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Aksarben Smiles offers immediate emergency dental care to our Omaha clients because we know that dental emergencies can happen at any time, and can be incredibly serious. That means our staff will do everything possible to see you as soon as possible and address your pain at that very appointment. Whether you have something as severe as a toothache or as simple as a chipped tooth, we will prioritize your care and offer you treatment as soon as possible. We want our clients to feel as little discomfort as possible and want to ensure you are able to eat, speak, and smile with ease!
Below, we have outlined several common dental emergencies with likely emergency dental office treatments that you can expect, and also what you should do at home if you find yourself in a dental emergency situation.
A toothache is normally caused by decay entering the nerve area and creates a very painful situation. In this case, a root canal will most likely be needed.
Do not place aspirin on the tooth. A temporary sedative filling can be found in the dental section of most drug stores. Place this over the “hole” to help alleviate symptoms. A numbing agent such as Orajel can also be placed on the tooth for temporary relief of dental pain.
In the case of a toothache, an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or Aleve will help alleviate dental pain better than Tylenol or aspirin, as long as you do not have any allergies to these drugs or are not taking any other medications that may have side effects with ibuprofen or Aleve.
Dental swelling can be due to an oral infection. If the swelling is causing you difficulty breathing or causes your eye to become swollen, go directly to the hospital. It is likely you will need IV antibiotics.
Never put heat on a swollen area. This may cause the infection to spread more quickly.
Antibiotics will most likely be given and need to be taken as prescribed.
After the swelling is addressed, there is usually an underlying dental issue like an infected tooth which needs a root canal or an extraction.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
If there is no tooth pain or sensitivity, it is likely the fracture does not involve the nerve or that the tooth may already be root canaled.
If you do experience dental sensitivity, you can get a temporary sedative filling at your local drug store to place over the area to help with sensitivity until you can get into our office.
If the tooth fracture is large it may require a crown to be placed over the tooth.
If the fractured tooth is small it may only require the area to be smoothed, or for a filling to be used to replace the lost tooth structure.
Tooth Knocked Out
If the tooth is accidentally knocked out, and it is a permanent tooth, putting it back in is possible. A dentist will need to be involved. Until then, handle the tooth by the crown and not the root portion.
Carefully rinse the tooth with cold water but do not scrub the tooth or touch the root.
Try to re-implant the tooth immediately by putting the root back into the socket. You will know that you are finished when the tooth lines up with the rest of the teeth.
If the above is not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and try to see a dentist within an hour. For after-hours emergencies, we recommend you go to UNMC’s emergency room, where they have emergency dentists on call.
Temporary Crowns: Broken or Lost
If you are wearing a temporary that breaks and you cannot come in to the dental office, you can get orthodontic wax at your local drug store or soften candle wax and place that over the tooth to cover the tooth. This will help with sensitivity until you can get to emergency dental care.
If the tooth has a root canal, you will not experience any discomfort. You can leave the temporary off and return to the office at your earliest convenience.
If the temporary crown has fallen off but is intact, go ahead and re-cement it with temporary cement that you can find at your local drug store in the dental section.
Clean the temporary crown prior to putting the cement inside and practice placing the dental crown on without the cement on first, so you will know how it fits.