Jamie L. Guthrie, DDS

Emergency Dentistry – Ardmore, OK

Let Us Ease Your Pain and Restore Your Smile

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Are you stressed out because you have a severe toothache or dental damage that is causing you pain? Dr. Jamie Guthrie is an experienced and knowledgeable emergency dentist in Ardmore that can help treat your urgent problems. Our team will do everything we can to help repair any accidental damage and make your smile look as good as new. While these situations can be stressful, you’ll be able to feel a wave of relief when you walk into our office and are greeted by one of our warm and compassionate team members.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies are impossible to avoid altogether, so the best you can do is be prepared in case they occur. Knowing how to react quickly and efficiently can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. If you’ve experienced any of the following, be sure to contact us immediately and follow these recommendations.

Toothaches

If you have a severe toothache, it could be caused by several issues. First, be sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and brush and floss to make sure it isn’t a piece of lodged food causing you pain. If the pain persists, use an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen and place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth if it’s swollen. Make your way to our office immediately, because you may have an infected tooth.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Be sure to save any pieces of your teeth that have broken off and rinse your mouth using lukewarm water to flush any debris out. A cold compress can help bring down any swelling and ease any pain you may be experiencing. If you’re bleeding, place a piece of gauze over the area to help the blood clot and contact us.

Knocked-Out Tooth

For a knocked-out tooth, be sure to pick it up and store it so you have it with you when you come to our office. Time is of the essence, so try to get to us within the first hour after the accident because we’ll have a higher chance of being able to reattach the tooth. You’ll want to keep it moist, so try to place it back in its socket. If you’re not able to do this, store it in milk or between your gum and cheek. Get to us as soon as possible.

Lost Filling/Crown

For a lost crown or filling, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum in the cavity or visit your local pharmacy to pick up some dental cement. The longer this issue goes unaddressed, the more vulnerable your tooth is to harmful oral bacteria and further damage, so visit us as soon as possible. We offer CEREC same-day dental crowns, so you can get everything taken care of in a single visit.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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The best way to reduce your risk of experiencing any dental emergencies is to keep up with your oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist in Ardmore, Dr. Guthrie if you notice any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. Also, be sure to attend routine checkups and cleanings with us so we can tackle any small issues we spot before they have a chance to progress.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Depending on what your emergency is, the cost will vary based on the treatment you receive. At your Ardmore dentist, we accept several insurance providers. If you have any specific questions about costs, contact us and one of our team members will be more than happy to help you find out what your benefits cover.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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With dental emergencies, time is of the essence. That means, if you aren’t prepared to handle a situation like a broken or knocked-out tooth, things can get messy for your oral health. It’s a good thing you can rely on your emergency dentist in Ardmore for help. If you find yourself in a dilemma, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our team of professionals will be more than happy to walk you through any first aid to keep you from suffering additional damage. We’ve also compiled some common questions we get below for your convenience.

How do I know if my problem is a dental emergency?

We often get patients that are nervous to seek emergency dental help because they don’t know whether their issue is “serious enough.” If you notice you’re in severe pain or are experiencing discomfort that won’t subside, then there’s something wrong and you should visit us. We understand that accidents can be stressful and difficult to deal with, which is why our caring and compassionate team always strives to work quickly to relieve your pain and ease your worry. If you’re in doubt about coming, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be more than happy to let you know if you need immediate attention.

Should I visit the ER or the dentist?

For certain injuries, our office isn’t equipped to provide the medical attention that you may need. That’s when you should visit your local emergency room before seeking our help. Typically, any kind of facial trauma that results in a jaw fracture, dislocation, or serious laceration needs to be treated at the ER first. After that, we would be more than happy to help handle any dental work that you need. A good rule of thumb is that if you have a dental problem that isn’t life-threatening but still needs time-sensitive treatment, an emergency dentist can help.

Does my toothache need emergency attention?

Toothaches can be a result of a variety of problems. Something as small as a lodged piece of food between your teeth could cause you pain. On the other side of the spectrum, an infected tooth can also result in an excruciating toothache. Before you call us up, try gently brushing and flossing your teeth to dislodge any debris. If the pain still persists for the following couple of days, it’s time for you to make an appointment with us. Without the proper treatment and early intervention, a severe toothache could result in needing an extraction, so it’s important to act fast. 

Does my dental insurance cover an emergency visit?

Depending on your insurance provider and what type of benefits you have, everyone’s dental coverage varies quite drastically. The best way to tell if your treatment will be covered is to contact your provider and ask them directly. Our team would be more than happy to help you with that. If you currently don’t have dental insurance, we can also help you split your treatment cost into manageable payments with little to no interest!

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