Emergency dentistry provides peace of mind to Alpharetta, GA patients
Some dental conditions and injuries cannot wait. Be it a throbbing tooth or a fractured or avulsed (knocked-out) tooth, and at Bella Hanono Family Dentistry, we are available to promptly get you or your family member much-needed, urgent care. Our schedule is planned in such a way as to prioritize emergency dentistry cases. If problems arise outside of office hours, as they tend to do, we urge you to call us at (770) 343-4052 immediately.
We will guide you through steps to alleviate pain and protect teeth from further damage (or the tooth’s loss) until you can visit us. Depending on the nature of your needs, we may recommend that you rinse your mouth with saltwater or place a cold compress in the trouble area to minimize swelling. You should store a knocked-out tooth in a Save-a-Tooth solution or milk. Keeping your tooth in this manner helps to preserve tissues. If at all possible, try to place the tooth back in its socket carefully. In this situation, the sooner you can visit us, the greater the odds that we will be able to re-root the tooth in its socket.
We encourage patients to create dental first-aid kits or account for the teeth in your family kit. If you have fillings or other restorations, for instance, add temporary cement to your first-aid items. This product can be beneficial should a portion of your crown break or should a filling fall out. Sterile gauze, ice packs, Orajel or Anbesol, and dental wax are also useful to manage bleeding and pain.
All family members should have access to our phone number, be it on the fridge in your kitchen or saved as a contact in your phone.
Minimize your risks
Life happens. We cannot control everything. Dr. Hanono encourages you to maintain what you can, starting with getting into a healthy routine of check-ups and cleanings at our office. The standard is two routine visits every year. These visits are a cornerstone of preventive dentistry. We can catch problems before they get worse and eventually lead to a toothache and the need for emergency care at our office or the hospital. Other preventive services, such as custom mouthguards to protect from sports-related dental injuries or sealants to preserve decay-prone molars, also minimize the risk of developing those problems that commonly lead to urgent dental or ER visits. Be aware that some oral conditions can escalate to become medical emergencies. Call 911 promptly if you experience symptoms such as problems breathing or swallowing. These can be signs of a systemic infection. Oral infections can spread and wreak havoc on other parts of the body.