Dental emergencies often have a way of occurring after regular business hours. When these situations arise, it is important to seek care from a trained professional. An emergency dentist can treat urgent issues to alleviate pain and prevent conditions from becoming worse. At our Omaha, NE office, Drs. Mack E. Greder and Jennifer Greder can treat a variety of issues that require urgent attention. Call us now at (402) 558-6220 if you are experiencing a dental emergency. We have an on-call answering service operating 24 hours a day that always places you in touch with a person. We provide weekend emergency services, and will always try to see emergency cases the day they call.
When to Get Emergency Dental Care
A variety of issues warrant immediate attention from a dentist. But how do you know when emergency dental care is needed? The following circumstances call for immediate care:
- A chipped or broken tooth: A tooth can fracture due to trauma, such as biting down on something hard, or sustaining blunt force trauma. If this occurs, it is imperative that you seek the help of an emergency dentist. There is a chance that your broken tooth can be restored. Find and save the broken portion of the tooth, if possible, and bring it to our office.
- A knocked-out tooth: There is a chance that the tooth can be replanted. Be sure to breathe and gather composure first. Next, call us. If you can locate the tooth, rinse it off (without touching the roots) and store it in a container of saltwater or milk. For any bleeding, suppress it with a warm damp cloth and follow any guidelines you are given by phone until the dentist can see you.
- A broken or chipped crown: A lost crown is a dental emergency. Until you can see your emergency dentist, you may reattach the crown with denture adhesive found in any drug store. In a pinch, you can use a dab of toothpaste instead of denture adhesive.
- Soft tissue injuries: If you were involved in an accident that caused lacerations to your lips, cheeks, tongue, or other soft tissues, rinse your mouth with water and apply pressure to slow bleeding. Call us for further instructions.
- Dental abscess: A dental abscess is serious and requires immediate attention. Abscesses can range from a cyst near the root of the tooth to a noticeably swollen jaw.
Greder Dental understands that accidents and injuries can happen in the middle of the night, early in the morning, on vacation, weekends, and other “off-peak” times. We make ourselves accessible when the unexpected happens. For the prompt, cost-effective, and efficient dental care you need, Greder Dental has emergency dentists ready. Some of the emergency services provided by our doctors include:
- Toothache relief
- Inflamed, swollen and sore gum therapy
- Dental abscess treatment
- Repair of chipped, broken or knocked-out teeth
- Repair of broken or chipped crowns
- Relief from swollen jaws
What to Do While Waiting to See An Emergency Dentist
It is important to take a breath, phone Greder Dental, and make an appointment at the earliest time possible. In the meantime, we recommend that you:
- Save any and all chipped or broken fragments. Take the time to locate the tooth fragments, whether they fell on the floor, down a drain, or somewhere else. Once you have located these pieces, place them in a plastic bag or small container.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water. The warm water will be soothing and slow the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
- Apply a cold cloth, ice pack, or compress to the area in pain. The cold will relieve any swelling.
- Apply adhesives that can be easily removed by your emergency dentist. Denture adhesive is effective in temporarily holding a chipped crown in place until a dentist can provide treatment. Please do not ever attach a crown or a filling with “super glue.” The chemicals found in these products can cause infection and other serious conditions.
Contact Greder Dental Today
Greder Dental is a state-of-the-art office providing comprehensive emergency dental care. Dr. Mack Greder, Dr. Jennifer Greder, and our entire staff will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve. Call us right away at (402) 558-6220 if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency.