Emergency Dental Services in Prescott Valley, AZ
There are dental issues that can’t wait for an appointment. This can include broken or knocked-out teeth or severe pain caused by trauma or an infection that requires emergency attention and dental care. If you’re in the Prescott Valley, AZ area or looking for an emergency dentist in Prescott Valley, call PV Dentistry right away.
We can help you with your dental emergency circumstances whether you are a new or returning patient. We also take after-hours calls for our existing patients. We work to ensure your dental emergency gets the attention it needs and quickly and take preventative measures to help ensure you will not have further problems.
For new patients, we are available during normal business hours. Call our office to make an appointment today, and we’ll get your dental problem addressed as quickly as possible.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can be anything that causes you discomfort, difficulty chewing or talking, or having a more intense pain. Dental emergencies are always unexpected, and they can inconveniently disrupt your schedule for the day. It can be very difficult to continue with your work or plans when you’re in pain. That is why we accept new and returning patients for emergency appointments on a very quick turnaround.
Prescott Valley residents seek emergency dental services for many reasons, including:
- Intense mouth or facial pain that can make it hard to bite or chew
- Mouth and dental infections that cause pain or swelling in the tongue, gums, and face
- TMJ (or lockjaw) condition that makes it painfully difficult to open and close your mouth
- Dental trauma, common when teeth are broken or knocked out
- Missing fillings or dental crowns, which expose the nerves in the teeth
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Many people try to relieve the pain caused by these conditions with over the counter medications, but this will only provide temporary relief and does not solve the underlying cause of the issue. The only way to end the pain and discomfort is to visit a dentist and we at PV Dentistry will assist you with quality emergency dental care.
It is important to contact our office right away to discuss your problem. We try to get returning patients in for appointments as soon as we can. During regular business hours, we can also accept new patients with dental emergencies. In the meantime, there are steps you can do to help lessen the pain and discomfort until we are able to see you for your emergency appointment at our Prescott Valley office. You mat try any of the following:
- Before visiting the emergency dentist, rinse your mouth with warm water. This will wash away germs and cleanse the area.
- If your tooth is broken or completely removed, place the tooth or fragment in a whole cup of milk or store it between your cheek and tongue to keep it moist. If your entire tooth has been knocked out, try to reinsert it first. If successful, bite down on a gauze pad to keep it in place.
- Make sure you can tell the dentist exactly what caused the dental emergency, such as getting hit in the face with a ball or falling down the stairs. The more details you can provide, the better. This will help the dentist determine the best treatment.
- Do not take aspirin before your visit. Instead, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- During your initial visit, the dentist will perform an assessment of your teeth and mouth, checking for signs of infection and other disease. The dentist will then prepare you for the appropriate procedure.
- The time it takes to perform emergency dental care depends on the cause of the problem. For example, infection in the gums or teeth can generally be treated quickly, usually with a scraping or other cleaning procedure and a prescription for antibiotics to be taken at home.
- Other emergency dental procedures may take longer. For example, a broken tooth can take about two hours to set and repair, while a missing filling or crown can take an hour or so to replace. For knocked-out teeth, the dentist will either try to repair the tooth or begin the process of creating a bridge or implant.
- Most nerve-related dental emergencies, including TMJ or exposed nerves, are treated with a numbing agent placed right on the affected area. However, the dentist may schedule a follow-up to treat the source of the pain and prevent future dental emergencies.
Following each visit with our dentist, Dr Harold Henderson, at our Prescott Valley dental office, you will receive home care instructions that show you how to care for your teeth and prevent future emergencies. Remember that regular dental visits, combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene, help protect your teeth from infection, disease and other issues that can cause you to seek emergency dental services.
Enjoy a comfortable atmosphere at PV Dentistry. We have been providing the Prescott Valley, AZ area with high quality family, cosmetic, periodontal, pediatrician, and restoration services. We are here to assist you with all of your dental needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Contact us at (928) 772-8175.