With only one set of permanent teeth to last your entire lifetime, you want to keep your smile safe, but life happens. Whether your kid is skateboarding and has an accident, or you feel a severe toothache, you can turn to our trusted, caring team to make it right again. When you need it most, we’re here to help you get back to full oral health. So, if you are in the middle of a dental emergency, don’t wait! Contact our practice immediately so that your smile can stay happy and healthy!
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
- Harder and his team will do everything he can to get you seen the same day that you call, especially if you are experiencing severe oral discomfort. Along with accommodating same-day visits, we’ll also try to bring you in during the weekend and evening hours if possible, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. At the very least, we can give you first-aid tips over the phone to improve your situation.
- After you arrive, we’ll bring you to one of our operatories to perform an emergency exam. This may include digital X-rays if the issue cannot be easily located. Any immediate discomfort you’re experiencing will be addressed directly as well.
- Once the exam is complete, Dr. Harder can recommend treatments that address your dental emergency to the fullest extent. He’ll go over the length of your care and the estimated costs associated with it, so you know exactly what to expect before committing to any procedure.
- Treatments performed to handle dental emergencies usually include dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, and tooth extractions as a last resort.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
In some situations, figuring out what to do is easy—if you have a broken bone, you need to see a doctor right away. But with dental emergencies, it can be challenging to know what course of action to take. Overall, it’s almost always a good idea to call our office. Below are some general tips for dealing with the most common issues.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can be just as unique as you are and require personalized treatment that is catered to your specific needs. Before we begin to fix your problem, we will go over the costs associated with treatment so that you can make an informed decision. However, if you need help, don’t put off treatment—it could cause you even more pain and serious trouble down the road. The sooner you deal with the problem, the easier and less expensive the solution to fix it will be.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The harsh truth is that you won’t be able to prevent all dental emergencies; however, you can take certain measures to protect your smile from decay and damage, including the following:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Visit our Moses Lake office twice every year for checkups and cleanings.
- Wear a sports mouthguard when playing contact sports or participating in potential risky activities, such as skateboarding.
- Do not use your teeth to perform tasks that are better done by tools, such as opening bottles or packaging.
- Avoid unhealthy oral habits, including chewing on ice, pens, or your fingernails.