5 Dental Emergencies You Can’t Ignore

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When we experience a dental problem, we often put off seeing a dentist. Our excuses range from telling ourselves that the problem isn’t that bad, to feeling like we don’t have extra time to spare, to fear of the cost or the treatment needed. However, you should not ignore dental problems. Any delay can result in a worse outcome than if you would have taken care of the issue right away. See one of our dentists in Fairbanks, Alaska right away if you have any of these five dental emergencies:

Knocked-Out or Partially Dislodged Tooth

If a tooth gets knocked out, you have a limited time to save it. Rinse the tooth in cold water and place it back into its socket, then see a dentist immediately. If putting the tooth in its socket isn’t possible, carry it to a dental office in milk or the patient’s saliva to help keep the tooth alive. If you have a partially dislodged tooth, a dentist needs to stabilize the tooth as soon as possible to save it. In both cases, a root canal may become necessary.


You might dismiss a toothache as something not serious. We all have toothaches from time to time. If you have a throbbing toothache, though, you might have an infection. If so, this condition needs immediate treatment. You don’t want an infection spreading through your body. You could also have damaged the nerve of a tooth, which needs immediate treatment if you want to save it.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Sometimes a chipped or a broken tooth is only a cosmetic issue. Of course, a front tooth always needs treatment quickly so you look your best. However, regardless of where it’s at in your mouth, if you’ve severely damaged a tooth you could expose the nerve tissue, which can cause a lot of pain. An infection could also result, so you want to make certain to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Lost Filling or Crown

Losing a filling or crown might not always seem like an emergency. But if the loss occurs on a front tooth — like with a chipped or broken tooth — it’s an aesthetic concern. Also, if the tooth is sensitive, pain can occur. Eating can become difficult or even impossible. In the case of a lost crown, you don’t want your teeth to shift, which could cause additional problems, so see a dentist quickly.


An abscess is a bacterial infection of a tooth that usually results from decay or trauma. An abscess can cause severe pain and swelling. Because an infection can spread, you need treatment as soon as possible. An infection in the jawbone or other areas of the body can occur if left untreated.

At some point, everyone has problems with their teeth. You should never ignore dental issues.

If you have a problem, especially one of the emergency situations listed above, give us a call to see us in Fairbanks as soon possible to save the look of your smile and maintain your overall health.

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