Emergency Dentist – St. Peter, MN
Quality and Comforting Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can turn the best days into a traumatic experience. The problem is that they are impossible to prepare for, but it does help if you know what to do in the event that one occurs. At Valley View Dental, Dr. Jennifer Miller and her team provides the quality dental care that you need, right when you need it. With numerous services at the ready, we will provide you with comfort and relief in the event of a dental emergency. Read on to learn what you should do when dental disaster strikes.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
There are typically two types of dental emergencies: infection that is caused by poor oral hygiene or sudden injury/trauma to the face. We can treat both types of these emergencies when you get to our practice, but it’s important that you know what to do in the meantime:
Toothaches can be incredibly painful, and they can come out of nowhere. First, try flossing around the area because sometimes relief can be as simple as removing some debris. If your pain persists, contact our office right away. You may need a root canal to remove the infected or decayed dental pulp inside of your tooth. In other cases, we may prescribe antibiotics to rid infection.
If you crack or chip a tooth, try to pick up the pieces and keep them safe. Apply gauze to the affected area and you can use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. When you get to our office, we may be able to repair your tooth. However, if it is too damaged, we may have to extract it. Tooth extraction is always our last option, but sometimes it’s necessary to get our patients out of pain as soon as possible.
If your tooth gets knocked-out, grab it by the crown and rinse it off to avoid damaging its roots. If you can get into our office soon enough, we may be able to successfully replant your tooth. Until then, try to put it back in your socket, holding it place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, store it in water or milk to keep it moist.
A lost crown or filling can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inside portion of your tooth. You can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to cover your tooth or even reattach your crown/filling until you can come into our office for treatment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, but there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of one occurring:
- Maintain a daily brushing and flossing routine to keep your teeth healthy.
- Schedule appointments for routine checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools.
- Only use your teeth to chew and speak.
- Avoid chewing on hard items like ice cubes or nutshells.
- Avoid poor lifestyle habits like regular tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there are such a wide-range of dental emergencies, the cost can vary greatly. Some problems can be treated with simple antibiotics, while others may need more extensive dental work. The only way to provide you with a precise estimate is to visit our office. Dr. Miller will carefully examine your mouth to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes cost. We are in-network with multiple major insurance providers and even have financing options if you don’t have a plan.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
When a dental emergency strikes, the last thing you want to deal with is confusion on what to do. Obviously, the first thing you should do is call your emergency dentist in Allen. However, we often get asked a lot of other questions about emergencies. For this reason, we’ve taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry down below.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Any time you experience any type of pain or trauma in your mouth, it’s best to treat it as a dental emergency. Even if you’re confident that it’s nothing, you should probably err on the side of caution and call us anyway to get it looked at. Most dental problems do not go away on their own, and actually worsen the longer you ignore them. If your problem involved continual bleeding, a broken or dislocated jaw, or swelling that impacts your ability to breathe, you should head to your local emergency room instead of our office.
How Can I Manage the Pain?
Depending on your pain tolerance, you might need a solution to temporarily alleviate your discomfort until you can reach our office. There are a few options that can help, like:
- Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Topical pain reliever like Orajel
- Ice pack to reduce both pain and swelling
Keep in mind that just because you are able to manage your pain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule an appointment with us right away to determine what’s causing it.
Why Is It Important That I Have a Dental Emergency Treated Right Away?
While every dental emergency is different, many of them can result in long-term oral health problems if you don’t get them dealt with in a timely manner. To prevent this from occurring, it’s better to be safe than sorry and see us to treat your toothache, broken or dislodged tooth, or lost restoration.
If you leave your dental emergency untreated, it can lead to an infection that warrants root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction. Missing teeth can result in a whole host of oral health problems down the line, so you want to avoid that at all costs. In addition, since most dental emergencies have some degree of pain associated with them, you should visit us as soon as you can to get that pain dealt with.
What If I Have a Dental Emergency While I’m Traveling?
First things first, try not to panic. Find a dentist in the area who can treat the immediate problem. That way you can at least enjoy the rest of your vacation and remain pain-free. When that is over and done with, give us a call to schedule an appointment as soon as you return home. We can then determine whether additional treatment is needed.