Emergency Dental Care
Lifepoint Dental Partners Are Here When You Have a Dental Emergency
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? A broken tooth or pain? Contact Lifepoint Dental, your local Ankeny dentist office for immediate treatment. We are able to quickly accommodate most emergencies.
If you are unable to reach your dentist or are experiencing severe pain, swelling, fever or other serious symptoms, go to the near hospital emergency room immediately.
A dental emergency is a situation that requires prompt attention from a dental professional. At our dental office, we understand that you cannot always plan when you will need our care. If you experience a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Our team will schedule you to meet with our dentist as soon as we are able so you can receive the care you need. We are happy to care for several types of dental emergencies, including:
- Severe toothache or jaw soreness
- Pain while chewing
- Face inflammation
- Isolated bleeding from a certain area of the mouth
- Changes in tooth color
- Pus from infection around the gum area
- Trouble breathing
Emergency Dental Care Ankeny and Des Moines
If you are suffering severe pain, bleeding, or fear your tooth may be broken or chipped, contact us immediately. Severe pain is an unambiguous sign of injury or infection and most times, it is an indication that your mouth may be injured, infected, have an abscess or broken tooth, or it may just be a response to fresh dental work. Regardless, your dentist must decide whether you need antibiotics or other medication, or if any dental measures must be done immediately to resolve the problem.
If there is still bleeding after applying a cold compress or pressure, contact us right away. Continual bleeding may cause sickness and pain in children and usually indicates a deeper abrasion or more severe injury.
If you fracture or knock a tooth out contact us immediately. The fracture of a tooth is very common and usually not serious. If you are in pain however, it is important get to the office as soon as possible. The crack could possibly be deep and have created a worse problem, damaging the pulp. Dead pulp tissue decays quickly and can cause serious abscesses or infection. If the nerve center of the tooth is not protected it may cause you to need a very painful and costly root canal in the future.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you have knocked out a tooth, do not poke or push your other teeth if the broken tooth is still in your mouth because you may cause more damage to the surrounding teeth that may be loose or cracked but not dislodged. Clean the tooth gently with water and tuck the knocked out tooth between your cheek and gum, being careful to not swallow it. If you find it impossible to do so, place the tooth in a container of milk and travel to the dentist. Do not scrub the tooth as you could damage the living root/ connective tissue. A tooth that has been knocked out has very high chance of being put back into place if you get to the dentist within thirty minutes.