Emergency Dental Services in Plymouth, MN

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Emergency Dental Services in Plymouth, MN

Emergency Dental Services in Plymouth, MN

For such a small part of the body, your teeth and gums have a big impact. For instance, you need your teeth to say the word “tooth”! Healthy teeth and gums affect speaking, eating, and smiling. With routine oral care at home and regularly scheduled exams, you can protect your pearly whites from dental emergencies.

Even with good care, the unexpected can happen (and it does!). If you’re worried by the lightning-bolt of pain you just felt in your back molar, take comfort: not all tooth pain poses an immediate risk to your health or safety. In fact, many over-the-counter products sold at your local pharmacy can help alleviate tooth pain until you can be seen.

Below are some helpful products to consider for minor urgent tooth pain:

  • If you need some if a filling or a crown fell out, use temporary dental filling material from the drug store

  • If you need to numb the pain, use an oral anesthetic that numbs pain

  • If you want to reduce pain and swelling, use ice packs, acetaminophen or ibuprofen

  • Natural remedies are cloves, clove oil and essential oils

  • Keep in mind that these are short term fixes until you are seen by a dentist

For the instances in which you say, “I need some help, and I need it now!” Life Smiles offers emergency dental services.

Call us RIGHT AWAY if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Toothache that is not relieved with over the counter pain medications

  • Pain that is increasing in frequency, duration or frequency

  • Moderate or severe pain on biting foods (hard or soft food)

  • Toothache is keeping you from sleeping well

  • A bump, like a pimple, on your gums next to a tooth

  • A sore that doesn't heal within one week

  • Pain to cold that lingers for more than one minute

  • Tooth breakage that exposes the nerve

  • Loss of a permanent tooth

  • Pain that is causing a headache

  • Pain that starts in one area and spreads to another area

  • Accidental loss of a baby tooth

  • Toothaches that include swelling and fever

  • Pain that is happening for more than one day

The symptoms above are considered dental emergencies, because the risk of infection or severe inflammation of the nerve could lead to more serious complications. If you want to learn more about emergency dental services, read below.

Toothaches

Toothaches might cause either localized or radiating pain that you feel in your teeth, jaw, ears, neck or face. Your teeth may feel sensitive to heat and cold, and your discomfort might range from mild to severe. Until you can make an appointment with us and be seen, over-the-counter products mentioned above can help reduce sensitivity, pain and swelling. Additionally, a homemade mouth rinse of salt water can provide soothing relief. Just mix half a teaspoon of salt with an 8-ounce cup of warm water.

You should seek emergency dental services if your toothache includes symptoms such as fever, chills, gum bleeding, a bad smell or swelling in the face or lymph nodes. These signs may signify an abscessed tooth in need of immediate medical attention. If you experience more serious issues, including difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should call 911 or seek emergency care at the hospital.

Tooth Breakage

Your teeth can break or fracture for a variety of reasons that include injury, decay, or poorly fitted crown. If your tooth breakage does not result in pain or sensitivity, there’s reason to sigh in relief! Though the break might not look pretty, Life Smiles can smooth sharp edges and restore any cosmetic damages.

You should seek emergency dental services if your tooth cracks or fractures, which includes painful cracks or fractures near the nerve. Significant damage requires immediate dental attention in order to prevent infection and ensure your tooth stays healthy. It is important to contact us for emergency dental care if you experience symptoms of infection such as fever or swelling.

If you need to alleviate pain and swelling due to tooth breakage, ice packs, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help. You can also soothe your tooth by gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. If needed, protect your tongue and cheeks from sharp edges by covering the breakage with temporary dental filling. You can protect yourfrom pain by avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures, sugar, and pressure.

Lost Permanent Tooth

If your permanent tooth is knocked out, you should seek emergency dental services immediately. Your prompt response to a lost tooth can improve the chances of successful re-implantation. If you lost a permanent tooth, take the following steps:

  • Take care not to damage the soft tissue at the root.

  • Handle your tooth by the crown instead. The crown is the white part of your tooth that your ordinarily see above the gum.

  • Clear debris from the tooth with your saliva or a brief wash of warm water.

  • Insert the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to do so, store the tooth in cow’s milk. Cow’s milk can help preserve the root until you receive emergency dental support.

  • Contact Life Smiles for emergency dental services as soon as possible. The sooner we can re-implant your tooth, the more likely we can save it.

Manage pain or swelling from your lost tooth by applying an ice pack or taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Gum and Tooth Abscesses

Gum and tooth abscesses can feel excruciatingly painful. They form most often from infections due to decay, tooth breakage, or gum disease. An abscess can forms around the infected root of your tooth or in the tissue between your tooth and gum. If you think you have an abscess, contact us for immediate treatment. An untreated infection can spread rapidly from your tooth to other parts of your body and pose a threat to your health and safety.

Symptoms of an abscessed tooth include significant pain that radiates through your jaw, neck or face. You may experience swelling in addition to the pain, as well as fever or chills. Sometimes, an abscess will produce an open sore in the mouth with bitter-tasting drainage. You may also notice persistent bad breath or bleeding of the gums.  Some people will notice pus draining from a bump on their gums next to a tooth which is another sign of an infection.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to seek emergency dental care from Life Smiles. If your symptoms include difficulty breathing or swallowing, call 911 or seek medical support from an emergency room.

Lost Baby Tooth

If your little one unexpectedly loses a tooth, contact Life Smiles for support. Extra considerations should be made for a lost baby tooth, since baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth below.  As noted above with the loss of a permanent tooth, quick treatment is important.


Life Smiles Cares

At Life Smiles, we are mindful that dental emergencies might cause extra feelings of stress, fear or pain. In the midst of the unexpected, you can expect professional and compassionate emergency dental care. Make an appointment below