Dental Emergencies

Emergency Dentist in Fairbanks

A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. Thankfully, Alaska Dental Arts of Fairbanks is always ready to assist you with your urgent needs. We even have an emergency line that you can call to reach us after hours when necessary.

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation you or a family member may be facing in terms of your oral health that needs immediate attention.

In most cases, the problem will prevent you from being able to go to work, school, or even eat a meal. Whether due to pain or because of embarrassment (such as a knocked out front tooth,) these situations often need to be addressed before you can go on with everyday activities.

Common Dental Emergencies that We Treat

At Alaska Dental Arts, our compassionate team of oral health providers understands how frightening a dental emergency can be, and we are here to help you quickly and effectively, no matter what your smile needs. Common dental emergencies we treat often include:

  • Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
  • Objects lodged between teeth
  • Severe tooth pain or toothaches
  • Lost or broken dental restorations (crowns, bridges, or fillings)
  • Loose teeth or broken teeth
  • Trauma to the lips, gums, cheeks, or tongue
  • Swelling or abscesses along the gums
  • Denture repairs

What if You’re Not Sure if it’s a True Dental Emergency?

If you’re not sure whether or not your particular situation warrants itself as an actual emergency, but are not in pain and able to go to work or school, call our office during regular business hours to arrange an appointment within the next day or two.

What Should I do in a Dental Emergency?

If you have experienced any sort of trauma to your head or neck, we must insist you contact your general doctor or visit the emergency room before you contact us. Your immediate medical care always comes first, especially if there is uncontrolled bleeding or you have been involved in an accident such as an automobile wreck.

For all other cases that are strictly related to the teeth or around the mouth, we encourage you to call our emergency dentist in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dr. Derek Lowe, immediately.

Not only will we schedule your appointment as soon as we can, but we will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to take care of your smile before you can come see us. With the right care, you can prevent your problem from evolving into something worse. In the majority of situations, it is easier, more comfortable, and less expensive to treat problems early.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

If You Knock Out or Chip a Tooth: Many times, an avulsed tooth can be reinserted, or a broken off piece of tooth bonded back in place. They key is to get to our emergency dentist in Fairbanks within the first one or two hours. Storing the tooth properly in a cup of milk, contact solution, or saline can prevent the attachment fibers from becoming damaged.

Likewise, it is important to not scrub your tooth clean, as this can damage the fibers needed for reinsertion. While it is ok to gently rinse away any visible debris, do not manually rub against any of the root surfaces.

If your tooth is whole, you can attempt to reinsert it on your own, but you will still need to seek immediate attention so that it can be splinted into place.

Take an Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Ibuprofen (Motrin) can help to reduce swelling, which is the common contributing factor when it comes to pain. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) does not reduce swelling, but may be recommended for people that are under doctor’s orders to avoid NSAIDs.

Alternate a Warm and Cold Compress: When swelling or pain is bothering you, alternate a warm and cold compress on the side of your face. Please note that once pain or swelling reaches this point, you need to be seeking care as soon as possible.

Prevent Dental Emergencies Before They Happen

Aside from accidents, many dental emergencies are due to overlooking routine dental care, such as removing active decay and filling the tooth. As a result, infection spreads deeper into the nerve or causes something to break.

Scheduling routine checkups, x-rays, and cleanings allows Dr. Derek Lowe to screen for problems in their earliest stages, when they’re simpler to address.

Wearing an Athletic Guard Can Help: Custom oral guards aren’t just to keep you from chipping teeth during a game of hockey or a gymnastics practice. They can also safeguard you against the risk of concussions. Having one made by your dentist will protect you far better than a loose, over-the-counter stock guard.

Call Us for Fast Pain Relief

The sooner you call our emergency dentist in Fairbanks, the sooner we can help you get out of pain. You never need to be paralyzed by the fear of a dental emergency again.

We hope that you will call us at Alaska Dental Arts if you are facing a dental emergency. Dr. Derek Lowe and our compassionate staff are committed to taking care of you and your smile’s needs.

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