Urgent dental needs can arise at any time of day or night, and having a trusted team to turn to can make these situations far easier to navigate. That’s why the team at Missoula Dental offers emergency dentistry services to families in and around Missoula, Montana. When you or a loved one is in need of outstanding care for a dental emergency, call the office to determine your next steps. Online booking is available for less urgent dental scheduling needs.
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing urgent dental care needs. But determining what constitutes a dental emergency can be a challenge.
One way to think about the issue is to consider whether your dental need requires urgent attention or can wait to be assessed and treated during a normally scheduled visit at Missoula Dental. If you or a family member is in pain or experiencing significant stress based on a dental issue, emergency dentistry might be the right option.
What are some issues that can be treated in an emergency dentistry setting?
Missoula Dental can address a wide range of needs through emergency dentistry appointments. Some of the issues that might prompt such a visit include:
Lacerations to the gums or other oral soft tissues
Cracked or broken teeth
Swelling or other signs of advanced infection
Significant dental pain
If you experience a traumatic injury or serious sports injury and have additional symptoms like chest pain, broken bones, uncontrolled bleeding, or loss of consciousness, seek emergency medical care prior to addressing your dental needs.
What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?
A knocked-out tooth is among the most common types of dental injuries. Knowing how to react can be the key between saving or losing the tooth.
Your first step should be to locate the tooth and carefully pick it up, avoiding making contact with the root portion. If there is dirt or debris on the tooth, rinse it under a very gentle stream of clean water.
Try to place the tooth back into its socket and bite down gently on gauze or a clean cloth to keep it in place. If that isn’t possible, place the tooth between your cheek and gum tissue to keep it in a moist and “familiar” environment.
You can also put the tooth into a small container and cover it with warm milk. Most importantly, seek emergency dental care as quickly as possible to improve the chances of successful replantation.
If you are concerned about a lost tooth or other dental emergency, call the office right away to determine the appropriate path to treatment. Online booking is an option for less urgent dental needs.