Emergency Dentistry – Bakersfield, CA
There for You When We’re Needed the Most
People of all ages experience dental emergencies that can turn their daily life upside down. By having an emergency dentist that you trust by your side, you’ll be able to confidently and effortlessly navigate these stressful situations. At Dominic Carlson, DDS, we offer same-day, after-hours, and weekend appointments for our patients who are in pain. Just call our office as soon as possible and follow our voicemail’s instructions.
Why Choose Dominic Carlson, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- We Accept Dental Insurance
- Sedation Dentistry Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The first step you should always take if you have a dental emergency on your hands is to call our office so we can schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. We’ll also provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to make sure that your smile doesn’t sustain any additional damage. As you’re making your way to our office, you can follow the steps and tips below to make you more comfortable and prepare you for your appointment with us.
Toothaches are often a sign of infections within the tooth. To ease the pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. You can also place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. This will reduce any swelling and also help ease discomfort.
If you’re able to locate the broken-off portion of your tooth, pick it up, rinse it off, and bring it to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged or sharp edge, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area to keep it from damaging the inside of your cheeks or lip.
Time is of the essence, so be sure to quickly retrieve your knocked-out tooth and handle it exclusively by the biting surface. Rinse it under a cool stream of water and store it in a sealable container of milk or salt water to keep it viable. Remember to bring your tooth to your appointment.
If you’re able to find your lost filling or crown, pick it up and rinse it off. You can temporarily place it back on your tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Just be mindful that this isn’t a permanent solution, and you’ll need to have your restoration professionally repaired or replaced.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While you can’t prevent a dental emergency from happening every time, there are a few ways that you can drastically reduce your risk of ending up at your emergency dentist’s office:
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day at home with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Visit Dr. Carlson every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
- Protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
In order to determine how much your emergency dental treatment will cost, we’ll need to first conduct an examination. During your visit, Dr. Carlson will hear what’s bothering you and take X-rays to see if there’s anything developing beneath the gum line if necessary. We’ll then diagnose the problem and put together a treatment plan to provide you with a permanent solution. Our team accepts dental insurance and is happy to file claims on your behalf, so don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about your coverage.
Root Canal Therapy
Many patients feel nervous whenever they hear that they need a root canal because the treatment is notoriously said to be “painful.” However, that’s not the case at all! Many patients associate the discomfort of severe toothaches that are a symptom of infection with the treatment itself, but root canal therapy actually cures the pain! Before we begin, we’ll also administer a local anesthetic to make sure that you’re completely numb. After treatment, many patients go on to continue enjoying their treated tooth for the rest of their lives.
We understand that there’s no substitution that can compare to your home-grown pearly whites, which is why we only suggest tooth extractions when they’re absolutely necessary. In situations where a tooth has sustained severe damage or there’s risk of an infection spreading to surrounding teeth, we may suggest this procedure. Fortunately, we also offer several customized tooth replacement options to help complete your smile again, like dental implants.