Decatur, AL Emergency Dentist
If you have a dental emergency, we will see you today, during our regular office hours.
Whether you have sustained an injury or are unsure of the source of your pain, we will work to determine its cause and alleviate it. If treatment will require additional visits, we will ensure you are comfortable when you leave and that you have a treatment plan in place.
Dental Emergency + Fear of the Dentist
For those already worried about a trip to the dentist, a dental emergency is doubly worrisome. We understand that and will work with you to put you at ease. Dr. Wallace is particularly known for her gentle touch and both doctors can offer you nitrous oxide to help put you relax while addressing the cause of your dental emergency.
Dental Emergencies We Treat
Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes but most of them have one thing in common—pain.
- Decay that has reached into the pulp of the tooth will cause a toothache. The treatment for a toothache with deep decay is a root canal treatment.
- Another possible cause of toothache pain is a cracked or broken tooth. If left untreated, a crack can also lead to infection reaching the pulp and require a root canal. Depending on where the crack is and how large it is, we will determine the proper treatment—possibly bonding the tooth or placing a porcelain crown.
- A chipped or broken front tooth may not hurt but may be an aesthetic emergency. Dental bonding can restore it to its natural appearance.
- Infections of the gum and mouth can also cause a toothache and require dental intervention to manage and control the infection. We can discuss the best treatment options for your particular situation.
- Wisdom teeth that have not been removed can become infected and be a source of toothache pain. Wisdom tooth removal is the treatment for wisdom tooth pain. We will get you out of pain, treat the infection, and plan for their removal.
- In the event that you have sustained trauma to your mouth, it is important to be seen right away as saving your teeth is imperative and may be time-sensitive depending on the injury sustained. If a tooth (or teeth) has been dislodged, pick it up by the chewing surface, very gently rinse if dirty and place it in a damp (not dripping wet) towel or a glass of milk. Bring both with you to the visit. We can determine the extent of your injury and may be able to reattach the tooth, if necessary. We will go over any additional treatments, such as root canal therapy, that will be needed to restore your smile.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you have some dental anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide sedation if you need it. This is a gas that you breathe through your nose while you are receiving dental treatment. It takes effect immediately and wears off immediately, so that you can drive home or back to work without any lingering effects.
For Same-Day Dental Emergency Treatment
For same-day emergency dental treatment, call us during our normal business hours at (256) 350-5810.