Pineville emergency dentistry

We Prioritize Emergencies and Offer Same-Day Dental Care

When unexpected dental issues come up, we know how stressful, painful, and emotional it can be. The team at Pineville Family Dentistry knows just what to do in emergency situations, and we will treat you and your loved ones as if you’re all family when you’re here for an urgent visit. Dr. Babb has been treating dental emergencies for years, and you’re in good hands with his care.

Dr. and hygienist looking at x-ray

What to Do in a Dental Emergency:

Most importantly, stay calm and call Pineville Family Dentistry right away.
Seeing a dentist immediately will give you the best chance of saving a severely damaged tooth.
If your tooth has been knocked out, keep it moist in a container of cold milk, or put it in your mouth in between your cheek and gums until your appointment.
Treat pain with a cold compress or ibuprofen. Aspirin SHOULD NOT be used, because it can prevent proper blood clotting.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

If you are in extreme pain and you cannot treat it on your own, this is considered a dental emergency. Many different situations fall into this category, but a few common cases include:
- teeth that have been knocked out for any reason
- past dental work that has become loose or fallen out
- excessive bleeding and extreme pain

Still unsure whether you’re case is an emergency? Don’t hesitate to call us at (318) 704-5757. Our knowledgeable team will discuss your needs and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Should I Make a Same-Day Appointment?

Yes! If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, getting expert treatment from a dentist like Dr. Babb is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. The sooner you seek treatment after an emergency, the better. If your tooth is loose or has been knocked out in an injury, immediate care is the best chance you have to save your natural tooth structure. Waiting too long could lead to the loss of your tooth and costly restorative care to replace it.

At Pineville Family Dentistry, we believe that every patient deserves quality, compassionate care, especially when you’re faced with an emergency or injury. Call us immediately at (318) 704-5757 for a same-day appointment, or stop by our office at 3310 Military Highway, Pineville, LA, 71360.

How Should I Care For Knocked-Out Teeth?

After calling us for an emergency appointment, you should recover your tooth. Rinse it with warm water, if necessary, and then put it back into the socket to keep it moist. Alternatively, you can put it into a container of cold milk.

Then, come to our office as soon as you possibly can. Don’t waste time trying to treat your pain on your own. Your tooth needs to be replaced within 1-2 hours. If you wait too long to have it replaced, Dr. Troy Babb will not be able to save it.

How Should I Care For Loose/Fallen Out Dental Work?

If possible, you should retrieve your dental work if it has been pulled out. Dr. Babb may be able to replace it instead of creating a new dental prosthesis, which will save you both time and money.

Then, give us a call right away for an emergency appointment. Even if your dental work is merely loose and has not fallen out completely, this is an emergency. The vulnerable tooth structure that was protected by your filling or crown may now be exposed to damage and decay.

If your tooth hurts, you can take aspirin, ibuprofen or any other pain reliever you have handy. A topical pain reliever like Orajel also may help with discomfort. However, these temporary solutions are no replacement for proper dental care. Come into our office as soon as you can for permanent treatment.

How Should I Care For A Severe Toothache?

First, call us and tell us about your situation. It’s highly likely that you have a very deep cavity or an infected tooth. Both of these problems qualify as dental emergencies, so schedule a same-day appointment at our office.

You can get some relief from your pain by using your preferred over-the-counter pain reliever, or a topical pain reliever such as Orajel. In cases of severe tooth pain, applying an ice pack externally to the affected cheek for up to 10 minutes at a time may help relieve your discomfort.

After treating your pain and discomfort, make sure that you come to our office as soon as you can for your scheduled same-day appointment. Don’t delay. Until your tooth is diagnosed and treated by Dr. Troy Babb, it’s likely that your pain will only get worse. In some cases, waiting to get treatment for too long could even result in the loss of your tooth.

How Should I Care For Lacerations To My Gums Or Oral Tissue?

If you experience a slip and fall, a hard hit in a contact sport, or any other such accident, you may end up with cuts and lacerations to your gums, tongue, cheeks, or lips. In most cases, minor cuts do not require medical treatment.

However, if your bleeding does not stop or slow down within 1-2 hours of the incident, the cuts may be too deep to heal on their own. You may need to see Dr. Troy Babb to have stitches placed, and to ensure that your cuts are cleaned to prevent disinfection.

Call us for an appointment right away. You can use clean gauze or cotton balls to absorb blood until you come into Pineville Family Dentistry. Apply firm pressure to the affected areas to help stanch bleeding. Then, come into our office as soon as you can, and Dr. Babb will provide you with the care you need in Pineville.

Schedule your appointment today!