Sometimes our lives are strategically planned like a game of chess, and sometimes accidents happen when you least expect them. You can prepare yourself for emergencies by knowing who to call at that moment, instead of feeling frazzled and discouraged.
What is a Dental Emergency?
The dentists at River Birch Dental know exactly how to handle dental emergencies of all types, so you can feel confident when calling us to relieve your pain and solve your dental emergency.
Types of emergencies we can treat include:
- Cracked, chipped, or broken tooth
- Abscessed tooth
- Severe toothache
- Knocked out tooth
- Tooth mobility
- Jaw pain
- Damage to a restoration procedure such as a crown
If you’re unsure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call and we’ll get you in as soon as we can. We’ll provide you with information on what to do while you wait for a non-emergency appointment.
Each patient’s toothache symptoms are unique. They can be mild or severe, short-lived or long-lasting. The source of a dental problem, as well as the patient’s pain tolerance, daily habits, and overall health, significantly affects how dental pain feels and how rapidly it increases.
Toothaches can occur when your teeth are sensitive to biting or chewing. Hot or icy foods can also create a sharp pain and cause a toothache. The best treatment for an escalating toothache is to schedule a dental visit shortly after the onset of pain. That way you can see one of our dentists before your toothache becomes an emergency.
If your pain is unbearable and you can’t sleep through the night or carry out your regular activities due to pain, your toothache is considered an emergency.
Cracked, Chipped, and Broken Teeth
Cracks in teeth aren’t always visible to the naked eye; only an x-ray will reveal them. Some cracks appear in the enamel, and some are deep, penetrating to a tooth’s core. Significant tooth cracks can lead to a broken tooth, in which the crown of a tooth breaks off, leaving the root in its socket.
A broken tooth is always an emergency. Depending on the severity of a cracked tooth, treatment may involve placing a crown or extraction and replacement of the tooth. To determine whether your tooth crack requires emergency dentistry, ask yourself if the pain will keep you from sleeping through the night. If the answer is no, call our office for an appointment.
When a chip is large enough to damage the dentin or pulp of a tooth, a toothache instantly occurs, and emergency dentistry is the best option. Substantial chips may require treatment with a crown or, in severe cases, tooth extraction.
To maintain healthy occlusion and jawbone density, our dentists always advise replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant if possible.
Mobile or Knocked-Out Tooth
We expect children’s primary teeth to naturally loosen and fall out, because they will be followed by a set of permanent teeth. Once permanent teeth have developed, any motion in a tooth is cause for concern. There are two primary causes of tooth mobility– gum disease and injury. Our dentists treat both.
Gum disease sets in overtime, and it will be detected at a patient’s biannual checkups and cleanings. If you haven’t visited our office for a preventative dental visit in the last six months, we recommend to schedule one now. We can assess your loose tooth and determine whether gum disease is the cause.
Injuries to the jaw and teeth can result in one or more teeth being completely dislodged. If you’re in a situation where your tooth is knocked out, contact us for emergency dental care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the tooth and soak it in your saliva or in some milk. Keep the tooth submerged in a safe container and avoid handling it by its roots. Lastly, place a clean, moist cloth in your mouth and bite down to help stop bleeding.
Contact our office immediately by calling (715) 646-2161. If you want to have your tooth reinserted, it’s vital that you see your dentist immediately. Depending on the damage, we can replace your dislodged tooth.
Sometimes you’re unable to prevent an emergency from happening, and sometimes you can take cautious steps ahead of time to ensure a positive outcome. Visiting your dentist for regular checkups will help to catch any problem areas before they require more complex treatments.
If you’re leaving the country or taking an extended trip out of town, you’ll want to visit our Centuria location so that we can examine your oral health and help prevent any surprises or emergencies while you’re away.
In addition to any recommendations given by our friendly staff, it’s essential that you continue brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. If you participate in sports, wear a mouthguard for protection.
There are times when a trip to the emergency room is more appropriate than a trip to the dentist. For uncontrolled bleeding or a broken jaw, go to the emergency room. On the other hand, a chipped tooth often causes no pain and doesn’t require emergency dentistry. Small chips usually need cosmetic correction with dental bonding.
If you’re unsure if what you’re experiencing is a dental emergency, contact our office by calling (715) 646-2161. We’ll provide you with information on the next steps to take.
If your toothache isn’t an emergency, there are a few steps you can take to ease the pain. You’ll want to:
- Rinse your mouth with a saline solution
- Take over-the-counter pain medications
- Use a cold compress
- Try over-the-counter gels to numb the nearby areas
If your pain persists or escalates, give us a call and we’ll get to the bottom of it.
Local Towns We Serve
Forest Lake, Marine on St. Croix, Scandia, Stillwater, Rice Lake, Chisago City, St. Croix Falls, Lindstrom, North Branch, Wyoming, New Richmond, Balsam Lake, Somerset, Osceola, Dresser, Center City, Taylors Falls, Shafer, Milltown, Amery, Grantsburg, Luck, Turtle Lake, Frederic, Siren, Cushing