Dental emergencies is something I really enjoy. In fact, when I first got into Dentistry I didn't have a practice. I started from scratch, there wasn't an office to buy. When I got out of my residency I put my cell phone number in the yellow pages, and I ran 24 hours. I came in at night time, on weekends. I did that for a couple of years. As I did that I really saw a lot of dental emergencies. Even to this day, it's something I really enjoy. You can take that person that's suffering, and in pain, and turn their life around. Ease their suffering.
It's really a remarkable thing. One of the true beauties that I have as a Dentist, as a Doctorate, that I can change someone's life instantly by just easing their pain. It's something I really enjoy. Nowadays, we still offer after hour emergency care, but I don't see very many patients after hours anymore. We do see them during the day. We always make time in our schedule for our emergency patients. It's quite common for us to see someone to start a root canal, take care of an infection, extract a tooth during our work day.
Often, problems with our teeth are a surprise. We brush and floss every day (well, almost every day), and we generally don’t feel much tooth or gum pain, so a cavity or severe decay can be an unwelcome surprise.
But in other cases, we know we need to see a dentist soon. Sometimes tooth decay reaches a point where the pain is intense, and we need relief. In other cases, the tooth fractures, which also requires immediate attention. Infected gums, a damaged filling, and tooth abscesses are other reasons for emergency dental appointments. If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Salt Lake City, UT, trust Rod Gleave, DMD to provide the care and pain relief you need.
What is a dental emergency?
Technically speaking, a dental emergency is any situation that puts your teeth or dental structure in immediate danger. Some common dental emergencies that we see at our Salt Lake City, UT emergency dentist office include the following:
- Cracked Teeth
- Broken Teeth
- Dislodged Teeth
What should I do in a dental emergency?
The first thing you need to do is call our office at 801-747-8531 to find out what your next steps should be. We will walk you through any first aid you can do to preserve the health of your damaged tooth. As a Salt Lake City, UT emergency dentist, we have appointment times set aside every day to be used in urgent cases. It is important that you get here as soon as you can to get your situation taken care of.
When should a toothache lead me to get an emergency dental appointment?
- If the toothache isn’t just lasting a few hours but multiple days.
- If the toothache is so painful that you can’t accomplish normal tasks.
- If you have a fever, earache, or pain when opening your jaw wide.
If you experience any of the above situations, call us and we should be able to get you in soon. Until you get into the office, we may have you take some over-the-counter pain medication to help make you more comfortable until you come in.
What does Dr. Gleave do to help a severe toothache?
Salt Lake City, UT dentist Dr. Gleave is an experienced emergency dentist who quickly and expertly makes a diagnosis, finding the problem and recommending a solution. In some cases, a toothache is caused by a cavity, which is very normal. In that case, Dr. Gleave will remove the cavity and place a filling. If the decay is severe, you may require a tooth extraction or a root canal. Dr. Gleave in Salt Lake City, UT will give you a detailed description of what is causing the pain and recommend the right course of action. He’ll also discuss some way to relieve tooth pain, if by chance it arises again. He may prescribe antibiotics if there is fever or swelling, which happens in more severe cases.
What can I do to save my tooth if it is knocked out?
The first thing you need to do is find the tooth. Once you find it, clean it off with warm water. Make sure you hold it only by the white part (crown) and not the roots. Submerge it in a glass of milk (the calcium helps keep the tooth alive), and then get to our dental office as soon as you can.
What if I need help after hours?
We know that dental emergencies happen all the time, and they do not abide by anyone’s schedule. If you have dental emergencies that falls outside normal business hours, we have an after-hours number to call. This will help you get the care you need before visiting our office.
If you have an dental emergencies, call your top Salt Lake City, UT dentist immediately at 801-747-8531. If you don’t have an emergency and would like to schedule an appointment, you can call or use our convenient online form.