Emergency Dental Services
Dental emergencies can happen anytime. Knowing what to anticipate in a traumatic situation can help you stay calm and level-headed. Patients in the Albuquerque, NM, area with a knocked-out tooth, painful toothache, or significant jaw injury should immediately reach out for emergency care at New Mexico Smile Center. Dr. Steve Ollason is an emergency dentist and can help alleviate your pain so you can go back to enjoying life again.
Common dental emergencies include:
- A loose or knocked-out permanent tooth
- Severe toothaches
- Significantly cracked teeth that are causing pain
- Major jaw injury
- Bleeding that will not stop
If you are experiencing any of these issues, contact our office immediately at (505) 275-1663. If Dr. Steve Ollason is unavailable, go to the nearest emergency room.
What to Do While You Wait for Care
Some emergencies are urgent and require immediate care. However, if something stops you from receiving care right away, there are some steps you can take to protect your oral health.
For a Knocked-Out Tooth
If your tooth is avulsed, or knocked-out, locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown. Never pick it up by the roots. If you are able, gently place the tooth back in its socket.
If this is not feasible, keep the tooth moist by holding it in your mouth or by placing it in a cup of milk or saline. In many cases, the tooth can be successfully replanted when addressed in a timely manner.
For a Severely Cracked Tooth
If a fracture occurs, rinse with warm water to clean the area. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce any discomfort and place a cold compress or ice pack on the area.
For Severe Swelling or Bleeding
To reduce swelling and inflammation, place a cold compress over the area. Bleeding can be slowed with gentle, consistent pressure.
Dental emergencies should be treated as soon as possible, no matter how mild they may seem.
Although any oral health issue can be nerve-wracking, there are some situations that can wait until regular business hours, such as:
- A lost or broken filling, crown, or bridge
- A minor chipped tooth that does not cause pain
- A damaged night guard or retainer
- Dull or minor toothaches
The Importance of Prompt Dental Care
Dental emergencies should be treated as soon as possible, no matter how mild they may seem. Even the smallest chip can compromise the structure of a tooth, making it more susceptible to decay and damage.
Additionally, infections and abscesses can rapidly spread to other teeth if not addressed right away. As a result, what began as a small problem can turn into a significant one rather quickly. Emergency dental care can help alleviate pain and discomfort and prevent more serious issues from developing.
Our Team Is Here for You
Dr. Steve Ollason and our team can handle your dental emergency with care and compassion. To learn more about our emergency dental services, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (505) 275-1663 or contact us online anytime.