Dental emergencies never happen on your schedule. At Elite Dental LLC in West St. Paul, MN, we offer same-day emergency appointments and flexible care to give you the necessary treatment as soon as possible. Prompt dental care is vital in a dental emergency to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental health and any damaged oral structures.
Signs of a Dental Emergency
Some dental emergencies are more apparent than others. Dental trauma, knocked-out teeth, cracks, chips, and other visible damage should be treated immediately. However, even subtle and less visible problems are also considered emergencies. Issues like damaged or missing dental work, broken restorations like crowns, dentures or missing fillings, and persistent toothaches are all common oral injuries that may require urgent attention.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Toothaches are common, and most of them go away on their own. You can try rinsing with warm salt water, use pain medication, or apply an ice pack to reduce the pain. If these first-aid measures are not working and you are still experiencing severe pain, it is time to seek emergency care.
If you notice some amount of bleeding from your gums after brushing and flossing, it is usually a sign of early-stage gum disease. And while you need to have this condition treated, it's not considered an emergency. However, if your gums won't stop bleeding and are accompanied by swelling and pain, it calls for emergency help.
If your jaw gets swollen without any reason, it could indicate an infection or some other condition that needs to be treated at the earliest.
If your tooth gets knocked out or comes loose, it is considered a dental emergency. If your tooth is loose, take extra precaution not to chew on it or do anything else that could make you lose it entirely before availing of professional help. If your tooth has come loose already, it is still possible to save it. Hold the tooth without touching the root, rinse it with clean water, and, if possible, reinsert it into the socket. And if you are not able to do that, place the tooth in a cup of milk and bring it to our office immediately. We may be able to salvage the tooth with specific treatments.
If a filling goes missing, it is easy for the remaining tooth to break, exposing the tooth's nerves. Exposed nerves can not only be distressing; they can also result in other oral health problems that establish an emergency.
A broken crown is also considered to be an emergency. Losing a crown can leave the remaining tooth structure underneath at risk of further damage and possible infection. If left untreated, the tooth may require a root canal or even be extracted.
In case of dental emergencies, visit our office, Elite Dental LLC, at 7300 147th St W #108, West St. Paul, MN. You can also reach us at (952) 432-1716 and schedule a same-day appointment.