Dental emergencies can happen in an instant, leaving you or your loved ones terrified and in pain. When these situations strike, don’t hesitate to contact Sage Dental Care to schedule an appointment. Dr. Branco and Dr. Kim make every effort to see emergency cases right away – we’re even often able to fit them in on the same day as the initial call. Better yet, we have two convenient locations in North Reno and South Reno, NV so that you’re never too far away from the help you need.
Dental emergencies can happen in an instant, leaving you or your loved ones terrified and in pain. When these situations strike, don’t hesitate to contact Sage Dental Care to schedule an appointment. Dr. Branco and Dr. Kim make every effort to see emergency cases right away – we’re even often able to fit them in on the same day as the initial call. Better yet, we have two convenient locations in North Reno and South Reno, NV so that you’re never too far away from the help you need. Give us a call to get your dental emergency treated!
Common dental emergencies include toothaches and damaged teeth, but they are far from the only dental issues our dentists can treat. For this reason, it’s best to give us a call even if you aren’t sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, just to be safe. In the meantime, you can follow our tips below to manage your symptoms until you get to our office.
Saying every dental emergency is avoidable would be inaccurate. There are certain situations you can’t control, foresee, or prevent. However, many dental emergencies actually can be prevented by making healthy, smart choices in your lifestyle. These habits may seem simple, but they can help you avoid the pain and expense of dental emergencies in the future.
Some problems, such as toothaches, don’t develop overnight, meaning they often happen slowly over time. When you come to one of our Reno offices on a regular basis (i.e., at least every six months), our skilled dentists conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and soft tissues looking for any sign of trouble. We can spot the early signs of decay or damage and take care of the problem before it progresses and causes real harm. In addition to a regular checkup, this appointment is an opportunity for us to remove tartar from your teeth, which stops future issues before they even have a chance to start.
In addition to in-office maintenance with our team at Sage Dental Care, you need to be taking care of your smile every day at home. Brushing and flossing daily removes plaque that can build up and cause painful decay. The good news is that brushing and flossing only take a few minutes, which means it should easily fit into your schedule. Make sure you implement these little habits into your routine to keep bacteria under control.
If you eat tons of sugar, brushing and flossing will not be enough to keep your smile healthy. You need to make healthy decisions about what you eat because what feeds you also feeds the bacteria in your mouth. Not only should you try to limit the amount of carbohydrates and sugar you consume, but you should also eat foods that promote strong oral health. These foods include fibrous fruits and vegetables (like apples, carrots, broccoli, and leafy greens), nutrient-rich foods (with Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and more), and foods that are high in water content (like watermelon and cucumbers).
Are you active in sports? Do you like to skateboard or do other activities? We’re not saying you shouldn’t do these things. In fact, we encourage being active! However, if you could get hit in the face, you run the risk of experiencing a dental emergency, which is why we recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your mouth. This small oral appliance absorbs the blow, keeping your teeth safer and stopping the impact from harming your smile.
Perhaps you’re in a rush or you don’t know where the scissors are. In the moment, you can rationalize using your teeth to open packaging, but it could end up with you needing dental repair. Instead of asking your teeth to do things they weren’t designed for, find the appropriate tool. It may take a few extra minutes, but it will stop a chipped or broken tooth from occurring.
When it comes to dental emergencies, the ultimate goal is to avoid them. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. But, by knowing how to properly respond and what to expect, you can limit your suffering and speed up your recovery time. At Sage Dental Care, we provide the comprehensive dentistry you need to fully overcome such situations, but that’s not all; we also promote education. As part of our efforts to provide you with the best information, we’ve compiled a list of the four questions we’ve encountered the most throughout the years.
Because dental emergencies and the care necessary to recover can vary, there is no set fee for treatment. The only way for us to provide you with an accurate cost estimate is for your dentist in Reno to perform an examination to determine exactly what the problem is. Then, based on what your situation entails, we’ll let you know what the cost is so you can decide how you want to proceed.
One of the primary reasons for maintaining dental insurance is to know that in the event of a dental emergency, you can count on a portion of the treatment being paid for. However, the amount of coverage available can vary based on the specific details of your plan. When you contact us, one of our staff members will gladly work with you to ensure that you’re able to maximize your benefits.
While a filling can often suffice to restore decayed enamel, once oral bacteria have penetrated to the more sensitive parts of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to stop the advancement. This is a typical treatment protocol for a severe toothache. However, for root canal therapy to be successful, it’s a must to take action before the decay destroys too much of your tooth.
When a dental emergency strikes, the first person to turn to is your emergency dentist in Reno. Therefore, you can rest assured that the care you receive will be spot on, and you’ll be on track to recover properly. However, there are situations that are even more urgent. If you have oral bleeding that has lasted longer than 10 minutes, or you suspect you have a broken jaw, you should head to your local ER.