Emergency Dentist in Bend, OR
When you experience a dental emergency, you need attention fast. In the case of a knocked out tooth, for example, receiving immediate treatment can mean the difference between saving your tooth or losing it and needing to complete a tooth replacement treatment plan. Unfortunately, too many dental offices are unable to fit dental emergencies into their busy schedules. At Ponderosa Dental Center, we want all of our patients to receive the care they need as soon as they need it. That's why our emergency dentist, Dr. Joshua Prentice, and our staff ensure we’re always prepared to accommodate our patients’ dental emergencies. In many cases, we can see you on the same day you call. For current patients of record, we even make time to come in during the weekend! Don’t delay to contact our Bend dentistry team during a dental emergency. When you get in touch, we will assess your situation and plan a time for you to come in as soon as necessary given your specific emergency. Ponderosa Dental Center welcomes patients from Bend, Redmond, and Sisters, OR and all surrounding communities.
Some of the Most Common Dental Emergencies
Patients often hesitate to reach out to us during a dental emergency because they don’t know if their situation “counts” as an emergency. If you are in pain or have damaged your smile, you are likely experiencing a situation that requires urgent dental care, so please don’t wait to call our team and schedule and appointment with our emergency dentist. Even if we determine treatment for your situation can wait, we will walk you through steps to take at home and schedule your appointment. It’s always better to start treatment for dental damage right away. Some of the dental emergencies we see most often include:
- Knocked out or dislodged teeth or dental restorations
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth and dental restorations
- Aching or abscessed teeth (infected tooth)
- Toothache and dental sensitivity
- Infection in the gums and soft tissue
- Broken or bent partial or full dentures
- Foreign objects stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue lacerations
Caring for Your Smile at Home
When you call us during a dental emergency, one of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone to ensure your comfort and safety until you reach our office. Some of the things you can do at home during a dental emergency include:
- Clean damaged areas or dislodged teeth and dental restorations with cool water, but do not scrub the area or use oral hygiene products unless directed to do so.
- Take over the counter pain medication as directed. Do not place aspirin directly onto the damaged tooth as this can cause additional damage.
- Use floss and brush teeth to attempt to dislodge stuck items. Do not use sharp tools to remove foreign items stuck between teeth as this may lead to soft tissue injury.
- If you have lost a tooth, retrieve it by handling the top part of the tooth. Clean it with cool water without dislodging any healthy tissue. Then, replace the tooth in the socket when possible. If you’re not able to replace the tooth, store it in a container filled with milk or cool water until you reach our office.
- Apply pressure to any lacerations using clean cloth or sterile gauze to stop bleeding.
- Use ice packs or cold compresses to relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, or slow bleeding.
Your Emergency Visit
When you reach our office for treatment during a dental emergency, we will begin by examining your smile. Our first goal will be to assess your situation. Then, our team will provide treatments to relieve any pain you may be experiencing, and partner with you to create a plan to repair your smile quickly and comfortably.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Our team emphasizes prevention for every patient. While many dental emergencies cannot be avoided, maintaining adequate oral hygiene at home and keeping up with regular dental checkups limits your chances for dental emergencies. There are also some habits you can change to reduce your risk for experiencing an emergency, including:
- Stop chewing ice, biting fingernails, or unnecessarily chomping on other hard objects
- Do not use teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts
- Wear protective mouthguards during athletic competition
- Use nightguards to protect teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep