Emergency Dentistry

When you need urgent dental care - we are here!

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If your family is having a dental emergency, please call us today!

How to Handle a Dental Emergency?

Here is some helpful advice from our Austin dentists.

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Accidents happen when you least expect it, but you’re not alone. If you have a dental emergency, please stay calm and contact our Austin, TX office right away. Our dentists or available team member will review your concerns and guide you towards the next best steps.

The most common types of dental emergencies include:

  • Tooth fracture: A broken, chipped, or cracked tooth may lead to various oral health problems. Please call us right away and don’t attempt to treat your issue without our professional opinion.
  • Severe tooth or jaw pain: If you have a serious toothache or discomfort, then we’ll get you into the office right away. We find the cause and treat the issue for pain relief and better health. You can try a cold compress or over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen to reduce your discomfort while you wait.

No matter what kind of dental emergency you have, we’re here to help.

Emergency Dentistry FAQ

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  • What is a dental emergency?
    Dental emergencies include damage to the teeth or gums or pain in the mouth requiring immediate attention.

    Depending on the severity of your pain, a toothache may be considered a dental emergency. Please watch for signs of tooth infection, which may include a fever or tooth abscess(a pocket containing pus). This requires immediate treatment to prevent the spread of your infection.

    A knocked-out tooth is a very common type of dental emergency and needs immediate attention as well. The sooner we look at it, the better the chance of saving your tooth. Please gently take your broken tooth and pick it up by the crown, place it in a container of milk, and bring it with you to your appointment.

    Other dental emergencies include sports-related tooth damage, which can usually be prevented by wearing a custom-fit athletic mouthguard. Some other examples include broken or lost crowns, fillings, and dentures. These also require urgent dental care but may not necessarily need an immediate appointment. We’ll get you in ASAP and help you restore your smile.

  • What’s the best way to relieve tooth pain before an appointment?
    There are several ways to try to relieve your discomfort.

    To reduce tooth pain, you can gently swish a mixture of salt and water. It’s made with a ½ teaspoon of salt and ½ cup of warm water.

    You can also try flossing your teeth to dislodge anything that may be worsening your tooth pain.

    Try an ice pack cold compress; this can be applied to the outside of your cheek and aid in reducing any swelling. Another option is an over-the-counter pain relief medication.

  • What if I can’t afford emergency dentistry?
    Our Austin, TX dental office understands that emergencies are anything but convenient. Despite this, it’s important to get the care you need right away. An untreated dental emergency may become more painful, costly, and time-consuming if the problem worsens.

    In addition to accepting multiple payment options, Westgate Family Dental offers in-house financing plus Greensky and CareCredit to make treatments more affordable.

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