Dental Emergencies

Make It Through Any Dental Emergency

Part of providing high-quality dental care to the community is being available for patients when they need us most, especially in emergency situations. When a tooth suddenly hurts or is damaged, knocked loose, or knocked out, then alleviating the discomfort as soon as possible could be vital. Emergency treatment will also help minimize dental damage and the potential for more complicated oral health issues in the future. According to your specific emergency, we’ll customize a treatment plan to restore your teeth and smile as soon as possible.

Tips for Before Your Appointment

  • Many dental emergencies involve some level of discomfort to your teeth and/or oral tissues, which you can mitigate with an over-the-counter pain reliever. You can also place a cold compress or ice pack on the side of your mouth to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling, if necessary.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything until you make it to our office for your appointment. Biting and chewing can exacerbate your discomfort as well as any damage to your tooth structure. If you notice any bleeding, then bite down gently on a clean, moist piece of gauze or cloth until it stops.
  • If your tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket (avulsed), then collect the tooth by holding its crown and rinse it carefully in warm water. Then, place the tooth in a small container of milk and bring it with you to your appointment. In some cases, it may be replanted into its socket so you won’t have to replace the tooth with a manmade restoration.

Schedule an Emergency Visit Today

You can’t predict a dental emergency, but you can get through it more successfully with expert treatment from a caring and compassionate dental team. If you have a dental emergency, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.

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