Emergency Dentist – Bettendorf, IA
The Care You Need
Without the Wait
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. Our team will walk you through first-aid over the phone and can even schedule you for an appointment the very same day. With us, 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 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 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.