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Emergency Dentist – Bloomington, IN

Get Help Fast For Unexpected Dental Emergencies

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At Barco Family Dentistry, we know how alarming it can be when you or a loved one experiences sudden dental pain. As an emergency dentist in Bloomington with years of experience and a compassionate chairside manner, Dr. Barco has helped patients of all ages get out pain quickly while also protecting their long-term oral health. We set aside time in our schedule each day to accommodate emergencies and we’re always just a phone call away. If you ever find yourself in a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us!

How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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There are two main types of dental emergencies. Some, such as toothaches, develop over a longer period of time. Others are very sudden and often result from an accident or injury. Dr. Barco and our team have plenty of experience handling both. Your first step is to call us so we can schedule the first available appointment and give you tips for handling the situation until we can see you. Here are some guidelines for common emergencies:


Toothache or Swelling

If you have a persistent toothache, facial swelling, or a pimple-like bump on your gums, you could have an abscess or infection. Start by swishing with lukewarm salt water and applying a cold compress to the area. You can take over-the-counter pain medication but even if the pain subsides, you still need treatment to prevent the infection from spreading.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

First, rinse and spit with lukewarm water. If you have pain or sensitivity, apply a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medication as directed until your visit. if necessary, use dental wax from the store to cover any sharp edges.

Knocked-Out Tooth

It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible, preferably within an hour. If you can’t make it in to see Dr. Barco in that time, go to your nearest ER or urgent care center.

As for immediate care, making sure to handle your tooth only by the crown and not the root, gently rinse it off and try to put it back in its socket (facing the right way). If this isn’t possible, put it in a glass of cold milk or water or hold it in your cheek pouch to make sure it stays moist until your visit.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

If a dental crown comes off, rinse it and gently dry it off before putting a small amount of dental cement from the drugstore in it. You can use toothpaste in a pinch, but don’t use any other kind of glue or adhesive because it can make our job more difficult when you arrive for treatment.

How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

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As a dentist in Bloomington, we know that when it comes to emergencies, prevention is so much easier than treatment. One of the best tools for prevention is seeing us for regular checkups so we can catch and treat small problems before they turn into emergencies.

Good oral hygiene at home is also key for keeping everything healthy. If you participate in any contact sports or recreational activities, wear a mouthguard. Also, if you clench and grind at night, wear a nightguard to protect your teeth from potential chips and cracks. Finally, avoid chewing on ice, pens, or hard candies.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The cost of emergency treatment can vary widely. In some cases, treatment is relatively minor and may involve antibiotics and a dental filling. In other cases, we may need to plan treatment in phases, such as starting with an extraction and discussing a replacement option like an implant or bridge down the road.

After Dr. Barco has done an emergency exam, he’ll explain his recommendations and give you a cost estimate. When possible, he’ll give you multiple treatment options and answer any questions you have to help you make the best decision. Above all, he’ll relieve your pain and help you move forward with great oral health!