you may not be as careful due to the desensitization.
Certain injuries will require different treatment from your doctor. But you can also take different precautions to increase the chances of saving your tooth
- Loose Teeth: Any loose tooth is a greater emergency than you may think. Loose teeth invite infection and harsh toothaches. They may be an indication of a greater problem, like periodontal disease. And left untreated, they may eventually fall out. Avoid touching or wiggling the loose tooth with your tongue. If you’re afraid the tooth may fall out, lightly hold it in place with a sterile bandage.
- Dental Avulsion: Knocked out teeth can be troubling, but as long as the tooth is preserved it can be treated. Rinse the tooth with water and try to return it to the socket. If you can’t, keep it in a small container or bag with your own saliva or milk. Whatever you do, don’t let it dry out.
- Cracked & Broken Teeth: Any damaged tooth is incredibly painful if the nerve pulp is left exposed. It’s best to avoid eating and drinking as hot or cold substances will likely cause sensitivity. If there is bleeding around the tooth, a sterile gauze can be applied, but otherwise minimal external contact is encouraged.
Trust the experts
It’s important to see an emergency dentist within 12 hours of your injury. Smiles for Life would love to help you get out of pain. If you’ve suffered a dental injury or are dealing with a dental emergency, call us now at (702) 795-2273!
Dr. Quinn and Dr. Mitchell have treated many unique dental emergencies and know how best to accommodate each situation. We will address your pain and treat your injury so you can get back to your life!