Dental Emergencies in Eagle River AK
Life sometimes has a way of throwing us curveballs.
Whether you woke up with throbbing pain in your tooth, you broke your crown biting on an olive pit, or you caught one of the aforementioned curveballs square in the face, you now have a dental emergency.
We can almost always handle dental emergencies on the same day. If you do happen to need assistance when the office is closed, call our line and we’ll give you after-hours instructions.
Please note: If you are experiencing an emergency that has caused severe bleeding, suspect a broken bone in your face, or are experiencing dizziness or nausea following a head injury, please head straight to the emergency room!
Common Dental Emergencies
We see a lot of dental emergencies, and they can take a lot of different forms. The bottom line is that if you are in pain, you are having an emergency. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and it should be addressed right away. If you simply aren’t sure whether you are having an emergency or whether you should wait, just give us a call and explain the situation. We’ll assess your current condition and let you know the best options.
Some of the most common reasons we see patients on an emergency basis include:
- Unexplained pain – This could be caused by decay that has hit the nerve or an undiagnosed infection.
- Abscess – This infection often looks like a pimple or other swelling on your gum and should be treated right away so that it doesn’t spread.
- Broken teeth – Teeth can break because of trauma or because they’ve been weakened by decay.
- Knocked-out teeth – Injuries to the face can result in tooth loss, but with prompt treatment, we may be able to successfully re-implant the tooth.
- Lost or broken restorations – Crowns, fillings, and veneers may crack or become detached because of excessive pressure. We can assess whether the restoration can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
- Soft-tissue injuries – We can check out injuries to the gums, lips, tongue, and palate to determine the best treatment option.
Call Us Right Away
In most dental emergencies, the key to the most successful treatment is to call our office right away and be seen as quickly as possible. Our focus during your emergency visit will be to identify the problem, relieve your pain, and provide stabilizing treatment. You may require a follow-up visit, especially if your emergency occurred because of an underlying condition such as decay or gum disease.
We’ll discuss treatment options and also create a preventive plan to try to head off potential emergencies in the future; after all, we’d much rather prevent an emergency than treat one, and we’re sure you’ll agree! Give us a call today for more information.