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Emergency Dentist – McComb, OH

Urgent Help for Patients in Need

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Sometimes, life throws unexpected, unpleasant situations at you—like a dental emergency. A severe toothache or a dental injury can be stressful if you don’t know where to turn for help. No matter what dental emergency you’re facing, you can trust our team at McComb Family Dental to get you back to full oral health as soon as possible. In fact, we recommend that you save our office’s phone number in your phone so that you are ready to give us a call if you find yourself in a dental emergency in the future.  

How to Handle Dental Emergencies

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Your first move should always be calling our practice to schedule an emergency appointment, but what should you do in the mean time? In many cases, you need to act quickly to give your smile the best chances of avoiding the need for more advanced treatment.


To make sure your toothache isn’t being caused by stuck food debris, floss around the affected tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water and use over-the-counter pain medication and a cold compress as needed to manage any pain or swelling. Often times, tooth pain results from decay that has reached the innermost layer of the tooth, necessitating a root canal.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Try to locate and gather the pieces of the broken tooth and bring them with you to our office. To prevent cuts from sharp edges of your injured tooth, cover it with dental wax or chewing gum. We will do our best to salvage your tooth, but keep in mind that if the damage is too extensive, we may need to extract the tooth completely.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A tooth that has come out entirely needs to be handled with care. Do not touch the root portion or remove any tissue that may still be attached. After rinsing it off with warm water, try to put the tooth back into the socket. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in between your cheek and gums or in a container of milk. Come to our office within an hour for the best chances of re-implanting the tooth.

Lost Filling or Crown

Although a lost restoration may not seem like a big deal initially, it can expose your vulnerable tooth to harmful bacteria and end in decay or an infection. To protect your tooth until you come for an appointment, avoid using that side of your mouth for chewing food. Rinse your mouth with warm water and, if possible, temporarily reattach the restoration with a dab of toothpaste.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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You can’t steer clear of all dental emergencies; however, many are preventable through simple actions, such as the following:

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily.
  • Visit McComb Family Dental every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Wear a mouthguard while playing sports, particularly those with contact (e.g., football, soccer, basketball).
  • Get a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
  • Find the right tool to open packaging so you don’t have to use your teeth.
  • Avoid chewing on hard things such as ice, pencils, fingernails, etc.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Each case is unique and therefore requires unique treatment. One patient may need a simple filling while another may undergo a root canal. We customize treatment to meet your specific needs, affecting the price you will need to pay.

If you’re contemplating delaying treatment in order to save money, remember that dental problems only get worse with time. Waiting to resolve the issue could mean more invasive treatment later on, costing you more money. When a dental emergency occurs, you can depend on McComb Family Dental to get your oral health back on track.

Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s

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If you’re wondering about dental emergencies, you’re not alone. At McComb Family Dental, we want our patients to have all of the information they need to stay safe and healthy. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Keep reading to satisfy your curiosity!

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

The most important step to take is first recognizing that you’re even having an emergency. When in doubt, it’s best to call our office and describe the problem. However, the easiest way to know that you’re affected by a dental emergency is if you’re experiencing pain that takes your focus away from your normal life. Examples of dental emergencies include broken teeth, toothaches, lost teeth, loose teeth, lost crowns, and other dental injuries that can occur. As soon as you notice a change in your smile, contact our emergency dentist right away.

When Should I Visit the ER?

It’s best to visit our office for a dental emergency because we specialize in oral health care, offering all the treatments you need to get out of pain and back to smiling. However, there are some cases that require an immediate trip to the ER. If you’ve experienced a jaw injury, problems with breathing, deep facial wounds, uncontrollable bleeding, or any other potentially life-threatening issues, you should visit an urgent care facility right away.

Can I Wait to Get Treatment?

Dental emergencies should be treated with ultimate urgency—you should never wait to get treatment. Unlike many medical issues that can get better with time, dental emergencies will only grow into something worse if left untreated. For example, needing a simple root canal for a toothache could turn into a complete extraction if you prolong treatment. Additionally, your pain and discomfort will likely only increase, which is why you should contact our office immediately if an emergency occurs.

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canals often have a bad reputation, but they get you out of pain rather than put you in it. This is one of the most important emergency services that we have to offer because it can successfully remove infected tissue in your tooth without having to extract it. This is required when you have a tooth infection, also known as a toothache. We must perform a root canal to prevent the spread of this infection and save your tooth.

What Can I Expect During Emergency Treatment?

Because there are such a wide range of emergencies that can occur, we have a variety of treatment options available. It’s difficult to know which treatment your smile will require, but we will always ensure that our patients are numb and comfortable before beginning. We also offer numerous patient comforts to make your visits more enjoyable, including sedation dentistry for a greater sense of relaxation. No matter the issue that is affecting your smile, we are ready to help.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!

269 Park Drive South, McComb, OH 45858 USA
Dr. Marion Arbogast DDS (419) 293-2335 (419) 293-2512