Emergency Dentist – Green Bay, WI
Expert Care When You Need It the Most
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be planned for, with the ability to turn the perfect day into a traumatic experience. However, Dr. Scott N. Quandt, an expert emergency dentist in Green Bay, and the Dental Designs by Quandt team can help you and your family get out of pain fast with quality care. With numerous sedation options like nitrous oxide and oral-conscious sedation as well as other comfortable amenities, Dr. Quandt and his team can keep you relaxed during any type of emergency. Read on to learn more about dental emergencies and how we can treat them.
How to Handle Common Emergencies
There are two main categories of dental emergencies: infections that typically develop over time due to poor oral hygiene or sudden physical injury. Dr. Quandt is experienced in treating both types of problems. It’s important to come into our office as soon as an emergency occurs, but you can use these tips for handling common dental issues in the meantime:
Has your tooth recently started hurting out of nowhere? Try flossing around the area to dislodge any food debris. However, if the pain persists, contact our office immediately. Toothaches are often caused by infected or decayed tissue in your tooth. Dr. Quandt can perform a root canal to save your tooth from extraction and provide relief. He may also prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection.
If you break or chip your tooth from a fall or physical injury, use gauze to stop any bleeding and apply a cold compress to ease swelling. After, call our office to receive treatment. Sometimes, if the tooth is too damaged, Dr. Quandt may have to perform an extraction as a last resort. Your sedation dentist in Green Bay offers various options to keep you comfortable during this procedure.
If one of your teeth gets knocked-out, pick it up by the crown to avoid damaging the tooth roots. You should rinse it off and then try to place it back in your socket. If this isn’t possible, you can store your tooth in milk or water until you’re able to come into our office. The sooner that you can see us, the higher your chances are that your tooth can be successfully replanted.
Did your crown or filling fall out? You can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to seal your tooth and reattach your restoration. This will help protect you from pain and sensitivity. After making yourself more comfortable, call our office to get a new restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies, here are the best ways to minimize your chances of one occurring:
- Visit our office for routine dental appointments.
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Avoid using your teeth for anything other than talking and chewing.
- Avoid chewing on ice cubes or other hard items.
- Use a mouthguard when participating in physical activities.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of dental emergencies can range greatly depending on the type of emergency. Some issues can be treated with simple fillings or an antibiotic regimen, where others may require extensive dental work. The best way to receive a proper estimate is to visit our office. Dr. Quandt will give your mouth an in-depth examination to develop a personalized treatment plan. After, our team will be able to give you a much more precise estimate.
Dental Emergency FAQs
With a focus on prevention, Dr. Quandt and our team work hard to keep your smile healthy and help you avoid dental emergencies. Unfortunately, they can still happen anyway. To make sure you have the information you need to handle these situations, we've answered some of the most common FAQs we hear below. But if you have any other questions or ever need an emergency dentist in Green Bay, you can contact us anytime!
How Do I Know I'm Having a True Dental Emergency?
In some cases, it's difficult to know if you really need to call us for emergency care or not. Here are some indications that you should contact us right away:
- A tooth or filling is broken
- You have moderate to heavy bleeding
- You have pain that prevents you from eating, sleeping, or going to work
- You've knocked out a tooth
- You have swelling or a pimple-like bump on your gums (this is usually a sign of an infection)
When Should I Go To the Emergency Room?
As an experienced dentist in Green Bay, Dr. Quandt can treat a wide variety of emergencies, but some situations need medical attention first. Once you've been stabilized at a hospital or urgent care center for the following emergencies, you can call us for any dental work that may be necessary:
- If you’ve knocked out a tooth and can’t see us within one hour.
- If you have severe cuts that might need stitches, or you have bleeding that won’t stop after applying pressure for 15 minutes.
- If you have a painful toothache and can’t make it to our office within a few hours.
- If your jaw is fractured or dislocated.
What Kind of Pain Medication Should I Take For a Dental Emergency?
In many cases, you can take the over-the-counter pain reliever of your choice. However, if you have bleeding, it's a good idea to avoid NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen because they can thin your blood and interfere with clotting. As an alternative, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead. This also applies if you're already taking a prescription blood-thinner like Warfarin.
My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need To Come In?
Yes. In some cases, a toothache goes away because the nerve of the tooth dies on its own. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the problem has taken care of itself. Even if the pain subsides, there's a good chance that there's an infection present, so it's very important to make an appointment. Without treatment, the infection can spread to other areas of the body and become very dangerous.