We realize that you cannot schedule emergencies. They pop up at the most inconvenient times! Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and they usually occur at the least convenient time possible. When urgent dental care is needed, Dr. Stacy Goodwill of Cornerstone Dental in Fargo, ND, will be here for you. We make emergencies a top priority in our office, and the doctor even builds extra time into the daily schedule to accommodate emergency patients.
Types of Dental EmergenciesDental emergencies can range from a throbbing toothache to having a tooth knocked out. Whatever your emergency, call us and we will provide instructions on how to care for the tooth until you can get to the office. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
- Toothaches – Patients may suffer from a toothache for a variety of reasons. An abscessed or infected tooth can cause significant pain. Dr. Stacy Goodwill can provide a prescription for antibiotics to help fight the infection, and if the patient experiences extreme pain, can offer pain medication as well. Some toothaches result from cavities or exposed nerves. An emergency filling or crown may be the solution to resolve the pain, correct damage, and protect the tooth.
- Broken or Cracked Teeth – A patient may crack or break a tooth by biting down on something hard, like candy or ice cubes. Sometimes, even habits like biting nails can lead to a damaged tooth. Facial trauma, such as a hit to the face or falling may also cause teeth to crack or break. A cracked tooth typically does not hurt when the patient bites down, but when released the bite may feel throbbing pain. Broken teeth can range in severity. The doctor can usually polish out a small chip in a tooth with little effort. These small chips may not cause pain, but may leave the tooth with sharp edges that can cut the tongue or cheeks. A larger break may need immediate attention. If you have a badly broken tooth, call our office right away, and we will instruct you in caring for the tooth until you can get to us. If you notice bleeding, press gauze or a tea bag on the area to stop the blood.
- Knocked Out Teeth – Whether due to a fall or an accident, a knocked out tooth needs immediate attention. If you suffer a knocked out tooth outside our business hours, you should head to the emergency room for medical treatment. Try to put the tooth back into the socket, handling it as little as possible. If you cannot do this, place the tooth in a container of milk or ADA recommended tooth preservation product, such as Save-A-Tooth®. Get to our office or the emergency room as quickly as possible. The faster your tooth receives attention, the better the likelihood of saving it.