Emergency Dentistry – Fort Worth, TX
Same-Day Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can be difficult to handle because you can never anticipate them happening. That’s why it’s always a good idea to know of a local emergency dentist in Fort Worth, like Dr. Karen Neil, so you can rely on them whenever you’re in a sticky situation. If you have a toothache, just experienced dental trauma, or are dealing with any other type of oral emergency, don’t hesitate to call our dental office immediately for emergency dentistry in Fort Worth, TX.
Why Choose Karen Neil Fort Worth Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Flexible Additional Financing
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The first step you should always take if you have a dental emergency is to contact our dental office. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible so you don’t have to sit in pain for any longer than necessary. We can also provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to minimize additional oral damage as well. Below, we’ve included some helpful tips to ease any discomfort until you reach our dental office.
Toothaches are often a sign of infections that have developed deep beneath the surface of the enamel, within the inner chamber. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, or place a cold compress on your jaw for 10-minutes at a time to help minimize your pain.
If you’re able to find the broken-off portion of your tooth, rinse it off and bring it to your appointment with you. You can place a piece of orthodontic wax over the broken tooth if it’s irritating your lip or cheek.
Time is of the essence, so quickly retrieve the knocked-out tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface, and place it in a sealable container of milk or saltwater to keep it viable. Don’t forget to bring it to your appointment with you.
If you can find your lost restoration, pick it up and rinse it off. You can adhere it back to your damaged tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive, but it’s important to have it professionally repaired or replaced to prevent an infection from developing.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While there’s no way to completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, you can take a few precautionary measures to reduce your risk, including:
- Maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine.
- Schedule your bi-annual checkups and cleanings.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
- Protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.
- Stay hydrated with water.
- Wear a sportsguard if you participate in any contact sports.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your dental emergency treatment will depend on our diagnosis during your examination. Once we determine what course of action should be taken, we’ll walk you through our treatment plan, explain pricing details to you, and help you better understand your payment options. We accept dental insurance and are happy to file claims on our patients’ behalf, although we aren’t in-network with any plans. We also offer additional flexible financing through CareCredit.
We understand that there’s no substitution that can compare to your natural teeth, which is why we never suggest extracting them unless it’s absolutely necessary. Fortunately, if you do need to have a tooth removed, we offer several replacement options, like dental implants and bridges, to repair your smile quickly.
Do you wake up with a dull headache due to nightly teeth grinding or experience lockjaw? These are two common signs of TMJ dysfunction, also sometimes referred to as TMD. Dr. Neil offers TMJ diagnoses and customized therapy plans to relieve your discomfort and improve your overall quality of life. With occlusal adjustments and splints, we can address important underlying issues that have resulted in imbalanced jaw joints.