Unexpected dental emergencies and oral injuries can be painful and uncomfortable to deal with. They can happen at any time and often need immediate treatment in order to keep the integrity of your teeth.
Bismarck Advanced Dental And Implants offer high-quality emergency dental services for patients in North Dakota. No matter what dental emergency you are experiencing, we will take care of you and are open for appointments, no matter the time of day.
Types Of Dental Emergencies
In case you are not sure what classifies as a dental emergency, Bismarck dental has some that we classify in our office as needing urgent attention.
Broken Filling: Fillings help to protect your teeth from more cavities and protect their chewing ability. If you have lost a filling or damaged a filling or veneer, your dentist will discuss options to make sure your oral health stays in check.
This may not be as urgent as some other issues, but if left untreated for too long, infection and more cavities can occur. A dentist will work to repair or replace the filling.
Missing Tooth: If you have knocked out a tooth or one has fallen out, you should find a dentist immediately. Because everything in your mouth is connected, after one tooth is removed, it is easier for others to shift or fall out as well. If acting quickly, you may find that the tooth can be saved and restored to its original position.
Dental emergencies also can come with a lot of blood, so acting fast to prevent loss of blood is crucial.
Broken/Chipped Tooth: It is common for people to experience a broken or chipped tooth, but the best course of action is to visit a dentist so that they can restore the integrity of the tooth. Often, the crack or chip can be repaired (especially if you have a broken piece) but sometimes the emergency will result in extraction.
Out Of Position Tooth: A less common emergency is when your tooth has been jostled and moved but is still in your mouth. You can try to gently push the tooth back into alignment, and bite down to keep it in place, but this is not a permanent solution. Contacting a dentist could be the difference between losing the tooth entirely or saving it, so treat this condition as soon as possible.
Something Is Stuck In Teeth: A piece of food or object stuck in your teeth is most likely not a dental emergency, but if you have made valuable efforts to remove it, to no avail, it can become more serious. If the object is causing pain or inflammation then it can become an emergency situation. Removing the object with dental floss is a great place to start, but if you can not remove the stuck particle, it is time to contact a dentist.
Severe Toothache: Most toothaches are not severe and can be looked at during a routine visit to the dentist. Other times, it can be a sign that there is a bigger problem at hand. If you have taken steps to remedy the problem but the pain remains, then contacting an emergency dentist can be beneficial.
Cold compresses can be helpful to reduce inflammation, but avoid heat as this can cause gum damage. Depending on the cause of your toothache, the dentist may provide a filling or a root canal.
Abscess Tooth: This dental emergency can be extremely painful. Abscesses can be dangerous if left untreated and lead to infection of the nerves in your teeth. Cavities and tooth decay can play a role in abscesses since leaving it causes bacteria to grow and spread deeper into your tooth.
Some common symptoms of abscess are fever, foul breath, pain when chewing, and redness of gums. If you suspect an abscess in your tooth, you need to be tended to immediately to ensure that the infection does not spread.
Broken Jaw: A blow to the head is usually the cause of a broken jaw. This is serious in and of itself but other injuries can be present that could be life-threatening. If you experience a broken jaw it is better to seek treatment at a hospital immediately to avoid irreparable damage.
What To Expect From The Dentist
If your dentist offers emergency services, you should contact them first, even if it is after hours. If you can not find services with your regular dentist there may be others in the area that will take your insurance and handle the emergency with urgency.
If dental emergencies are not covered on your dental plan, you may expect higher costs. Some dental emergencies are just better handled in the ER to keep your tooth alignment and physical health intact.
Dental Emergencies With Bismarck
Our office is a reliable source for dental emergencies in North Dakota. We offer services to fit all of our patients’ individual needs.
Besides emergency services Bismarck Advanced, Dental And Implants offer dentures, bone grafting, single-tooth implants, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, sinus augmentation, and more. We are American Dental Association and North Dakota Dental Association members and take our work very seriously. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.