Top Anchorage Emergency Dentists
Most of the time when we require healthcare, we have some sort of forewarning. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. If you are in an accident and break a bone, for example, you need intensive, immediate care. The same thing is true with regard to dental emergencies. Sometimes, you need to make a quick decision regarding your care, and that can be difficult when you are coping with panic or pain as a result of the emergency.
Anchorage Dental Group, located in Anchorage, Alaska, can help if you need emergency dental care. We are a family friendly dentist in Anchorage, offering a full range of dental services, including the type of care you need in an emergency, such as a sports-related tooth injury. If you’re in urgent need of dental care, contact our office immediately.
Below, we’ll explain what actually constitutes a dental emergency, and what actions you should take during one of these situations. But first, we’ll explain why you should choose Anchorage Dental Group as your dental emergency treatment provider.
Why Choose Us as Your Emergency Dentist
Anchorage Dental Group, founded by Mark R. Laurin, DDS, is Anchorage’s premier family dental service provider. We are well-equipped to provide every member of your family with both routine and emergency dental care.
We do much more than simply provide you with competent care in an efficient manner. When we invite you and your family to receive dental care here, we are inviting you to become part of the Anchorage Dental Group family as well. We want your smile to be healthy not only for your physical well-being, but so that you can be comfortable, confident, and happy with the results of your care.
We’re always available, whether you are seeking preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, or an emergency dental procedure.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Many dental issues might be uncomfortable…but not all of these issues require the immediate attention that a true dental emergency does. Here are a few points to consider when you’re deciding whether or not your current condition is an emergency:
- Pain: Not all dental pain is an emergency, but if your pain is severe and constant, it is unlikely that it will recede without professional dental care. Tooth pain can be an indication of a break, or an infection.
- Bleeding: While you may experience mild bleeding from your gums for various reasons that can be addressed at a regularly scheduled appointment, excessive or constant bleeding needs immediate attention.
- Loss of a tooth: If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, it can often be replaced without resulting in permanent damage, but only if action is taken immediately.
- Swelling: Swelling is usually the sign of an abscess or other infection, and needs to be addressed right away.
Some of the non-emergency dental conditions that can occur include a dull toothache, a small chip from a tooth, or a lost filling. You should, of course, make an appointment with your dentist promptly, but you likely will not need immediate, emergency care.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can take many different forms, ranging from a toothache with no discernable cause to major trauma, like a badly cracked tooth. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies. If you don’t see your condition listed here, however, and you are concerned that it may indeed be an emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your treatment options right away.
Nearly everyone has experienced a toothache at some point in their lives. Some toothaches are little more than a mild twinge, while others might be so severely painful that they are debilitating.
The first thing you should do when you realize you have a toothache is to gently rinse, brush, and floss to ensure it’s not being caused by food stuck in or between your teeth. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then it’s a good idea to go ahead and give us a call.
A severe toothache is a dental emergency because it’s nearly impossible for patients to discover the source of the problem on their own. Some of the causes of a severe toothache can be very serious and have devastating health consequences; an untreated abscess, for example, can become a much more extreme infection if left untreated.
You should never try to self-diagnose a toothache for this very reason—call us ASAP.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
Trauma to the tooth or normal force applied to an already weak tooth can result in a crack or chipped tooth. While your teeth are made of very strong material, there are circumstances under which these materials simply can’t hold up.
When you realize that you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, the first thing you should do is a warm water rinse. Be sure to do so into a cup or stoppered sink, because your dentist may want to examine any loose pieces of tooth that you spit out.
Apply gauze to any bleeding areas and contact us for an appointment immediately.
Avulsed (Knocked-out) Tooth
If your tooth has been completely knocked out, acting quickly is of the utmost importance. The sooner you can get emergency dental care, the more likely it is that you will be able to make a full recovery. Often, the dentist is able to put your original tooth back in place. However, if too much time has passed, the tooth may be rejected, and you will have to discuss other treatment alternatives with your dentist.
In the event that your tooth is knocked out, rinse both your mouth and the tooth with water. Avoid touching the root of the tooth as much as possible. If you are able to slide the tooth back into the socket and reseat it, do so. Even if the positioning isn’t ideal, don’t worry—the dentist can fix that. If you can’t, keep the tooth moist in a cup of milk or in your cheek, and hurry to the dentist.
How We Can Treat Your Dental Pain
The severity of nearly every dental injury is significantly lessened if you make an immediate emergency dental appointment. Give Anchorage Dental Group a call at (907) 349-6522 if you believe you’re having a dental emergency, or if you’d like to make an appointment for any other dental issues.