Emergency Dental Care in Las Cruces, NM
Have you recently experienced an injury that caused your tooth to break or even fall out? Dental emergencies are unpredictable and can result in serious consequences if not taken care of immediately. However, Dr. Borham offers emergency dental care for his patients.
Injuries can occur at any time, so don’t hesitate to call Dr. Borham, your late-night dentist, if you’re in urgent need of dental care. Whether you’re suffering from severe tooth pain or notice that your crown has become loose, we’re here to fix your damaged smile and ease your pain.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
In order for Dr. Borham to save your tooth and eliminate your pain as quickly as possible, we recommend that you call as soon as your tooth is injured. You can reach him at (575) 323-1879 to explain your situation. He’ll either have you come in to have your tooth fixed or give you additional instructions.
If you can’t get ahold of Dr. Borham for any reason or your dental emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or visit your local hospital immediately.
Financing Your Emergency Dental Care
Our goal is to make even your unexpected dental visits as stress-free as possible, so we offer a variety of payment options. You’ll be able to pay for your emergency dental care using cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards. We’ll bill your insurance on file if you prefer to cover the service that way.
If you can’t pay for your treatment at the time of the service, CareCredit is a great option that allows you to pay for it over a period of six to 24 months.
Emergency Tooth Extractions & Oral Surgery
At Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry, we do our best to keep your natural teeth healthy and beautiful. However, if a tooth becomes cracked, broken, or lose, the only option may be to extract it. If necessary, Dr. Borham will perform a same-day tooth extraction to prevent your gums and other teeth from becoming infected or damaged as well.
Before we extract your tooth, we’ll provide you with an anesthetic to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process. Having your tooth extracted will relieve any pressure or pain you were feeling after your injury.
Emergency Fillings & Crowns Repair
Fillings and crowns don’t always last forever and can become loose or fall out. This can occur when you bite down on something too hard or if the tooth becomes decayed. Luckily, we offer emergency tooth fillings and crowns.
If you notice damage to your restoration, call Dr. Borham immediately. Until you can make it to our office, do your best to keep the restoration and the area around it clean.
Emergency Root Canal Therapy
Are you experiencing pain shooting through your tooth? If so, it could be a sign of a serious problem, and we recommend you contact us right away. It’s possible that you’re in need of an emergency root canal.
This treatment is used to restore teeth that are severely decayed. In order for Dr. Borham to save your tooth, he’ll remove all the bacteria in your tooth and its roots. The tooth will be filled a dental material and sometimes covered with a crown to make sure it remains healthy.
If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain on Saturday or Sunday, contact Dr. Borham at his emergency number to learn about his weekend root canal availability.
Emergency Dental Implants and Dentures Care
Just like your natural teeth, tooth replacements such as dental implants and dentures can become damaged, too. An accident can cause them to become loose or broken, and bacteria can cause the gums around them to develop an infection.
Dentures that don’t fit well can cause pain as well as oral health issues, so it’s essential to contact us if you notice anything different about the way your dentures look or feel. Dr. Borham may have you schedule a same-day appointment so he can fix them as soon as possible.
Dental implants have a high success rate, but it’s possible to experience complications after the procedure. While dentists do their best to keep your mouth bacteria-free during your implant surgery, these tiny particles sometimes find their way into the implant site and cause infection.
Your gums contain multiple nerves and blood vessels that can be damaged if they experience trauma. This may result in tingling or temporary to permanent loss of feeling in parts of your jaw. However, if you experience consistent mouth pain after your dental implants have healed, contact Dr. Borham to schedule a check-up. He’ll evaluate your implants and eliminate your discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's considered a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can occur suddenly or worsen over time. If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth, you may be in need of immediate care. Contact us if any of the following issues occur:
- Cracked teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Extreme mouth pain
- Facial swelling
- Bumps or knots on your gums
- Bleeding in the mouth
What do I do in case of a dental emergency?
Dental injuries or infections can be painful, so knowing how to deal with them can minimize the feeling until you’re able to get proper care. It’s essential that you give us a call right away at 575-523-5589 so that Dr. Borham can examine you as soon as possible.
Until you can come into our office, we recommend applying a warm compress to the area of your face that is swollen or causing pain. If you crack a tooth or notice your mouth is bleeding, rinse it out with warm salt water to eliminate bacteria.
Is a cracked tooth a dental emergency?
A cracked tooth is considered a dental emergency and should be treated as soon as possible. While it might not be painful at first, the tooth will become susceptible to decay and further damage as time goes on.
Is an abscess a dental emergency?
A dental abscess means that your tooth is infected and is considered a dental emergency. The bacteria can quickly spread to surrounding teeth as well as your gums and jawbone. Dr. Borham will need to remove the abscessed area and restore the tooth with the necessary restoration.
Is losing a crown a dental emergency?
A lost crown isn’t always a dental emergency, but Dr. Borham may want to evaluate your situation over the phone if this occurs. Lost crowns may lead to tooth sensitivity, but don’t put your tooth at direct risk for immediate damage.
We may recommend that you simply keep that area of your mouth clean and store the crown in a safe place until we can see you.
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
We’re all at risk for having a tooth knocked out. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year! If we know how to handle this emergency situation, we may be able to actually save the tooth. Teeth that are knocked out may be possibly reimplanted if we act quickly, yet calmly, and follow these simple steps:
Locate the tooth and handle it only by the crown (chewing part of the tooth), NOT by the roots.
DO NOT scrub or use soap or chemicals to clean the tooth. If it has dirt or debris on it, rinse it gently with your own saliva or whole milk. If that is not possible, rinse it very gently with water.
Get to a dentist within 30 minutes. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for successful reimplantation.
Ways to transport the tooth
Try to replace the tooth back in its socket immediately. Gently bite down on gauze, a wet tea bag or on your own teeth to keep the tooth in place. Apply a cold compress to the mouth for pain and swelling as needed.
If the tooth cannot be placed back into the socket, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of your saliva or whole milk. You can also place the tooth under your tongue or between your lower lip and gums. Keep the tooth moist at all times. Do not transport the tooth in a tissue or cloth.
Consider buying a “Save-A-Tooth” storage container and keeping it as part of your home first aid kit. The kit is available in many pharmacies and contains a travel case and fluid solution for easy tooth transport.
The sooner the tooth is replaced back into the socket, the greater the likelihood it has to survive and possibly last for many years. So be prepared, and remember these simple steps for saving a knocked-out tooth.
You can prevent broken or knocked-out teeth by:
Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports
Always wearing your seatbelt
Avoid chewing hard items such as ice, popcorn kernels, hard breads, etc.
Contact Dr. Borham with Your Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are unpredictable but can cause serious damage if left untreated. If you ARE a patient of record, contact Dr. Borham at (575) 323-1879 if you experience severe tooth pains or any notice any issues with your restorations. His patients are his top priority, and he’ll have your damaged teeth fixed quickly. If you are NOT a patient of record, contact the office at 575-523-5589.