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Mark Tickle, DMD
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Emergencies

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We know that making decisions about your health and where you receive your family’s dental care are both important. Our knowledgeable team will be able to answer questions you have regarding treatment, benefits, and scheduling. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If yours is not on the list, give us a call! We are happy to help.

Dental Emergencies

Emergencies happen and we understand that. It most cases, we try to do same day treatment. Your time is valuable and we try to take advantage of your time while you are here. If the proceedure will be too involved, we make every effort to temporize the tooth and we will reappoint you when we have the proper amount of time to complete the proceedure and make sure it is done correctly.

When a tooth is avulsed the most important thing is keep it moist. Try very hard not to touch the root of the tooth. Wash off any dirt that is present with milk or a solution called "Save a Tooth." Once cleaned, try to gently re-insert the tooth back in the socket. If it will not go with light pressure, do not force it. Keep the tooth moist and call your dentist as soon as possible. The tooth will most likely need a root canal. That may be done at the time it is placed back in the socket, or it may be delayed for a few weeks to allow tissue to heal.

We know that dental emergencies can arise, and whether you are a new or existing patient, we will do our best to treat your emergency on the same day. Dental pain or a broken restoration can disrupt your life completely, and we are committed to treating you quickly and effectively. If you experience a dental emergency, call our office right away. We are happy to help.

Sometimes the best thing for your dental health is to extract a troubled tooth. Whether it has deep decay, cracks, or a serious infection, we can take care of most extractions right here in our Tuscaloosa, AL dental office. From baby teeth to wisdom teeth, we take your comfort seriously. We will make sure you are numb for your treatment so you don’t feel a thing. 

If you have a complex extraction and Dr. Mark Tickle believes a referral to an oral surgeon would be best for you, he will recommend a trusted local oral surgeon and make sure to coordinate your care so that you receive excellent continuity of care as well as effective and timely aftercare treatment.

If you have a dental emergency or suspect you require an extraction, call us right away. We will help you get back on track to great oral health!

We make every attempt to get you in the same day. In some cases we may be able to temporize you tooth and get you out of pain that day until a definitive solution can be done. However, most of the time we try to give you a permanent fix the day you call.

We gladly offer Laughing Gas to any patient who requests it. Laughing Gas is a great way to help you relax and lessen dental anxiety. You are able to drive home safely after you visit.

No. We strive to achieve complete anesthesia or "numbness." We will test the area before beginning to make sure everything feels good. We use state of the art equipment such as heat treated nickel titanium rotary files to ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. 

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