Do You Have A Dental Emergency?

How do you determine what constitutes an actual dental emergency?

The following is a short list of symptoms that fit the bill:

  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • A missing or loose permanent tooth
  • An injured jaw
  • Extreme toothache
  • Painful swelling
  • Suspected abscess (especially if accompanied by fever, swelling, and difficulty swallowing)

 

If you have any of these symptoms, call your dentist right away.

If you cannot reach your dentist, try another in your area or head to an emergency room. If you are unable to find transportation to the emergency room, call 911.

*Please note, a dental emergency that requires a visit to your dentist is different than a life-threatening emergency. If the wounded is experiencing unbearable pain, is unconscious, is bleeding profusely, or has difficulty breathing due to other injuries, call 911 immediately.

 

Symptoms that could wait a day or two until your dentist’s regular hours?

  • Dull toothache
  • Lost filling, crown or bridge (not accompanied by unbearable pain)
  • Broken or chipped tooth (not accompanied by unbearable pain)
  • Any other mild irritation

 

What to do before going in

When on the phone with your dentist, they will likely recommend some measures to take before you come in. This can include taking a pain-relieving drug, applying a cold compress to reduce swelling, and locating any missing fragments of tooth or dental appliances.

In some cases, the only way a tooth can be preserved is by following your dentist’s orders and getting seen as soon as possible.

When you visit your dentist, you will get either emergency treatment or a treatment plan with a temporary solution to return you back to a non-emergency state. Odds are, your dentist has seen your injury before and will know just what to do or whom to refer you to.

 

When in doubt, get checked out

We know you can feel silly crying wolf just to be told what you’re experiencing isn’t an emergency. But it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to our health. Heck — maybe you’ll even get a sticker or door prize out of your visit. That always makes things better, right?

In the case you need an emergency dentist in Anchorage, our staff members are here to address your needs as promptly as possible. In the case of a dental emergency, please feel free to call Ersland Family Dental at 907-276-1621. For all other inquiries about our standard services, you can also visit our Contact Us form.

-Ersland Family Dentistry

 

Source: What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? 

Sedation Dentistry: To Sleep or Not to Sleep: That is the Question | Patient Connect 365

 

As dental procedures have become less invasive over the past few decades, it’s no longer necessary to be put to “sleep” for a procedure that might have meant a noon-day nap not so long ago. What should you know about sedation dentistry? What are the benefits, and why is it used?

 

So if the dentist gives you the chills, be sure to ask them about oral sedation during your next appointment.

 

— Ersland Family Dentistry

 

Source: Sedation Dentistry: To Sleep or Not to Sleep: That is the Question | Patient Connect 365

The Perfect Road Map To Oral Health | Patient Connect 365

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy map you could use to chart your own dental health? With that in mind, here are a few mile markers you can use to stay on top of your health today, next year, and for years to come!

Staying on top of your oral health isn’t as hard as you think, and if you keep this schedule of events to watch out for handy, you’ll be ahead of most of your neighbors when it comes to a healthy mouth and body. Come to think of it … why not share it with them as well? They’ll thank you for the help!

— Ersland Family Dentistry

 

Source: The Perfect Road Map To Oral Health | Patient Connect 365

Why Your Snoring Isn’t as Innocent as You Believe | Patient Connect 365

If the sonorous chorus of a loved one’s snoring has you at your wit’s end, rather than burying your face in your pillow and lambasting them in the morning for their motorcycle muffler cacophony, you may wish to suggest they see the doctor instead…

Is it Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is serious business, and shouldn’t be ignored. If you or anyone in your family is experiencing these symptoms, please come in for a consultation.

— Ersland Family Dentistry

Source: Why Your Snoring Isn’t as Innocent as You Believe | Patient Connect 365 

Cold and Flu Season: 5 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick | American Dental Association

When he’s feeling under the weather, ADA dentist Dr. Gene Romo says one thing always helps him feel a little more like himself. “Brushing my teeth when I’m sick actually makes me feel better,” he says. “My mouth feels clean, and in a way, I feel like my health is starting to improve.”

When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority—and that includes your mouth. “It’s important to take care of your dental health all year round, but especially when you’re sick,” Dr. Romo says.

— Ersland Family Dentistry

Source: Cold and Flu Season: 5 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick | American Dental Association

Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions) | American Dental Association

Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gotten that not-so-fresh feeling on a date, at a job interview or just talking with friends, you’re not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives.

There are a number of reasons you might have dragon breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious.

— Ersland Family Dentistry

Source: Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions) | American Dental Association

Thanksgiving Snacks Kids Will Crave Their Whole Lives | Patient Connect 365

In the United States, November is a month of celebration and change. Sundays are filled with football; plans for Thanksgiving preoccupy our minds; and for most of us, temperatures edge closer to freezing.

In the spirit of these two themes (celebration and change), we’re offering a few dead-simple, good-for-you food switcheroos to help you celebrate!

— Ersland Family Dentistry

Source: Thanksgiving Snacks Kids Will Crave Their Whole Lives | Patient Connect 365

5 Steps to a Flawless Floss | American Dental Association

Turkey caught in your teeth? Good thing the Friday after Thanksgiving is National Floss Day! Perfect your technique with this step-by-step guide.

We know we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth:

— Ersland Family Dentistry

Source: 5 Steps to a Flawless Floss | American Dental Association

What Causes Sensitive Teeth? | American Dental Association

“Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.”

Do you feel a twinge of pain when drinking coffee or breathing in cold air? If you answered “yes,” you may be dealing with sensitive teeth. Click on the link below for a great resource on what causes sensitive teeth and possible treatment options.

— Ersland Family

Source: What Causes Sensitive Teeth? | American Dental Association

How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile | American Dental Association

“Weddings mark such momentous days in our lives, and our smiles are a big part of them,” Ana says.

Interested in whitening your teeth before the big day? Check out this article by the American Dental Association to get some insider tips on brightening your smile, on a day you will smile a lot.

— Ersland Family

Source: How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile | American Dental Association