Emergency Dental Care in Columbus, IN
If you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing a sudden toothache, broken tooth, or a knocked-out tooth, you know the last thing you want to hear from your dental office is that you can’t be seen right away. We know that dental emergencies can be frightening and painful and often leave you frantically searching for an emergency dentist. That’s why we go out of our way to give you the emergency dental care you need as quickly as possible!
“If you call our office after hours with a dental emergency, your call will be directed to a dedicated emergency line. Simply leave us a message, and we’ll quickly return your call and help you find relief.
First Aid Guide for Dental Emergencies
Follow these guidelines below for quick relief from common dental emergencies. If you’re unsure of what to do, please call us. If the trauma is severe, please call 911 right away.
Start by using warm water to rinse any dirt or debris away from the broken tooth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the injured area for 15 minutes. Find any pieces of the tooth that you can, and call us immediately to arrange an emergency visit.
The most effective treatment for cold or canker sores is typically a set of dedicated over-the-counter medications. If the sores are abnormally large or the pain severe, we may be able to provide treatment that will ease the pain and speed up the healing process. Feel free to give us a call!
While the cut is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. Also apply wrapped ice directly to the lip or to the exterior of the cheek. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or if it can’t be controlled by pressure, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
Try to keep the jaw from moving by wrapping a towel, tie, or handkerchief around your head so that the cloth is tight under the chin. Get to your nearest emergency room or urgent care center as soon as possible.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, carefully pick it up, taking care to touch only the top of the tooth (don’t touch the root). If necessary, gently rinse it clean with running water, but do not scrub or scrape the tooth. If the tooth is not broken or cracked, carefully reinsert it in its socket and hold it in place by biting down gently on a clean, small piece of gauze or cloth. If you’re unable to reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk to prevent drying, and call us right away to arrange an emergency visit. Time is of the essence, so act quickly!
If a toothache is ailing you, use a toothbrush and toothpaste to gently but thoroughly clean the sore area. Rinse with warm salt water, then try to dislodge any trapped food or debris with dental floss. Feel free to take on over-the-counter pain medication to help manage the pain until you’re able to see us, but do not apply any pain relief gels or creams directly to the sore area. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the affected area for 15 minutes.
Affordable Emergency Dentistry
When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you shouldn’t be worried about the cost of care. At Dental Solutions of Columbus, we focus on your well-being first and foremost. Our goal is to ensure that every patient’s care doesn’t have to come second to their budget. For payment flexibility, we accept a variety of payment methods, including cash, checks, major debit and credit cards, HSAs, and FSAs. We also offer third-party financing through CareCredit® and LendingClub®. CareCredit works like a credit card that you can use specifically for your healthcare expenses and LendingClub issues personal loans directly into your bank account!