Emergencies

Comprehensive Dental Care

Maplewood Dental Associates provides high-quality dental care and comprehensive treatment for patients of all ages, serving Maplewood, St. Paul, and the surrounding areas. Our doctors and dedicated team of highly trained dental specialists work hard to help each of our patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile, and work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your unique dental health needs. We always aim to focus on preventative care, but sometimes problems come up that become 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 mouth injuries include any injuries caused by a hit or impact, and they're one of the more serious types of dental emergencies. The most common traumatic dental injury is a chipped tooth. For a tooth that's been loosened by an injury, it's critical to seek treatment immediately—especially within the first six hours.

The most serious type of injury is a completely knocked-out permanent tooth, and you'll have to take immediate action to prevent losing the tooth entirely. To save the tooth you should pick it up without touching the root, rinse it gently with water, and then place it back in the socket facing the right way. Apply gentle pressure to keep the tooth in the socket and call our office or proceed straight to an emergency room. If the tooth is too dirty or damaged to replant, either tuck it between the patient’s cheek and gum or keep it safely submerged in a glass of cold milk. Call us to make an appointment immediately if you experience any of the above dental injuries. If you’re experiencing uncontrollable bleeding, please head straight to the emergency room.

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Tooth Pain

One of the most common reasons for acute dental pain is a bacterial infection that's causing tooth decay. For this reason, 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, but the only way to know what's causing the pain is to be evaluated by a dentist. If you’re experiencing acute tooth pain, please 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 serious as tooth emergencies. If an accidental bite, fall, burn, 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 can lead to the formation of a painful and potentially dangerous abscess—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 our office immediately. For less serious injuries, cuts, or scrapes to the soft tissues, try to clear away any visible debris, rinse your mouth out with diluted salt water, and slow any bleeding by pressing a clean, damp cloth to the area for 10-15 minutes. If none of these steps control the problem, please head to the emergency room.

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Orthodontic Emergencies

Although true orthodontic emergencies are rare, they do happen and are most commonly caused by trauma to the mouth, infection and swelling, or other serious uncontrollable pain. In any orthodontic emergency, it's critical to seek immediate attention either from a dental office or the emergency room. If your orthodontic appliances are loose, broken, or irritating, please 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 any questions about what to do in case of a dental emergency, please contact our Maplewood dental office at 651-770-3831. If you feel the emergency is life-threatening or serious enough, you should always call 911. You can also reach out to us via email anytime, or make a routine non-emergency appointment using our easy online form. We’re always here to help you with any dental issue—call us today to get started!

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