West Austin TX Emergency Dentist
Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you need emergency dental care when you least expect it. At Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, we understand that your dental accidents may occur when the office is closed. If you find yourself in a bind, we will be happy to see you for emergency care.
What Is Emergency Dentistry?
We encourage new and existing patients to call us immediately if something goes wrong. Whether you find yourself in severe pain and cannot wait for the office to open, or you experience an impact that breaks your tooth, we will do our best to see you, address the problem, reduce your discomfort, and send you home. All you have to do is call your emergency dentist, Dr. Jaeckle’s personal cell phone number – if he does not answer, leave a message, and he or a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible to set up an after hours appointment.
Is It A Dental Emergency?
If you are in excruciating pain, or part or all of your oral health is in danger, you are experiencing a dental emergency. For example, an incredibly painful tooth that leaves you incapable of sleeping, a broken tooth, or a knocked out tooth – these are all examples of a dental emergency. However, if you are bleeding profusely or your concern is life threatening, contact 911 immediately or visit your nearest emergency room.
What Do I Do Before My Emergency Appointment?
If you call us for an emergency appointment, you may need to do some quick work before visiting us. Look over the following examples, to ensure the health of your mouth:
- Severe Pain: Check to see whether you have any food or debris stuck between your teeth. Gently rinse your mouth and attempt to dislodge the debris with dental floss. If you cannot identify or fix the issue, leave it alone to prevent injury. We suggest taking an over-the-counter analgesic, such as ibuprofen, to reduce your discomfort until you see us for emergency tooth pain relief.
- A Broken Tooth: If you break your tooth, attempt to find and preserve the pieces. Place them in a plastic zipper bag for safe keeping and bring them with you to your appointment.
- A Dislodged Tooth: If your tooth has completely fallen out, carefully rinse it under water without removing any attached tissue. Carefully try to press the tooth back into the empty space in your mouth. If you cannot replace it within the socket, protect the tooth in an airtight container filled with salt water or milk. Bring this with you to your appointment, so we can save your tooth.
- Bleeding: If you are bleeding, press a clean piece of gauze or material to the area until the bleeding ceases.