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.

Woman in need of emergency dentistry holding cheek in pain

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

Closeup of patient in need of emergency dentistry holding jaw

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

Woman with toothache holding cheek

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.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Closeup of smile with chipped front tooth

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.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Woman with knocked out tooth covering her mouth

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.

Lost Filling/Crown

Animated smile with lost filling being repaired

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

Father and child brushing teeth 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

Patient and dental team member discussing the cost of 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.

Dental Emergency FAQs

patient talking to emergency dentist in Fort Worth

Dental emergencies are frightening and can happen when you least expect them to. If you’ve never experienced one before, the entire situation can be quite unsettling. Fortunately, being well-informed and prepared to handle these incidents can help you navigate them with ease. That’s why our team has decided to answer the most common questions we receive from patients about dental emergencies. If you don’t see your specific question below, feel free to contact our office and schedule an appointment today!

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

In most cases, a toothache will not go away on its own and require dental treatment. If you experience any type of tooth pain, even if it’s mild, you should schedule a visit with your emergency dentist in Fort Worth for an oral examination. They’ll check the tooth in question and identify the cause. Since there are many reasons why it could be happening, it’s important to rule out any concerning issues before they turn into complications. In some instances, the pain around the tooth might resolve on its own if it’s the result of irritation in the surrounding gum tissue.

What Does Throbbing Tooth Pain Mean?

Do you have a throbbing toothache? It could indicate an infection or inflammation within the tooth. When you have a cavity, it can allow air and bacteria to reach the sensitive inner area, causing irritation and potential infection of the pulp nerves. Sometimes, throbbing teeth can be due to decay or even chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) and clenching.

Do I Need to Visit for Minor Chips to Teeth?

A chipped, fractured, or broken tooth will not heal on its own. If you neglect to seek treatment for it, the damage will only worsen. You must schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist in Fort Worth if your tooth is sharp or jagged as it can lead to you cutting your gums or oral tissues by accident. At your visit, your dentist will assess the severity of the break to determine the appropriate solution for your unique case.

What Does Chronic Bad Breath Mean?

Everyone has experienced bad breath at some point in their lives. Most people notice it in the morning or after eating a meal that’s known for causing a foul odor in the mouth. However, some may have chronic bad breath (halitosis), which is quite different. It usually can’t be managed with mints or even good oral hygiene. Some potential causes include smoking, using tobacco products, or underlying issues (i.e., cavities, gum disease, oral infections). If your bad breath doesn’t improve within a few days, you should contact your dentist to rule out any underlying health problems or conditions.

Tooth Extractions

Metal clasp holding an extracted tooth

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.

TMJ Therapy

Woman with jaw pain in need of T M J therapy

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.