Emergency? We’re Here When You Need Us Most
Accidents happen, and they rarely happen when it’s convenient. Whether your filling or dental implant suddenly comes out while you’re having dinner, your son is hit in the mouth with a baseball and loses or chips a permanent tooth, or you wake up with an unbearably painful tooth abscess, Dr. Staten is just a phone call away and will do whatever it takes to get you into our office quickly.
We Handle Any Dental Emergency
Even if you have never been seen by Desert Hills Dental or Dr. Staten, don’t hesitate to call us when you are in pain and need us most. We treat each and every dental emergency with urgency, regardless of whether you are a brand new patient or someone whom we’ve worked with before.
The More Information, the Better
If ever you find yourself with a dental emergency on your hands, remember that the more specific you are when you call us, the more effectively we can help you. Here are some things questions that we likely will ask when you call about a dental emergency.
- How old is the patient?
- What exactly happened to the tooth or teeth?
- When did the trauma occur?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how severe is the patient’s pain?
- Is the patient bleeding or having difficulty breathing or swallowing?
- Does the patient have any dental implants or other dental restorations or prosthetics?
- Is the patient being treated for any dental problem?
- Does the patient have any allergies to medications or Latex?
- If the patient has dental insurance, what is the policy information?
Of course, as is the case with any medical emergency, if the patient is experiencing severe trauma, bleeding, pain, or unconsciousness and you are concerned about their well being, call 911.
Save the Tooth
If you or a family member have a tooth knocked out and can locate it, bring it with you to our office. Occasionally, the dentist will be able to save the tooth and implant it back into the tooth socket. One of the best ways to preserve the tooth is to place it in a container of milk until you arrive at our office.
Time is of the essence!
Saving the tooth must happen as quickly as possible – preferably within one hour of the accident.