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Emergency Dentist – Lynchburg

Getting You Out of Pain Quickly & Comfortably

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A dental emergency has the potential to completely derail a day filled with fun plans out of nowhere. That’s why at Peery Family Dentistry, we treat dental emergencies in Lynchburg with urgency and caution. Dr. James M. Peery, Jr. is an experienced dentist with the knowledge and skill to treat a wide-range of emergencies. If you or a family member is experiencing pain or discomfort call us today to get the relief that you need!

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

When it comes to dental emergencies, there are two major categories. The first is physical injuries, which can result in fractured teeth, knocked out teeth, and more. Whether it’s a simple fall while you’re walking or a sports related injury, these dental emergencies can occur unexpectedly. The other type of dental emergency is an infection, which slowly but surely develops due to poor oral healthcare. Oral infections can lead to painful toothaches and complicate other dental issues. Here are some of the best ways to handle common dental emergencies until you can get professional help:

Toothaches

Toothaches can be painful and annoying. If you get a sudden pain in your tooth, try flossing around the area. It may just be a piece of food debris caught in between your teeth. If the pain persists, contact us right away. It could be a serious infection that requires treatment like a root canal therapy. You can take over-the-counter pain medication until you’re able to visit our office.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If you chip or crack a tooth, try to gather the pieces if you can. Then, place a piece of wax or sugarless gum over the area to protect it. You can also apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling that may occur.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you have a knocked-out tooth, there’s a possibility it can be reattached, but in a limited amount of time. Grab your tooth by the crown to avoid damaging its roots and try to place it back in your socket, gently holding it in place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, you can keep it in milk to prevent it from drying out until you can see us.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you lose a crown or filling, the previously treated area is now susceptible to pain and sensitivity. If you still have your dental crown, you can reattach it using dental cement or adhesive. Then, you should call Dr. Peery to get your tooth restored back to its full health.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

While preventing emergencies completely is unrealistic, there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of dental emergencies for you and your family. Here are some useful tips to keep your smile safe:

  • Be careful when eating very hard, sticky, or chewy foods and avoid chewing on ice cubes or non-food items.
  • Use scissors or bottle openers to open packages and bottles while avoiding the use of your teeth.
  • Wear an oral appliance if you grind your teeth or play contact sports.
  • Schedule routine checkups and cleanings with our team. We can catch oral health issues before they turn into more serious dental emergencies.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

There is no way to determine the cost of dental emergencies because so many factors influence it. Some cases can be resolved with prescription medication, while others may need more extensive treatment. It all depends on the severity of your emergency as well as your insurance plan. At Peery Family Dentistry, we accept major insurance providers like Anthem, Cigna, Guardian, Metlife, and Delta to provide you with quality and affordable dental care.

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