You reach into the bag of candy, which you bought to share with trick-or-treaters. Having a few pieces for yourself won’t hurt anyone … at least that’s what you were thinking.
When you bite down on that first piece, however, you learned that you were wrong. An unexpected pain shoots through your mouth. You’ve bitten into something much harder than you expected, and now you have a cracked tooth. The pain is surprisingly intense. You realize this is a dental emergency.
So, what should you do?
If you live in or near Crown Point, IN, we hope you will call 219-641-3422 to reach our team at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS. We want to end your pain and restore the appearance and function of your cracked tooth.
Get Help ASAP
Dental emergencies don’t happen on a schedule. They can happen anytime and anywhere, which is why we have a 24-hour answering service for our practice. If you are having a problem, we want to know as soon as possible, so we can help you address your situation faster.
Now, emergency dental situations can lead to some dental anxiety, even for patients who are generally comfortable getting routine care. Our team will do everything we can to put your mind at ease and to block any pain you may be feeling as a result of your particular condition.
We use a local anesthetic to minimize any pain you may feel during the treatment. When your mouth is numb, we can do what needs to be done. Depending on the situation, we may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to repair your smile.
With the example in our introduction, we could create an abutment and give you a temporary crown before you leave. Moving forward, we can get a permanent crown to restore the function of your damaged tooth and the appearance of your smile.
You can’t know exactly when and where a dental emergency will arise. If you could, you would avoid those situations. Nevertheless, you can take steps to reduce your risk of these kinds of problems.
First and foremost, you should be practicing good preventive care. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional cleanings and exams can help you avoid and remove plaque and tartar buildup. This can prevent tooth decay or gum disease, or at least give our team time to catch those problems in the early stages for easier treatment.
Second, if you play sports, then you should be wearing an athletic mouthguard every time to practice or compete. We can design a custom-made mouthguard to provide the best possible protection against dental injuries.
Don’t Wait To Get Help
Our doctors don’t want you to have a dental emergency, but if you do, we want you to get help as quickly as we can provide it.
Don’t delay when you are in pain. Call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS right away if you are concerned about an oral health issue. Call 219-641-3422 to get the help you need and deserve.