What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but also can be caused by infection. To ensure the best possible outcome, a dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.
How soon can I be seen?
We offer same-day emergency services for most conditions Monday-Thursday 8-5
After Hours Emergencies:
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma or lost teeth. please call our office number (701) 852-3222. Listen to the message to get an emergency number to call. Leave a message if no answer. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
What to do if a tooth is knocked out:
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket in the mouth, or place it in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist. DO NOT touch the root of the tooth (handle the tooth only by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth!! Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment- the sooner the tooth is back in the socket, the more likely we can save your tooth.
For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us for instructions. You might also call the Tooth Fairy after talking to us.
Other Emergency Dental Situations:
– Substantial toothache
– Swollen Gums or Face
-Broken Teeth with Substantial Discomfort
-Broken Fillngs with Substantial Pain
If you can’t get into our office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:
-Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums
-Over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or a combination of Ibuprofen and Tylenol (Do Not exceed the recommended daily dose of either.) Read and follow product labels for dosing and instructions. Do not take if you are allergic or have health conditions which keeps you from being able to take these medications.
-Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
-Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain
-Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity
-Heating Pads may be used for jaw pain
– Avoid Chewing in the injured area
– If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton or dental wax found in drug stores can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth
Pain-Free Emergencies: Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the listed conditions need attention, whether or not pain is present.
We are here to help. We urge you to call us at the first sign of a dental emergency.