Learn How To Address Dental Emergencies

des moines dental emergencyWhen a tooth is severely damaged, or even suffers a minor chip or crack, this could lead to cavities or even infections down the road. Which means you need dental emergency care. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how to respond to them to limit discomfort, and how we repair teeth.

The Risks of Ignoring Damaged Teeth

When a tooth is injured and damaged, or develops pain, this could mean a serious risk of tooth decay and infection unless treated. This could eventually even threaten the stability of your tooth! To avoid major complications for your smile, when you sustain an injury or have pain in your tooth, you should give us a call. Even if your injury happens outside of normal business hours, we can arrange a time to see you and offer treatment. Don’t let these dental emergencies threaten your oral health. Instead, talk to us about a solution!

Responding to Dental Emergencies

After you call us, you can take steps to help you or the person with the emergency. These actions help ease discomfort until we can offer treatment. If a tooth hurts, gently floss on either side and then rinse with warm water. If you have an object caught between teeth and floss doesn’t revive it, don’t use anything else, as this could damage teeth or gums. If a tooth is damaged, rinse with warm water and then use a cloth or gauze to stem bleeding. For all cases, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort. If a tooth is knocked out, then pick it up by the crown, not the root. Gently rinse away dirt, but not tissues. Place it in a glass of salt water or milk and bring it to the office. You can also place it in the socket and gently bite down to keep in place.

Repair From Our Team

Our team could repair damage in as little as one visit with dental bonding. We could also place custom-and dental crowns to repair or reshoe teeth too. We can even restore knocked out teeth to the smile! To help reduce the risk of injury if you or your kids play martial arts or full contact sports, then we can create a custom-made athletic mouthguard. If you have any questions about how we address dental emergencies, or about protecting smiles, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to help you avoid painful tooth decay and infections from damaged teeth. If you have any questions about repairing teeth and then protecting them from further damage, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.