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Angelo M. Julovich, DDS
6857 W Stonegate Drive, Suite A
Zionsville, IN 46077
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Emergency Dentist – Zionsville, IN

Emergency? We’ll Get You Out of Pain Fast

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At Trinity Dental, we focus on providing the best-quality care possible to a lower volume of patients. That means that in the event of a dental emergency, it’s highly likely that Dr. Angelo Julovich can see you on the same day you call. We also offer late hours through part of the week to accommodate you when you need an emergency dentist the most. With almost 40 years of experience, advanced training, and the latest technology, Dr. Julovich will get you out of pain fast and protect your oral health for many years to come. If you or a loved one has a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us!

How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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There are two main types of dental emergencies. The first type is pain that develops over time until it becomes unbearable. In other cases, an accident, injury, or other situation arises that seems to come out of nowhere. At Trinity Dental, we can help in both situations!

If you have a dental emergency, the first step is to call us right away. Then, while you’re waiting to be seen, you can do the following:

Toothache or Swelling

If you have a severe toothache, abscess, or swelling, you may have an infection. Swish with lukewarm salt water every 1-2 hours, apply a cold compress, and take over-the-counter pain medication as directed. Remember that infections can become dangerous, even if the pain subsides, so you still need treatment!

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Start by rinsing out your mouth with lukewarm water and, if necessary, use dental wax from the store to cover any sharp edges. For pain, gently apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek and take over-the-counter pain medication.

Knocked-Out Tooth

You’ll have the best chance of saving your tooth if you can see Dr. Julovich within one hour. Until then, start by gently rinsing out your mouth with lukewarm water. Then, taking care to hold the tooth only by the crown, not the root, rinse it off and place it back in its socket, facing the right way. If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a glass of cold milk or water, or hold it in your cheek pouch to make sure it stays moist.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

Whether it’s a permanent or temporary crown, gently rinse and dry the crown and put a dab of dental cement from the drugstore in it (or toothpaste in a pinch) before putting it back over the tooth. Don’t use glue or adhesive, as this can make our job more difficult when you arrive for treatment.

How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

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When it comes to dental emergencies, the best offense is defense! Regular checkups and good oral hygiene habits at home will go a long way towards preventing many emergencies.

Also, wear a protective mouthguard for any contact sports or recreational activities such as mountain biking. It’s much easier to avoid a knocked-out tooth altogether than to get treatment for it.

Finally, avoid chewing on ice, pens, or hard candies. And if you’re one of the many people who clench and grind at night, ask us about a nightguard to protect your teeth from damage.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Every situation and patient are unique. In some cases, a simple prescription for antibiotics and a filling is needed. In others, an extraction may be necessary, followed by a plan for tooth replacement.

If you’re having an emergency, call us right away. Our highly-skilled team is gentle and compassionate, and we’ll get you out of pain in record time. We’ll also discuss all of your treatment options to make sure you have a healthy smile for many years to come!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Are you still wondering what you would do if you had a dental emergency on your hands? If an accident occurs or you’re experiencing severe pain, time is of the essence. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and know what steps to take. You can also prevent further damage from occurring by acting fast. We want you to be ready for any situation that comes your way, which is why we’ve compiled some common questions we get from patients about dental emergencies for your convenience.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

The term “dental emergency” is an umbrella phrase for any situation that’s causing you oral pain, or problems that need immediate attention. Most patients are hesitant to schedule an appointment with their dentist right away because they don’t want to make a big deal out of a small problem. Some good signs that you are experiencing a dental emergency include:

  • Sudden swelling.
  • Bleeding that won’t stop, even after placing pressure on the area.
  • Severe pain.
  • Discolored gums or tooth.
  • Copper taste in the mouth.
  • A broken restoration.

At Trinity Dental, we’re able to ease your pain and make a stressful situation less so when you call us as soon as possible. We’d be more than happy to walk you through first aid and help you determine whether or not your issue requires emergency care.

What are the most common dental emergencies?

We see a variety of problems that need treatment right away, but some of the most common dental emergencies that people suffer from include:

  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth.
  • Knocked-out teeth.
  • Toothaches and jaw pain due to tooth infections.
  • Swollen gums due to infection.
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Uncomfortable oral sores.

When these issues aren’t addressed in a timely manner, they can progress into something more severe down the road. So, if you’re going through any of these situations, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately for care.

Should I visit the ER or emergency dentist first?

Certain injuries require immediate medical attention that our office isn’t equipped to handle. Facial traumas like jaw fractures, dislocation, cuts on the face or mouth, or any issues that are impacting your ability to breathe and swallow, all require visits to your local emergency room. After you receive necessary attention from a medical doctor, you can visit us for any of your dental needs immediately after.

How do I handle a dental emergency?

The thought of handling a dental emergency may stir up worry and stress in you. Accidents always seem to happen at the worst possible times, but if you’re well-prepared, you can handle them calmly and efficiently. As soon as you realize you have a serious situation on your hands, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will walk you through any necessary first aid instructions and carve out an appointment time if it’s necessary. Once you get to our office, you can rest assured that you’re in great hands with Dr. Julovich. He’ll treat your dental injury and ease your pain before sending you on your way!