At John V. Unger, DDS, we understand that dental emergencies can be scary, rob you of sleep, and force you to change your plans. In our dental office, we work to treat your emergency fast, so you can get back to the business of living your best life.
Dr. John Unger sets aside time in his schedule to treat dental emergencies, and our team works hard to get you in front of our dentist as soon as possible.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Your Cincinnati emergency dentist defines a dental emergency as any dental issue that causes you pain or threatens your oral health.
Common dental emergencies include:
- Jaw pain or swelling
- Broken tooth or restoration
- Lost tooth or restoration
- Soft tissue injury
The above list represents the most common dental emergencies, but there are other possible scenarios. If ever you’re unsure, we want you to reach out to our dental team for guidance.
In many situations, when there is tooth pain and swelling, you’re dealing with a root infection, which requires prompt treatment through root canal therapy.
Root Canal Therapy in Cincinnati
The pain associated with an untreated root infection can escalate quickly, going from moderate sensitivity to excruciating pain. It is through root canal therapy that we rid your tooth of infection and eliminate the pain.
If Dr. Unger diagnosis a root infection, the first step is numbing the area to take care of your pain and set the stage for treatment. When the site is thoroughly anesthetized, Dr. Unger removes the infected tissue from your tooth through a tiny hole. We then pack the area with a healing agent and place a temporary filling. At a follow-up appointment, we close with a tooth-colored filling or a tooth crown. We use a crown if the infection has weakened your tooth because it restores stability and supports your bite force to prevent breakage.
Your Emergency Dental Appointment
Emergency appointments vary based on the nature of your emergency. However, our priority is to treat pain, and then we set to work restoring you to better oral health.
This can include repairing a broken tooth or working to reset a tooth that has been knocked out.
If your tooth has been knocked out, we do recommend keeping it moist until your emergency appointment—placing it in water, milk, or saliva. Keeping your tooth wet and timely intervention means your emergency dentist may be able to reset it into the gum.
No matter what your dental emergency entails, you can count on friendly dental professionals working on your behalf.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
The best way to prevent most dental emergencies is to regularly visit your dentist for exams and teeth cleanings. You should also protect your mouth with a sports guard when competing and wear a nightguard if you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism).
And remember to brush and floss at least twice per day.
Experiencing a Dental Emergency? We Are Here for You
If you have a toothache or suspect a dental emergency, don’t hesitate. Reach out to a compassionate team member today.
We treat dental emergencies for patients of all ages and in all locations, including Cincinnati, Bridgetown, Cleves, Covedale, and Western Hills.