Your Lincoln Emergency Dentistry
Dental emergencies usually seem to happen at the least expected times. Whether it’s in the middle of the night or during the workday, it’s always inconvenient. All of us at Preserve Family Dentistry have experienced this in some form.
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Here are a few commonly asked questions about emergency dentistry:
What do I do for a dental emergency?
Can Urgent Care pull a tooth?
Will the Emergency Room pull a tooth?
Dental infections will often cause severe toothaches. If you’re experiencing a toothache like this, be sure to see your emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE as soon as possible. If the discomfort seems abrupt or unexpected, it’s likely that dental infection is the cause. Learn more about toothache management tips from our Lincoln, NE dentists.
“Can urgent care pull a tooth?“
Although handing a dental emergency seems like something an urgent care clinic should do, it is important to know that comprehensive dental procedures are not within most urgent care providers’ scope of practice.
Even though they can help provide some degree of relief for pain, it’s important that you contact an emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE should you feel you need emergency dental care.
“Will the emergency room pull a tooth?“
While you can walk-in to an emergency room for tooth pain, do know that not only will an emergency room physician not pull teeth, they can’t legally perform tooth extractions or emergency rooth canals. Dental care falls outside an emergency room physicians scope of practice, which means by law they cannot perform dental services of any kind.
The best any emergency room physician could do would be to refer you to a dentist and possibly provide antibiotics or pain medication.
Abscess or Swelling
If your gums are sore or swelling, it’s possible that you’ve developed a dental abscess. Dental abscesses form when a tooth develops an infection that has reached a tooth’s root. Be sure to have this treated immediately by your emergency dentist, or it will often lead to a more serious medical emergency. Whether or not it’s a dental abscess, swollen gums should be examined by a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE. Want to know more about a dental abscess? Visit the Tooth Abscess pages at the Mayo Clinic.
What do I do for a dental emergency?
In case of dental emergencies like severe abscesses, it is extremely important to go to the emergency room for a toothache.
Abscesses can be life-threatening. Severe toothaches are mostly due to abscess formation and this cannot be relieved with just a painkiller. Although an emergency room physician won’t be able to extract the tooth, they can get you started on any necessary antibiotics, which is important when it comes to a dental abscess. You’ll then need to follow up with a Lincoln, NE dentist as soon as possible to ensure careful treatment of your dental emergency.
Knocked Out Tooth
Dentists in Lincoln, NE can usually replace a knocked out tooth if it is within 30 minutes since being dislodged. If it’s longer than an hour, it’s very unlikely that your Lincoln emergency dentistry will be able to replace the tooth. When a tooth becomes dislodged, it damages any surrounding tissues, including the tooth’s nerves. After a certain amount of time, the damaged tissues can no longer support the tooth. For this reason, it’s essential to see your dentist in Lincoln, NE as soon as possible after having a knocked-out tooth. Learn more about what our emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE can do for you.
Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for teeth to break. Small cracks to big breaks can all take a toll on your mouth and cause you a great amount of discomfort. If a break extends all the way to a tooth’s root, it’s certain that you’ll experience some serious discomfort. If this happens, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Lincoln, NE right away.
Lost Fillings or Crowns
Dentists in Lincoln can ultimately use fillings and crowns to fix cavities or other forms of trauma and decay. That means if a filling or crown falls out, your tooth will become sensitive and vulnerable. You’ll likely experience some sensitivity to hot and cold, as well as some discomfort if the tooth is damaged. Most of the time, lost fillings aren’t that severe, but if it does become serious, be sure to reach out to your emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE at Preserve Family Dentistry.
Broken dentures are a common problem among denture-wearers. It causes patients trouble with eating, speaking, and other things. It has the potential to do more than just ruin someone’s day. At Preserve Family Dentistry, we also offer emergency denture repair and are glad to get you in as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions…
Emergency/Urgent Dental Care
Our dentist in Lincoln, NE hears some questions incredibly often. For that reason, we’ve compiled a short list of the most commonly asked questions about emergency dental care.
Is there an emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE available on Saturday?
While our emergency dentists in Lincoln, NE aren’t at the office 24/7, you can either call our emergency line at 402-840-9783 or schedule an appointment online.
Is your office a 24-hour emergency dental/urgent dental care location?
Again, our dentists in Lincoln, NE don’t spend all of their time in the office, but are likely able to get you in soon.
Does Preserve Family Dentistry perform emergency endodontics in Lincoln, NE/root canal therapy?
Our dentists in Lincoln, NE are efficient at performing root canal treatment! We’re glad to help ease your discomfort, and a root canal infection is certainly a potential cause of this distress.
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