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Emergency Dentist — River Ridge, LA

Professional Care When You Need It Most

At deJong & Plaisance Family Dentistry, we understand how sudden and frightening emergency situations can be, especially when it comes to something as fragile and vital as oral health. If you or a family member is experiencing severe dental pain or injury, don’t wait – contact our practice in River Ridge as soon as possible to schedule an appointment! We don’t want anyone to have to wait for the relief they need, which is why our team strives to see emergency cases as soon as possible.


Why Choose deJong & Plaisance Family Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

First and foremost, you should call our office and schedule an emergency appointment if you ever find yourself in an urgent situation. Our team will assist you as quickly as possible to ensure you get the relief you deserve. In the meantime, we’ve included some helpful tips below on how to deal with the most common dental emergencies we see.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

No two cases are the same, which is why it’s impossible to predict the cost of your dental emergency until you come in for an exam. The type of care you need will depend solely on the nature and extent of your problem. Rest assured – our team will thoroughly explain the pricing information and your available financing options to ensure you know what to expect. The last thing we want is for you to find surprises on your bill!


How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies aren’t entirely preventable, but there are many steps you can take to significantly lower your risk of one occurring. Avoiding particularly tough or sticky foods can help patients lessen their risk of experiencing a dental emergency, as can wearing a sports guard when participating in athletic events. Most importantly, make sure to attend regular check-ups with our staff! We can help you prevent small areas of damage from developing into serious concerns in the future.


Dental Emergency FAQs

Illustration of tooth and kit for dental emergencies in River Ridge, LA

Time is of the essence during a dental emergency; you need to be able to keep a cool head so that you can quickly get your situation under control and schedule a consultation at our office. To make it easier to stay calm when it counts the most, we suggest learning as much as you can about dental emergencies; that way, you’ll already have the information you need to make the right decisions for your grin. Check out the FAQs below to see how our team has responded to some particularly common inquiries.

Will My Toothache Go Away On Its Own?

There’s more than one possible explanation for a toothache, but in general, you shouldn’t count on the pain going away by itself. In fact, you should have the tooth examined as quickly as possible so that any underlying problems can be treated long before they lead to more complex dental issues. Note that even if your toothache goes away, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the problem is gone; it could be the result of a severe infection that has killed the tooth’s nerves.

Can the Emergency Room Remove a Tooth?

The doctors at the emergency room tend to be limited in what they can do to help when you have a dental emergency. They may be able to prescribe antibiotics or other medication to treat their symptoms, but they likely won’t be able to remove the tooth; that’s a procedure that can only be performed by a licensed dentist. As such, you should call our office if you suspect that you might need a tooth extraction. (Note that in many cases, it may be possible to save the tooth; we won’t know for sure until we have had a chance to examine it.)

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

Chipped teeth don’t always cause pain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing is wrong. Even minor dental damage could still put you at risk for an infection. You may be able to wait a day or two to have a chipped tooth treated, but don’t put it off for too long; acting quickly could be the key to avoiding further damage.

Should Knocked-Out Teeth Be Placed in Water?

A knocked-out tooth needs to be kept moist if you want to have any chance of saving it by the time you get to the dentist’s office. Your first thought might be to put the tooth in water, but this can actually damage the cells on the roots, thus making it less likely that we will be able to perform a successful reimplantation. You should place the tooth in milk or saline solution instead. Alternatively, you can try to put it back in its socket or store it in your mouth between your gums and the inside of your cheek.