Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, but they always seem to strike when you are least expecting them – and completely unprepared.
Whatever the circumstances, you are in pain and need help. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment. 612-861-7109
Every case is unique. Some problems such as a chipped tooth may be treatable in a single visit. Some problems like a toothache caused by extensive decay or gum disease might require a more complex treatment. Whatever the situation may be, we will take steps to get you out of pain ASAP, and then proceed with further treatment if necessary.
Dental First Aid
You can minimize the pain, and sometimes prevent further damage, with a few simple first aid steps. If you have:
- Swelling – Use a cold compress on the affected area.
- Pain – Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, according to package directions. We recommend Ibuprofen (Advil,Motrin) and Acetaminophen (Extra Strength Tylenol) for pain management.
- Bleeding – Apply gentle pressure to the wound using a bit of sterile gauze. If the bleeding is severe, visit the hospital ER.
- Lost restorations – Denture adhesive or toothpaste can temporarily hold a crown or bridge in place.
- Knocked out tooth – Rinse your mouth and the tooth very gently, being careful not to damage any tissue still attached to the root. Place your tooth back in the socket, or in a container of milk, and bring it to the office with you.
In any situation call our office as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 for emergency care.