Emergency Dentistry - Woodbury, MN

Dental Emergencies Require Dental Expertise

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Compassionate Emergency Dental Care

Statistics show accidents impacting the mouth and teeth happen frequently to people of all ages. In 2019, more than 50,000 people visited U.S. hospital emergency rooms for dental injuries. Common causes of broken or knocked out teeth include car accidents, falls, workplace injuries, and sports incidents like pickup basketball games. When a damaged or infected tooth is left untreated, this increases the risk of the infection spreading. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, have a broken or knocked-out tooth, or any other painful dental symptoms, we recommend you contact Tamarack Hills Family Dentistry as soon as possible. Dr. Avi Matha is experienced in providing emergency dentistry in Woodbury, MN and can treat a comprehensive range of non-life-threatening dental issues in the office.

The Reasons to Visit a Dentist Instead of the ER

Although ER physicians are skilled at treating medical emergencies, they’re not familiar with dental care. They can triage any problem to stop bleeding, but can’t restore a damaged tooth. Likewise, if you visit an ER for a severe toothache, you’ll receive pain relief but the ER staff won’t be able to remedy the underlying cause of your pain. Remember, even if you go to an ER, you‘ll likely need to visit a dentist anyway. Seeing Dr. Matha for emergency dental care will save you extra pain, time, and money. Our team may be able to provide dental care the same day as your emergency, or as soon as possible the following day. We offer sedation dentistry so you don’t have to worry about experiencing additional pain related to a dental procedure.
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Common Dental Emergencies

Soothing Emergency Dental Care in Woodbury, MN


Acute Tooth Pain

When a toothache strikes, this can be debilitating. Being aware of warning signs and seeking prompt treatment can help prevent pain from worsening. Typically, warning signs include discomfort when biting down, sensitivity to heat or cold, and irritation when brushing or flossing. A toothache accompanied by swelling or fever often indicates a dental infection, which requires quick attention. If pain is caused by a fractured tooth, sometimes this can’t be repaired and the tooth must be extracted.


Broken Tooth

If you broke a tooth and there is no swelling or pain, you can wait until our office opens to schedule an appointment. If the tooth feels sharp on your tongue, try rubbing wax over the sharp area until we can see you. Some fractured teeth require same-day appointments, so we’ll do everything we can to work you into our schedule.


Chipped Tooth

Dental bonding is an effective and fast option to repair chipped teeth. This resin, tooth-colored material can be placed on top of your tooth, shaped, and hardened using a special dental light. We can complete this in one sitting, meaning you can walk in with a chipped tooth and leave with a fully restored one.


Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth was knocked out due to an accident or fell out after becoming loose, rinse it and put it in a cup of milk, not water. Taking this simple step increases the possibility of re-implanting the tooth back in your mouth. Ideally, re-implantation should be done within an hour of losing the tooth. If this happens to you during our office hours, come to our Woodbury, MN dental practice immediately.


Swollen Gums

Red, swollen, or tender gums can indicate a gum infection. You may have something stuck in your gums that can be removed immediately or gum disease that needs prompt treatment to prevent future damage. We’ll try to see you the same day you contact us.


Severe Tooth Decay

Severe decay is a common cause of tooth pain. To resolve this, we may need to perform an emergency tooth extraction or root canal. Sometimes, it’s also necessary to restore the tooth with a dental filling or crown. If this is the case, we can either complete this portion of the procedure immediately or schedule a second appointment to do so.


Broken or Fractured Dentures

Dentures can usually be repaired in our office the same day as your emergency. We’ll be able to better assess your situation when you call us to discuss what happened.

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Comfortable, Prompt, and Affordable Emergency Treatment

If you have any type of dental emergency, rest assured, our compassionate team provides prompt emergency dentistry in Woodbury, MN. During same- or next-day appointments, we’ll accurately diagnose the underlying cause of the problem, relieve your discomfort, and restore your tooth and smile. We’ll also discuss any other oral health concerns you might have. If you’re worried about affording emergency dental care since it’s unplanned, we work with dental insurance carriers to maximize your benefits. We also accept major credit cards, flex and health savings accounts, and partner with several third-party lenders to help you pay for unexpected emergency dental care within your budget.

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Dental Emergency or Medical Emergency?

If you were in an accident, you may have also incurred medical injuries, such as a concussion or facial laceration. If you’re experiencing neck/head pain or severe trauma, are bleeding uncontrollably, or feeling dizzy, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 so you can be assessed and/or transported to the nearest medical facility. ER or immediate care medical personnel are best equipped to treat these types of medical emergencies.

Experiencing a dental emergency?

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