Lafayette, LA Emergency Dentist
If you’re suffering from a constant toothache, it’s important that you see a dentist right away. Not only is dental pain difficult to live with, but it can lead to serious problems down the road if left untreated.
You may be tempted to wait and see if the pain will pass, but we strongly discourage this. Most often, the pain is a sign of an infected tooth. Once the infection begins to abscess (move into the bone) the pain may stop, but the infection will not. It will continue to spread, worsening the problem. An abscessed tooth must be treated by a dentist. It won’t “go away” on its own.
Please don’t wait to make an appointment. Call our Lafayette, LA emergency dentists—they will see you on the same day, during normal office hours, even if you’re not a regular patient. Our dentists know that these emergencies come up, and leave room in their schedules to accommodate such cases.
Stress-Free Emergency Dentistry
At Camellia Dental, we understand that if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may feel a bit scared, anxious, or even embarrassed. But we want you to assure you—you will not be judged or lectured, no matter how long it’s been since your last checkup. We’re here to help you now, and we will provide the same level of compassion and care that we give to all of our patients.
Types of Dental Emergencies
- Toothache – If it feels like the pain is coming from the inside of your tooth, then most likely, the pulp of your tooth is infected. There could be a large cavity, or you could have decay underneath an old filling. In both of these cases, the treatment is usually a root canal. A root canal might also be necessary if your tooth has been badly chipped or cracked, exposing the nerves under the tooth’s surface to infection.
- Broken Tooth – A broken tooth may not cause pain, but it still constitutes an emergency. A dental bonding procedure doesn’t take long and uses a tooth-colored composite resin to replace the broken-off piece. If you were able to save the broken-off piece, please bring it with you. Sometimes we can bond it back into place.
- Traumatic Injury – If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, come in immediately. Bring the tooth with you, after placing it in a container of warm milk, or inside a moist towel, to keep the root alive. Do not touch the root—only handle the tooth by its surface area. If you get here fast enough (within an hour) and the tooth is handled properly, we can replant the tooth into your mouth.
Sedation Dentistry Available
Don’t let dental anxieties keep you from receiving the care you need. We are licensed in sedation dentistry and offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation (benzodiazepine) to help you through your dental appointment.
If you’re in pain, call our office now, and we’ll get you in today. Or you can request an appointment here, and we’ll call you.