Saint Paul, MN Emergency Dentist
Emergencies are a frustrating part of life. A dental emergency can really make life miserable. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we want to know about it right away. Dental pain can indicate a serious infection. Damage to your teeth should be addressed promptly to repair the damage and prevent future problems.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Patients often call our office, unsure whether what they are experiencing is truly an emergency. We would much rather have you call and let us know what’s happening than suffer in silence. We will assess your concerns and determine whether you need an emergency appointment. In most cases, we are able to see dental emergencies the same day.
Your emergency appointment will focus on treating the immediate emergency and relieving your pain. We will then schedule you for a follow-up appointment to address other concerns and treat any issues that could help us prevent an emergency in the future.
These are some of the most common emergencies we see in our St. Paul dental office:
- Dental infections (abscesses)
- Lost fillings or other restorations
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Teeth that have been knocked loose or knocked out
- Injuries to soft tissues, such as lips, gums, or palate
It’s important to note that we are not equipped to handle general medical emergencies. If you have experienced an injury that may have broken a bone, you are bleeding heavily, or you lost consciousness, please go straight to the emergency room. We will happily treat your dental emergency once these needs have been addressed.
Care for Common Dental Emergencies
We will always do our best to get you in as soon as possible, but emergencies have a tendency to happen at inconvenient times. Whether you’re having dinner with friends and cracked a tooth on an unexpected olive pit or your daughter caught a fly ball with her mouth instead of her glove, you need care – or at least relief – right away.
If you experience an emergency after hours, call our regular office line and you’ll be provided with the number for the after-hours emergency line. None of these treatments should replace professional care, but in the meantime, try the following until you can be seen:
- If you have broken a tooth, find any pieces you can. To avoid swelling, use an ice pack against the cheek or lip closest to the affected tooth for twenty minutes at a time. If you are in pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Tooth pain without a clear origin often indicates an infection. Use dental floss to see if any food is stuck between your teeth. Rinse with warm salt water and try ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. You might have heard of applying aspirin directly to the inflamed area, but please don’t do this. This is an “old wives tale” and it could actually seriously injure your gum tissue.
- If a tooth has been knocked out, we will need to see you right away. There is a chance that we can reinsert and save the tooth. Find the tooth, clean it gently with running water, but do not scrub it or disturb any attached tissue. Try to put it back in its socket if you can, but don’t force it. If you can’t place the tooth in the socket, place it in a container with milk, salt water, or even your own saliva and bring it with you to our office.
- For a lost restoration, you can try an over-the-counter dental cement to replace the restoration until we can see you.
Call Right Away for an Emergency Appointment
If you are experiencing pain or having any other type of emergency, please don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here to help.