Your Emergency Dentist in Ardmore, Oklahoma: Robert V. Hughes, DDS
If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency in Ardmore, OK or other nearby communities, Robert V. Hughes, DDS and his dedicated team invite you to contact our office right away. Our skilled dentist and dedicated team are happy to offer same day emergency dentistry appointments in most cases, and we help patients over the phone to ensure they are safe until arriving at our office. While emergencies can typically not be avoided or planned for, knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can make handling the situation significantly simpler. The first step patients should take is to call our team. The next step will depend largely on the type and extent of their emergency. Review the following common oral health concerns, and the first aid and pain management tips recommended to preserve oral health in these situations.
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth – if you’ve lost a tooth, carefully retrieve the tooth handling it by the biting surface only. Run the tooth under water to remove dirt or other foreign debris and gently swish warm water in the moth. Then, replace the avulsed tooth in its socket if at all possible. If not, store the tooth in water or milk, and proceed to our office.
- Damaged teeth – cracked, chipped, or broken parts of teeth should be retained and brought to your emergency appointment. Like a lost full tooth, if the piece is large enough, replace this within the vacated socket. If not, store the piece of tooth in water or milk until you arrive.
- Damaged dental restorations – Keep the crown, bridge, or other restoration and bring it along to your appointment. Do not use crazy glue or other store-bought adhesives.
- Damaged or broken dentures – in most cases, patients will be unable to wear their damaged partial or full denture. To keep the denture safe, place it in a glass or storage container of water or cleaning solution. We are typically able to repair damaged dentures in our in-office dental lab on the same day we see patients.
- Severe toothache – a toothache especially accompanied by sensitivity to changes in temperature may be indicative of root canal infection. When this happens, we encourage patients carefully floss the area around the tooth to make sure the pain is not caused by a debris stuck between teeth and gums. If cleaning around the tooth is not helpful and toothache worsens or persists, take over the counter pain relievers and avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages.
- Infection in the gum tissue – inflammation, discoloration, sores, or other signs of infection or damage to the soft tissue can be indicative of a number of oral health issues including gum disease and tooth abscess. Carefully floss the teeth near the inflamed gum tissue and rinse the mouth with warm water. If the inflammation persists, contact our team to schedule an emergency appointment right away.
For severe facial trauma, soft tissue laceration that continues bleeding after an hour or more, potentially broken jaw, and other potentially life threatening emergencies, please proceed immediately to your nearest emergency care provider. Contact our team on the way or after you arrive, and we’ll be happy to work with physicians to repair dental structures once your life is not at risk.