Was your tooth just knocked out?
Is a severe toothache ruining your life?
Is your child complaining of tooth pain?
When a dental emergency strikes, nothing else matters! Oral pain can put your entire routine on hold and keep you from living your life. No one should have to suffer through a severe toothache, not when help is just a phone call away. At River Birch Dental, we are the phone call that will be your emergency dental solution!
Are you having a dental emergency? Call us right away for an urgent appointment at River Birch Dental. We provide same-day or within-24-hours appointments for dental emergencies. Call us at 715-646-2161 for an emergency dentist.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies may come on slowly, such as with a toothache that starts intermittently—or all at once. The important thing to remember is that pain is always a sign that you should get yourself to a dentist as soon as possible.
Common emergencies include:
- A broken or dislodged crown or filling
- A knocked-out tooth
- A deep crack or fracture to a tooth
- Swollen or painful gums
Dental Emergencies Don’t Go Away on Their Own
For most bodily aches and pains, “wait and see” is a good approach to treatment. We often give minor illnesses and injuries three days to get better before we see a doctor; a twisted ankle or mild earache may resolve itself on its own. Teeth, however, are very different.
Tooth enamel does not have any self-healing mechanisms, as the rest of your body does. This means tooth pain will not go away on its own. Toothaches are often indicative of deep cavities, which will only worsen until too much of the tooth has been damaged to save it. The faster you get yourself to a dentist, the greater the chance we will have of preserving your tooth with a root canal treatment and/or crown.
Similarly, a broken or dislodged crown will not re-bond itself to your tooth, given time. Beneath a crown or filling, your natural tooth has had enamel removed, which means it is more vulnerable to bacterial damage and sensitivity. Having your dental work repaired or replaced is an urgent necessity, lest your tooth become further damaged beyond our ability to repair it.
When to Go to a Hospital
There are some cases in which you should skip the dentist and go straight to an urgent care facility.
- If you have been in an accident and have a bleeding wound.
- If you have hit your head.
- If your toothache is accompanied by fever and swelling.
If you may have an injury that requires medical care, saving your tooth always comes after saving your life! Visit an emergency facility first, and call us after you have been seen by a doctor. Even a knocked-out tooth should wait if you are in need of stitches or evaluation after a possible head injury.
If you have not been injured but your toothache is accompanied by fever or facial swelling, this can indicate the presence of an abscess in the tissue near your tooth. If this describes your symptoms, this is a medical emergency as well as a dental emergency. An abscess indicates that infection from a decayed tooth has spread outside the tooth and may infect the body. Bacterial infection from an abscess has the potential to spread to the blood and major organs and has been known to cause serious illness and even death.
What to Do During a Dental Emergency
If you are experiencing severe pain, the following home-care may help ease your suffering until your appointment with an emergency dentist at River Birch Dental:
- Apply an ice-pack to the outside of the face (but not inside the mouth).
- Take over-the-counter painkillers at recommended dosages.
- Apply a small amount of eugenol (clove oil) to the tooth, if available. This is a natural anesthetic that can be found at drugstores.
- Avoid foods that require chewing, as well as hot and cold foods.
- Try to rest as much as possible.
- If your crown has come loose, gently try to put it back in place to protect the tooth and reduce pain.
- If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, put the tooth in a small container of milk and bite down on a clean cloth to control any bleeding. Do not wash the tooth, as it is sometimes possible to reattach a tooth if the connective tissues are intact.
Call River Birch Dental for an urgent appointment. We are the leading emergency dentist for the western Wisconsin area because we treat your emergency with the care you deserve. Call us at 715-646-2161 for an emergency appointment.