Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Northern Lights Dental Clinic

Dentistry located in North Pole, AK

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. The team at Northern Lights Dental Clinic in the North Pole, Alaska is ready to serve the emergency dental needs for your entire family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Making it to Northern Lights Dental Clinic as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

How do I know what a dental emergency is?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition. Common dental emergency situations include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
  • An injury to your face or mouth
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A laceration or tear on your lips

Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you will lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced dentist at Northern Lights Dental Clinic. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?

If you act quickly, there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots.

As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Northern Lights Dental Clinic. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.

If you’re unable to put your tooth back in your mouth, try to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Northern Lights Dental Clinic for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.