Dental emergencies can be frightening and painful. They also seem to happen when it is least convenient like during the Holidays. Often people are unsure of what to do during an emergency so we have put together some guidelines to help get you through.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
-Bleeding That Will Not Stop
-A Loose or Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Who should you contact?
Always remember to contact your dentist right away if you experience a dental emergency. In the case, your dentist’s office is closed and you are experiencing unbearable pain or bleeding that will not stop, it is best that you go straight to the emergency room.
What can you do at home during a dental emergency?
-Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of hot water and rinse out your mouth to relieve irritation and swelling.
-If the tooth has been knocked out, put it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist.
-Floss around the tooth if you are experiencing pain in one specific area. It could be possible something has gotten stuck between your teeth.
-Use a cold compress. This will help reduce swelling and numb irritation.
How to prevent dental emergencies?
-Brush and floss daily
-Avoid foods that are tough or very chewy
-Visit your dentist regularly
Dental emergencies are never fun, but knowing how to handle them can help relieve pain, stress and possibly save a tooth! Again, if you experience a dental emergency please reach out to us right away so that we can help.
Toothaches can be very painful and are not uncommon. Symptoms can include sharp or dull pain in and around the tooth, bleeding from the gums, a facial rash, jaw pain, trouble chewing, and possibly even chest pain. Many people wonder if a toothache is something to be concerned about and what actions to take.
You should be concerned about a toothache when
-The toothache has lasted longer than 1-2 days
-The toothache is causing severe pain
-You are experiencing a fever or chills
-You have an earache, or pain when you open your mouth
Many things can cause a toothache. What might be causing the pain?
-Gum Disease- Gingivitis is a cause of not practicing good oral hygiene. The gums can become swollen and begin to bleed causing pain around the tooth. Make sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid this issue.
-Abscessed Tooth- When a tooth is left untreated it can become infected and begin to swell causing severe pain. This is a serious problem that should be discussed with your dentist immediately.
-Tooth Decay- A cavity or tooth decay can begin to cause pain in the tooth if left untreated. Left untreated this begins to cause pain in the tooth so make sure you schedule an appointment for a filling.
-Cracked Tooth- This is obvious, but having a cracked tooth can become very painful. Discuss with your dentist on options such as a root canal, on ways to fix cracked teeth.
-Allergy or Sinus Issues – When sick, your mucus lining can swell. This causes blockage in your nasal passages, which clogs your maxillary sinuses located in your cheekbones. When these get clogged, it traps bacteria in your mouth and can cause a toothache.
-Wisdom Teeth- If you are wondering if this might be the cause of your toothache, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with your dentist to confirm this is correct and what options are available.
What to do When You Have a Toothache
-Take a Painkiller
-Apply a Cold Compress
-Apply Numbing Gel
-Go to the Dentist
-Keep Your Teeth Clean
If you are currently experiencing tooth pain, contact us immediately. We will help assess the situation and determine what is causing the pain and what actions are needed to fix the problem.
At Nicollet Station Dental, we are dedicated to convenience, complete comfort, and dental health for all of our patients.
We offer convenient hours in order to accommodate all schedules. We are open 6 days a week and offer early morning, lunch hour, evening and weekend appointments.
Our patient’s comfort is important to us and we want your experience at our office to be enjoyable. We offer bottled water, a variety of coffees and teas, a comfortable reception area, televisions in the ceilings of every treatment room, pillows, blankets, and hot towels for freshening up after dental treatment.
We feel our patients deserve the best in dental health and we are proud to offer our patients the latest technology that dentistry has to offer.
-Digital x-rays reduce radiation and give instant diagnostic radiographs.
-Intra-oral cameras allow you to see what your dentist sees on an overhead monitor.
-Diagnodent laser instruments help detect decay that is not visible on an x-ray or clinically.
-Televisions above each dental chair, nitrous oxide gas, and headphones are available to help your time in our office fly by.
For available appointment times, request an appointment online, call us at 612-338-5557, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond right away!
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth and is used to cover the tooth in order to restore its strength, shape and size as well as the overall appearance of the tooth. Crowns are made of porcelain or gold and cover the tooth completely to strengthen severely compromised teeth. When the crown is put into place it fully encompasses the visible portion of a tooth above the gum line.
You might need a crown if you have the following:
-Failed silver fillings
-Cracks or fractures
-History of root canal therapy
Crowns can also be used to:
-Protect a weak tooth from breaking
-Cover discolored or badly shaped teeth/implants.
It is our primary concern at Nicollet Station Dental to help keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. During the initial consultation or dental exam, we will find out what a patient’s goals and concerns are for their smile. We will take the time to discuss what’s best for you and if a crown is the best solution for achieving those goals.
Call and schedule an appointment today! 612-338-5557