Emergency Dental Services to Promptly Reduce Discomfort and Restore Oral Health
If you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency, it can be extremely stressful, especially if your child has special needs. Fortunately, First Impressions Family Dentistry offers emergency dental services to patients in the Nashville, TN, area. Dr. Mike Glasmeier can address a wide range of issues such as broken teeth, urgent extractions, oral infections, and similar concerns. Because he is the parent of two children with special needs, he recognizes the turmoil that sudden emergencies can cause and can appropriately tailor treatment. He knows how to soothe special needs patients, and he can work with you to lower the risk of dental emergencies happening again. Of course, to all of his patients, Dr. Glasmeier offers efficient care involving minimal discomfort to promptly restore good oral health.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dr. Glasmeier treats many types of dental emergencies. In each of these situations, he will provide tips to help you minimize pain and discomfort before you come into the office. Then he will determine the most effective, conservative treatment.
Knocked Out Teeth
Knocked out teeth are one of the most common dental emergencies, especially among kids and athletes. Fortunately, if the roots remain intact, Dr. Glasmeier may be able to place the tooth back in the socket. To make this a more likely solution, you should wash off the tooth without touching the roots. If possible, place the tooth back in the mouth and bite down to keep it in place. This may be too uncomfortable or too difficult for special needs patients. In these situations, you should store the tooth in milk or a saline solution, and you should bring it to the office. If Dr. Glasmeier cannot replace your natural tooth, he offers a number of restorative dentistry options, including dental implants.
Broken teeth can occur for similar reasons as knocked out teeth, and they require comparable care at home. When you bring the broken piece, stored in milk or saline, into the office, Dr. Glasmeier may be able to bond it back in place. If he cannot do so, he may recommend a dental crown to strengthen and repair your tooth.
Toothaches can develop suddenly and acutely, and for many different reasons. If you or your child is experiencing significant pain, you can use non-prescription anti-inflammatories to keep the discomfort under control. Dr. Glasmeier will perform one of several treatments, depending on the cause of your toothache. For example, if you have a cavity, he will most likely place a filling. On the other hand, if an infection is the source of your discomfort, he will typically recommend root canal therapy.
Urgent Dental Extractions
As a skilled restorative and family dentist, Dr. Glasmeier can often save very badly damaged teeth. Nevertheless, there are several situations in which an extraction may be appropriate. Typically, he will perform this treatment in the rare instances when root canal therapy fails. In this situation, you may experience serious discomfort, bleeding, and other symptoms. You may also need an extraction if a cavity or facial trauma has irreparably damaged your tooth.
Infected teeth are just one type of oral infection. Bacteria can also affect all of your soft tissues. Typically, infections will clear up on their own, but some might require a course of antibiotics. Additionally, your dentist may be able to ease discomfort and facial swelling by treating any lesions or abscesses.
Dr. Glasmeier will provide tips to help you minimize pain and discomfort even before you come into the office.
Emergency Dental Services for Special Needs Patients
Dental emergencies can be especially problematic for special needs patients, who may not be able to understand what is going on. Additionally, since these patients often have a higher pain sensitivity, emergencies can cause immense discomfort. Dr. Glasmeier is intimately familiar with special needs, and he will work to get these patients in as quickly as possible. Once they are in the office, he and his team can comfort them and calm them down. We can also provide pain relief in the form of anesthesia, and if necessary, dental sedation. With ongoing care and tips for better oral health, we can help patients and their loved ones prevent these emergencies from reoccurring.
Contact Us Now for Urgent Care
If you or someone in your family is suffering from significant pain or dental damage, we are ready to provide the immediate treatment you need. Contact First Impressions Family Dentistry online or call our Antioch office at (615) 731-8960 or Old Hickory office at (615) 758-9117 to book an appointment.