Dr. Davidson and our team at STAR Dental are glad that they’re a trusted resource and care provider for patients who are in need of emergency dentistry. Whether you just knocked-out one of your permanent teeth or you have a severe toothache that won’t go away, you can trust that our professionals in Belle Plaine will provide you with the fast, pain-relieving treatment you require. If you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our office immediately so we can schedule an appointment for as soon as possible.
In the middle of a dental emergency, it can be difficult to act fast and think on your toes, especially if you’re in shock and pain. That’s why we recommend that all of our patients have our phone number programmed into their cell phone. Call us as soon as possible, and we can provide you with over-the-phone first aid guidance. We try to see all of our patients who are in pain the same day they call, so you won’t have to wait in discomfort and with heightened anxiety until you get the care you need. Below, we’ve provided some helpful tips on handling common emergencies until you reach our office.
Rinse and floss your mouth thoroughly in order to dislodge anything that might be causing the discomfort. If it persists, contact our office right away to schedule an emergency appointment.
If significant pieces have broken off, rinse them carefully and bring them with you to our practice for possible reattachment. In the meantime, using a cold compress can reduce any swelling that occurs.
Do you still have the tooth? Rinse off foreign debris carefully while taking care to leave any natural tissue intact. Then, if possible, place it back into its original socket and hold it in place. Alternatively, put the tooth in a cup or plastic bag of milk and bring it with you to our practice. There, we can determine whether reattachment is possible.
Your tooth will be more sensitive and vulnerable after losing its crown, but generally, no major problems should arise as long as the restoration is reattached soon enough. As a temporary solution, patients can place a little amount of denture cream or toothpaste on the crown and gently press it back in its original position. Then, contact our office right away to schedule a professional reattachment with Dr. Davidson.
Bleeding is typically common after some dental procedures and can usually be alleviated by applying pressure to the area with a piece of gauze. If the bleeding is unusually heavy or continues at the same pace after 10 minutes or more of pressure, contact our Duluth location right away for assistance.
Even though you can’t completely prevent a dental emergency from occurring, there are some ways you can drastically reduce your risk of experiencing one. These include:
Once we’ve examined your mouth and have determined the underlying problem that’s causing your pain, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan and walk you through it. Depending on the extent of the damage, the cost of your treatment can vary. Don’t worry, we’ll outline the cost of our recommended procedure in detail so you have all of the information you need to make a confident decision. We’re also happy to file insurance claims for patients with PPO plans and are proud to be an in-network provider with Delta Dental and Health Partners.