If you have an emergency and need to see a dentist, call 855-694-8619. Dr. Schoff will see you today, as long as it’s during office hours – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. With a simple procedure, he can remove your pain, identify the problem, and recommend treatment options that are best for you. Don’t delay! Get help now!
How Do I Know It’s An Emergency?
Often, dental emergencies result from an injury or accident. They can take the form of the following emergencies:
- Avulsed (missing) teeth
- Impacted teeth (teeth that are driven deeply into their sockets)
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Loose teeth
- Oral tissue injuries (damaged cheek, gum tissue)
If you haven’t had an accident, there is a foolproof method for determining whether or not it’s an emergency: Pain. The mouth is a sensitive area, and any dental emergency will be painful. Non-injury dental emergencies include:
- Loss of a crown or filling
- Serious tooth infection (causing toothache)
- Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) causing loose or decayed teeth
Call (985) 626-4401 if you have a dental emergency
What Is A Dental Emergency?
Most people think of trauma-related injuries, such as damaged, chipped, loose, or knocked-out (avulsed) teeth when they think of dental emergencies. And, of course, all of these oral issues count as a dental emergency.
But there are other, much more common types of dental emergency, such as toothaches caused by severe tooth decay and tooth infection/abscesses. Damaged, loose, or missing dental work, such as a loose crown or damaged dental bridge, also counts as a dental emergency.
If you’re not sure that you’re experiencing a dental emergency, a good rule of thumb is that if you are experiencing any kind of dental pain and discomfort, and you can’t treat it on your own, you should see a dentist as soon as you can.
What To Do In An Emergency
The very first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles Schof. Some dental emergencies, like an avulsed tooth, should be treated within an hour for the best results, and even less urgent dental emergencies, like a toothache, should be treated as soon as possible.
Then, recover your missing tooth or dental work (if applicable). A tooth should be rinsed with warm water and replaced in its socket, or placed into a small container of cold milk. Dental work should be recovered, rinsed, and put in a small plastic bag.
We have some advice on what to do in the meantime if you’ve suffered a dental injury:
- Avulsed (knocked out) tooth – First, find your tooth! If you’re able to find it and see the doctor in time, we might be able to save your tooth. Once you find it, rinse it with water and try to replace it back in its socket. If you can’t replace it, keep it in a container or small resealable bag in some milk or your own saliva. Do not let it dry out.
- Broken tooth – If you’re bleeding, use sterile gauze and pressure to clot the blood. Avoid eating and drinking, as your teeth may be extra sensitive to hot and cold substances.
- Loose tooth – There are a couple of reasons why your tooth may be loose. If you’ve sustained an injury. Try to keep your tooth in place. Don’t touch or wiggle it. Just leave it alone until you can see your doctor. If you haven’t had an injury and have noticed a loose tooth or teeth over time, you might have Periodontal Disease. Make an appointment with Dr. Schof as soon as possible for an exam and a treatment plan.
If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, and bleeding, do what you can to treat these issues until your appointment. Use clean cotton balls or sterile gauze to absorb blood, which should stop after about an hour or two.
Discomfort and swelling can be treated, to some extent, with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Do not use aspirin, as this can interfere with the blood clotting process.
Ice can also be applied externally to the mouth, as it helps reduce swelling and mitigates pain. Do not apply ice directly to the injury site, only to the cheek and exterior of the face.
Once you’ve dealt with the primary symptoms of a dental injury or emergency, make sure you come to Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence as soon as you can, to get the proper treatment for your dental issue.
Take Care Of The Pain
In any case, you’ll want to ease the pain of your dental injury right away. Ibuprofen can reduce swelling and pain. You can apply if it helps, but only to the outside of the mouth. Do not put ice directly on the injury. This could cause more damage than comfort.
Come In For Emergency Appointments At Any Time – Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence
At our office, we always have time set aside for emergency appointments and walk-ins. Dr. Charles Schof knows how important it is to get fast treatment for your oral injury or another dental emergency.
So contact us now at (985) 237-1458 to let us know that you’re coming in, or feel free to walk into our office at 240 Dalwill Drive Mandeville, LA 70471, if your case is urgent and you can’t call in advance. We’re always here to help, and will fit you in as soon as we can.
Good explanations of options, good job of checking in on me as a patient so I'm not just an object. They offer a credit plan with no interest for a year. Small, consistent staff are welcoming.
I have been seeing Dr Schof and his staff for years. My care has always been excellent. His attention to detail and cosmetic results are great. And he and his staff have always been wonderful with my dental anxiety!
His office always runs on time. They are very respectful of your time. His staff is top notch and Dr Schof is excellent. Highly recommend!
The best experience I have ever had at a Dentist office! The staff make you feel comfortable and above all Dr. Schof made me feel like I was the most important patient.
Kudos to Dr. Schof and his wonderful staff as they make dental care a pleasant experience. I had an old filling taken out today and a new crown put on, all in one visit! It fits perfectly and I don't have to go back for another fitting!
Always a good experience. Dr. Schof and his staff are very responsive to your needs, professional and caring.