Emergency Dentistry – Geneva, OH
Urgent Dental Care is Just a Call Away
Do you have a dental emergency plan in place? If not, we’re ready to give you an easy one: just call Cooper Owens DDS. Severe toothaches, cracked teeth, and even knocked out teeth can happen when you least expect them. With us, the fast, professional help you need is just a phone call away. When you reach out to us, we’ll work you into our schedule so we’re able to see you without delay and get to work fixing your problem. One of the unique aspects of our dental office is we answer our phones 24/7 and are always available for our patients to provide top-notch emergency dentistry in Geneva, OH.
Why Choose Cooper Owens DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Soothing Sedation Stops Pain Before it Starts
- Highly-Experienced Dental & Team
Common Dental Emergencies
Having an emergency dentist on speed-dial is great, but what should you do in the meantime before you’re able to reach our dental office? On the phone, our team will give you plenty of first-aid tips to help you take control of the situation and minimize any pain. Below, you’ll find a few more tips on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:
Toothaches can stem from something as serious as an infection or crack in the enamel or as innocuous as a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth, take an OTC medication like tylenol or advil if the pain continues. Use a cold compress to manage any swelling. Do not lay down, as blood can rush into your head and cause more pain.
Chipped / Broken Teeth
A clean towel or rag should be used to stop any bleeding, and a cold compress can help reduce swelling. Please contact our dental office immediately to schedule an appointment. Cover the remaining tooth with a piece of sugarless gum to prevent it from accidentally injuring the inside of the mouth.
Pick up the tooth by the crown only (the top part), give it a gentle rinse with water, and place it in a glass of milk. This will keep the tooth alive until we can see you and put it back into place. To give us the best chance of saving the tooth, be sure to come see us as quickly as possible in this situation, preferably within an hour or so of the accident!
Lost Filling / Crown
While this type of issue might not seem like a big deal, it’s still important to have a broken restoration repaired as quickly as possible to prevent the tooth from developing any decay or sensitivity. Pick up the restoration, rinse it off, and keep it in a safe container until you can make it to our dental office.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Thankfully, preventing most dental emergencies is relatively simple. Just make sure you and your family remember to:
- Always wear a protective mouthguard whenever you play sports
- Avoid chewing on hard, non-food items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Be careful when eating particularly hard or sticky foods
- Always grab the scissors instead of using the teeth to open a package
- Maintain daily brushing and flossing—this will keep the teeth strong and resistant to breakage and infections
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
It is impossible for us to determine what it will cost to treat a specific dental emergency until we see a patient in person. However, seeking out treatment quickly is always the best approach, as this allows us to address a problem before it becomes more complicated and requires extensive care. And, we’re happy to work with several different dental insurance plans to make this type of care easily affordable and accessible for Geneva families.
Dental Emergency FAQs
If you ever find yourself with a dental emergency in Geneva, OH, know that Dr. Cooper Owens and our team are always here to help you enjoy a pain-free, healthy smile again. We’ve seen firsthand how stressful toothaches, broken teeth, and other dental emergencies can be, so we’ve gathered the answers to several frequently asked questions below. That way, you can manage the situation more effectively. But if you still need more information, you’re welcome to give us a call – after all, we’re always available to provide the urgent dental care you need!
Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?
Although you can gently rinse off a knocked-out tooth with water, you should avoid storing it in water until your appointment. Water can actually damage the cells on the surface of the tooth’s roots, reducing its chances of being able to successfully reintegrate with the connective tissues in the socket. Instead, try to carefully insert the tooth back into the socket. If you cannot, then hold it in your cheek pocket; your saliva can temporarily keep the root’s cells alive. Alternatively, you can place a knocked-out tooth in milk or a saline solution for up to one hour after the incident.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Generally, toothaches do not get better on their own. In fact, they often worsen the longer you go without seeking treatment, as teeth cannot repair themselves once they have become damaged or infected.
For this reason, it’s best to call us if you’ve been experiencing persistent tooth pain. There are many possible causes of toothaches, and Dr. Owens can determine the precise one after examining your mouth. From there, we can move forward with the appropriate course of treatment.
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
If you’re dealing with a toothache at night, it’s important to elevate your head before going to sleep. Otherwise, blood could rush to your head and actually intensify your pain. As far as soothing the pain enough to fall asleep, take over-the-counter pain medications as needed. You could also use a cold compress in ten-minute intervals. Lastly, refrain from consuming hot, cold, or acidic foods and drinks for a few hours before bed to avoid aggravating your irritated tooth.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
More often than not, no! As a highly experienced emergency dentist in Geneva, OH, Dr. Owens is well-equipped to address specific dental problems quickly and efficiently. Most emergency rooms, on the other hand, do not have a trained dental professional on staff, so they’re often unable to treat the underlying cause of your pain.
The only situations in which it’s best to visit the emergency room for dental emergencies are if:
- Your jaw is broken or dislocated.
- You’re experiencing a deep laceration or heavy bleeding that won’t case, even after applying firm pressure to the area for 15 minutes.
- You’re having trouble breathing or swallowing due to swelling caused by an infection.