Comprehensive Dental Care

At Maplewood Dental Associates, we strive to provide high-quality dental care to patients throughout Maplewood, St. Paul and beyond. Our doctors and dedicated team of highly trained dental specialists work hard to help each of our patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile in the long term, creating personalized treatment plans that take into account every patient's unique dental needs. We always aim to focus on preventative care, but sometimes problems come up – and sometimes those problems qualify as an emergency. If you experience a dental emergency, we are here to help, and this page will provide some information on what to do in case of a dental emergency.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

Traumatic injuries to the mouth are any injuries caused by a hit or impact, and they're one of the more serious types of dental injury. The most common traumatic dental injury is a chipped tooth. Call us and make an appointment immediately.

For a tooth that's been moved or loosened by an injury, it's critical to seek treatment immediately - especially within the first six hours. Call us and make an appointment as soon as possible, but if you experience uncontrollable bleeding, head to the emergency room.

A knocked-out permanent tooth is the most serious form of traumatic tooth injury. You'll have to take immediate action to prevent losing the tooth entirely. To save the tooth, pick it up without touching the root, rinse it with water gently, then place it back in the socket facing the right way. Apply a gentle pressure to keep the tooth in the socket and proceed straight to an emergency room, or if it's during our office hours, call us and come to our office. If it's too dirty or damaged to replant, either tuck it between the cheek and gum of the patient or carry it in a glass of cold milk.


Tooth Pain

One of the most common reasons for acute dental or tooth pain is a bacterial infection that's causing tooth decay, which means tooth pain is always a sign that you need an urgent visit to our office. The pain may mean you need any number of treatments, and the only way to know what's causing the pain is to be evaluated by a dentist - so if you experience acute tooth pain, call us to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Periodontal Emergencies

Trauma, injuries, or infections to the gums and soft tissues of the mouth can be just as series as tooth emergencies, and you may need emergency treatment. If an accidental bite, fall, burn from hot liquid, or sports injury is extremely painful for a long time or causes excessive bleeding, you may need emergency treatment. The most serious type of gum injury is when a foreign object gets lodged beneath the gum line, as this may cause a painful and potentially dangerous abscess to form – a pus-filled pocket caused by an infection.

If you have a foreign object lodged under the gums that you can't get out with dental floss, or if you develop an abscess, call us immediately. For less serious injuries, cuts, or scrapes to the soft tissues, try clear away any visible debris, rinse your mouth out with diluted salt water, and stem bleeding by pressing a clean, damp cloth to the area for 10-15 minutes. If none of these steps control the problem, head to the emergency room.

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True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but they do happen and are most commonly caused by trauma to the mouth, infection and swelling, or serious, uncontrollable pain. In any orthodontic emergency, it's critical to seek immediate attention either from a dental office or the emergency room, whichever is faster. If your orthodontic appliances are loose, broken, irritating, call us or your orthodontist for advice.

Contact Your Minnesota Dental Experts

Dental emergencies are scary, but rest assured that we're here for you when you need it most. If you experience a dental emergency or have more questions about what to do in case of a dental emergency, feel free to call our Maplewood dentistry at 651-770-3831 or reach out to us at our contact page – but remember that if you feel the emergency is life-threatening or serious enough, you should always call 911. If you'd like to make a routine, non-emergency appointment, you can do that using our appointment request form.

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