A serious dental problem can strike without warning. You could develop a severe toothache that disrupts your activities or even your sleep. An accident or sudden blow to the face could also damage your teeth and cause immense discomfort.
Fortunately, Dr. Luminita Markham and her team offer emergency dentistry to assist you when you need it most. If you experience a dental emergency, you should contact Maidu Dental immediately. We will get you in for a visit as quickly as possible. In most cases, we offer same-day appointments.
In the meantime, we can help you minimize your discomfort with proper at-home care. Do not live with dental pain any longer than you have to. Contact Maidu Dental for the compassionate urgent care that you need.
TYPES OF EMERGENCIES
At Maidu Dental, we treat many different urgent dental concerns. Common dental emergencies include:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Items lodged between teeth
- Gum lacerations
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
If you experience any of the problems listed above, there are certain protocols that you should follow. When you contact us for your appointment, we will advise you about the best ways to care for your tooth and ease your discomfort.
- If your tooth is knocked out, you should pick it up by the crown and gently rinse it off. Never touch the dental root. If possible, put the tooth back in its socket and keep it in place by gently biting down on a piece of gauze. If you cannot do this, store the tooth in a container of milk or saliva and take it with you to your appointment. In some cases, Dr. Markham may be able to place the tooth back in its original position.
- If you have a broken tooth, you should follow a similar process. Pick up the broken piece, storing it in milk or saliva. Bring the piece with you to your appointment. Dr. Markham can sometimes bond a broken piece back on to your tooth.
- If you have an item stuck between your teeth, you can try to remove it by flossing and rinsing out your mouth. Never stick a sharp item between your teeth, as this can seriously damage your gums.
- If you have a cut on your gums, you should replace any loose flaps of skin. You can hold the flap in place and staunch bleeding by biting down on piece of gauze. If you are bleeding profusely, or if the cut is extremely large, call 911.
- If you have a toothache, you can often minimize discomfort with an ice pack and over-the-counter medication. Even if these prove effective, you should still seek emergency treatment before the pain grows stronger.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR CAVITIES
In some cases, a toothache can occur because of a cavity. Dr. Markham can diagnose dental decay with our advanced DIAGNOdent® system. This tool will measure the level of fluorescence and luminescence in your teeth. High levels of fluorescence will reveal decay, even if the cavity is not visible to the naked eye. After diagnosing a cavity, Dr. Markham will typically treat it with a dental filling. The restoration will strengthen your tooth and seal it so that bacteria cannot get back inside. Fillings come in several different materials, including gold and silver amalgam. We also offer newer forms of dental porcelain, which will match the shade of your smile.
If your cavity spans a large part of your tooth, a filling will not be enough to restore functionality. In these cases, Dr. Markham will usually place a crown, inlay or onlay. These restorations can also be good options if you have a cracked or otherwise weakened tooth. We use innovative CAD/CAM technology to provide crowns, inlays and onlays in a single visit.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY: A COMMON TREATMENT FOR SEVERE TOOTHACHES
Many times, a severe toothache is the result of a dental infection. Your tooth is filled with a soft pulp that harbors one end of your dental nerves. If the inner pulp becomes infected, bacteria will travel down the nerves into your root canals. This can cause moderate to severe pain, gum abscesses, bad breath, and several other symptoms.
During a root canal, Dr. Markham will clean out the infected tissue, filling your tooth and root canals with a soft compound. After reshaping the outside of your tooth, she will take impressions and create a custom dental crown. Because of our CAD/CAM technology, our doctors at Maidu Dental can often perform single-visit root canal therapy and crown. The treatment will also involve minimal discomfort, thanks to our gentle techniques and our Comfort ControlTM Syringe (our computerized anesthesia delivery system)