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Dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. You can trip on a sidewalk and chip a tooth or be eating popcorn and bite into an unpopped kernel and crack a tooth. It’s important to ask others where you can find “an emergency dental office near me,” because dental emergencies don’t resolve themselves.
Where Can I Find an Emergency Dental Office Near Me?
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to find emergency dental care without delay, even if you’re not in pain. Some problems don’t cause pain, such as a lost filling, but they are still emergencies. Call our office and one of our emergency dentists will see you as soon as possible during our regular office hours.
What Is Urgent Dental Care?
Severe pain, swelling or any injury that will cause further damage if you wait more than a few days to seek treatment. Even minor injuries, such as a small crack or other structural damage, can turn into major problems quickly. Our emergency dentists in Bloomington provide the following treatment during our office hours:
- Toothache diagnosis and treatment
- Repair of fractured or chipped teeth
- Emergency extractions
- Treatment for orthodontic pain
- Treatment for loose or lost restorations
- Treatment for dental abscesses
When Should I Seek Emergency Dental Care Near Me?
We urge you to call our emergency dental office if you have any of the following symptoms. We will get you an appointment to see one of our emergency dentists as soon as possible during routine office hours. Depending on your emergency, we will try to get you in the same day you call.
Broken or Fractured Teeth: Broken or fractured teeth require emergency dental care. If a sharp edge is cutting the inside of your mouth, put dental wax over it until we can see you.
Knocked-Out Teeth: A dentist may be able to save the tooth if you act quickly. Locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown and rinse it off. Gently try to reinsert the tooth or place it in a glass of milk. Call our office for instructions.
Severe Toothache Pain or Pressure: Particularly severe toothache pain or pressure will have you frantically searching online for “emergency dental care near me.” Please call our office for the first open appointment and one of our emergency dentists will diagnose and treat the problem.
Tooth Sensitivity: Minor tooth sensitivity isn’t an emergency, but you should seek emergency dental services for sudden, severe tooth sensitivity. You could have gum disease, a cracked tooth or you may grind your teeth at night and not realize it.
Dental Decay (Cavities): Dental decay can be painful. Call us for emergency dental care and one of our dentists can remove the decay and fill the cavity.
Abscessed Tooth: When you have an abscessed tooth, your tooth has a pocket of pus in the pulp of your tooth from a bacterial infection. Please contact our office to have one of our emergency dentists treat the infection and relieve your pain. Do not delay treatment as the infection can spread and cause serious complications.
Lost or Loose Fillings: Lost or loose fillings can cause pain and sensitivity. One of our emergency dentists can see if there is decay underneath a loose filling, which can loosen your tooth’s grip on the filling.
Broken Crowns or Lost Restorations: It’s important to have lost or loose crowns and restorations repaired or replaced to avoid tooth sensitivity and damaging the underlying tooth. If you can get a loose crown off easily, remove it so you don’t accidentally swallow the crown.
Orthodontic Pain or Injuries: If you have orthodontic pain or injuries, such as pain from a loose bracket or a stray wire, our dentists can help.
Tooth Enamel Worn by Teeth Grinding: If the tooth enamel is wearing off your teeth because you grind them and your teeth are sensitive, our dentist can fit you with a night guard to avoid further damage.
Sinus Pressure: Sinus pressure can cause a toothache in your back teeth, as can other problems, such as impacted wisdom teeth. Our dentist can determine the cause of your tooth pain.
How Should I Handle More Urgent Dental Emergencies?
If your symptoms are more critical than the ones mentioned above, call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room for help. Signs that you should seek immediate care include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding from your mouth
- Serious trauma to your face, jaw or mouth
- Severe, sudden swelling
How Much Will Urgent Dental Care Cost?
Each patient has unique needs, therefore, our fees vary. When you meet with one of our emergency dentists, he or she will explain the emergency dental care
you need and the costs associated with the treatment. We accept many dental insurance plans and major credit cards. We also offer financing options because we understand that dental emergencies are an unexpected expense. Call our emergency dental office for more information about the payment methods we offer and the insurance plans we accept.
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What Do I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency on a Weekend?
If you cannot wait until regular office hours, call your primary care provider, 911 or visit the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are certain that you can wait until we have office hours, we will do our best to get you an appointment with one of our emergency dentists in Bloomington as soon as possible. If our schedule allows, we will get you in the same day you call. If you’re uncertain about the severity of your emergency, head to the closest emergency room to be safe.