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Emergency Dentist – Ellijay, GA

Dental Emergency? We Have You Covered!

Is your child experiencing a really bad toothache? Has one of your own teeth been broken or knocked out in an accident? If so, don’t delay seeking out care! You can just give Lykins Family Dentistry a call, and we’ll be happy to see you right away. We’re often able to schedule same-day appointments for emergency patients so that no one ever has to be left waiting in pain. Let us know what the problem is, and we’ll help you start solving it immediately.

Why Choose Lykins Family Dentistry for Emergency Dental Treatment?

  • Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergency Patients
  • Highly-Skilled Dentists with Decades of Experience
  • Friendly Staff That Delivers Excellent Service

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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First and foremost, the best thing you can do in any dental emergency is contact a dentist right away. Once you’re on the phone with our team, we can provide first-aid tips and schedule to see you straightaway. In the meantime, however, there are a few things you can do to help in any emergency before you’re able to reach our office. Here are some tips on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:

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Toothaches

Thoroughly rinse and floss around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck. If this doesn’t stop the pain outright, then a dental infection might be the problem, in which case it’s OK to take an OTC medication. A cold compress on the face can also provide some temporary relief.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Use a cold compress to reduce any pain or swelling, and try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can. Put them in a safe container, and be sure to bring them to our office. The tooth itself might now have a sharp edge, and it needs to be covered so it doesn’t accidentally cut the inside of the mouth. To do this, use some sugar-free gum or dental wax.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Recover the tooth, give it a quick rinse while completely avoiding the root, and make sure it stays wet until you reach our office—this will keep it alive so we can splint it back into place. The best ways to do this are to put it back into the socket, hold it between the cheek and gums, or store it with milk or saltwater.

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Lost Filling/Crown

Clean off the restoration by rinsing it in water, and try to place it back onto the tooth, using a bit of toothpaste if it won’t stay put. Avoid chewing with that part of your mouth until we can see you, and if you develop any sensitivity or pain, go ahead and take an OTC medication.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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These simple tips will help you and your loved ones avoid most dental emergencies:

  • Protect your teeth and wear a mouthguard whenever you participate in sports.
  • Avoid chewing on hard items that can wear down your teeth, like ice, popcorn kernels, rock candies, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Always use the scissors to open a difficult package and never your teeth!
  • Brush and floss every day and attend regular checkups. Consistent preventive dental care will stop minor issues that can turn into big emergencies if left untreated.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Because there are so many types of dental emergency, all of which have differing levels of severity, the cost of emergency dental care is always unique from patient to patient. The only consistent factor is that getting treatment quickly is the best way to minimize cost as well as pain. To help make urgent services more affordable, we accept a wide variety of dental insurance plans, and we even offer our own low-to-no interest financing as well.