Emergency Dentist – Bettendorf, IA
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Emergencies of any type are always inconvenient, but when one concerns you or a loved one’s teeth, they can actually be very scary. Fortunately, when it comes to terrible toothaches and dental injuries, the people of Bettendorf only have to do one thing to get fast and reliable dental care: call Pleasant Valley Dentistry to schedule an appointment with the emergency dentist in Bettendorf. Our team will walk you through first-aid over the phone and can even schedule you for an appointment the very same day. We’ll never leave someone waiting in pain!
Why Choose Pleasant Valley Dentistry for Emergency Dental Treatment?
- Give Us a Call & We’ll See You Right Away!
- Happy to Help Patients of All Ages
- Flexible Payment Options Make Urgent Care Affordable
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
One of the best tips we can give for any dental emergency is to stay calm. Take a moment, take a breath, and this will enable you to take the necessary actions to improve your situation. Ideally, you should call our dental office right away so we can schedule an appointment ASAP, but if you’re unable to come see us immediately for any reason, the following tips will help you improve your situation no matter your particular problem:
Toothaches can range from annoying to excruciating, but all can be reduced by taking an OTC pain reliever and placing a cold compress on the cheek. It’s also wise to rinse and floss around the tooth as well, as this kind of issue can often be attributed to a piece of food being stuck between the teeth.
Gently apply a cold compress to the face to stop any pain and control swelling. Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can and put them in a safe container. The remaining tooth may have a rough edge that could injure the inside of the mouth, so it should be covered with either dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent this.
You need to come see us as soon as possible in this situation, as a knocked out tooth can only be put back into place about an hour or so after the initial incident. Find the tooth, rinse off any debris, and make sure it stays wet until you reach our dental office. To do this, place it back into the socket, hold it between the cheek and gums, or put it in a container filled with milk or saltwater.
After gently rinsing the restoration, try to fit it back onto your tooth. If it won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste should help stabilize it. While this kind of problem might not seem like a big deal, it’s still best to have a broken/loose restoration repaired as soon as possible to prevent the exposed tooth from developing any decay or sensitivity.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Preventing dental emergencies is relatively simple if you just practice a few helpful habits:
- Everyone should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, whether the game involves contact or not!
- Save your teeth and don’t chew on particularly hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Be very careful when eating foods that are extremely tough, chewy, or sticky.
- Your teeth are only meant to chew food, so don’t use them to open packages or bottles.
- Keep up with your oral hygiene and dental visits so minor issues don’t have a chance to turn into major headaches.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because every emergency situation is unique, the cost of treating an urgent dental problem is always different as well. Our team’s recommendations will be based on what will get a patient out of pain the fastest as well as repair any damage to their smile. This might involve just giving them a prescription or performing a root canal. Whatever the case may be, we know this kind of care is always an unexpected expense, which is why we’re happy to accept dental insurance and offer low-to-no interest financing to make it affordable for absolutely everyone.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Are you worried about what you’re going to do if you experience a dental emergency? No matter what your situation is, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’ll schedule your appointment for as soon as possible and make sure that you receive the treatment you need to ease your pain. For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.
Should I visit my emergency dentist or the local ER?
Certain emergencies may require urgent medical care before we’re able to address any dental issues. If you’re experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency, be sure to visit your local urgent care or ER beforehand. Once you’ve received the necessary medical attention, be sure to contact our office so we can address any dental issues. If you notice any of the following symptoms, be sure to visit your ER right away:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
- Uncontrollable bleeding.
- A jaw fracture.
- A broken jaw.
- Deep facial lacerations.
- A severe infection outside of your emergency dentist’s hours.
How can I bring down swelling?
Swelling can occur for a variety of reasons, including infection and dental damage. If you’re in pain and your face is beginning to puff up, try placing a cold compress on the area. This will also keep your nerves reaching your brain to signal pain, easing any discomfort. Be sure to cover the cold compress instead of placing it directly on your skin. Make sure to use it for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
What can I do to remove an object caught between my teeth?
Objects such as popcorn kernels that are stuck between your teeth can be painful. Sometimes, they can get wedged in hard-to-reach places. The best way to dislodge them is to gently maneuver dental floss between and around the affected area. A flossing pick or water flosser should also help. Be sure to not use a sharp object, because it could damage your oral tissues. If you aren’t able to remove it and your pain persists, make your way to our office immediately. We have special instruments that can easily and safely dislodge the object.
Are there any at-home remedies for tooth pain until I reach my emergency dentist?
If you’re in severe pain due to a toothache, it’s vital to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment, because this is a common sign of a tooth infection. Without timely treatment, the infection can spread to other teeth. As you’re making your way to our office or waiting for your appointment time, you can use some of the following home remedies to help ease your discomfort:
- Place a small amount of clove oil on a cotton swab and dab the affected area.
- Swish with a room temperature salt water rinse.
- Place a cooled peppermint tea bag on the area.
- Ice the area with a cold compress.
- Crush a garlic clove into a paste and apply it to the affected area.
If you contact our office, we can offer you over-the-phone first-aid guidance to help prevent any further damage from occurring.