Emergency Dentistry – Rochester, MN

Get Out of
Tooth Pain Fast!

Woman in need of emergency dentistry covering her mouth

If you’re experiencing a severe oral injury or significant pain, don’t wait – contact Zumbro Family Dental right away for assistance and guidance. Time is often of the essence in these situations, which is why we’ll do our best to see your case on the same day as your initial call. We can provide emergency dentistry in Rochester, MN for a variety of common dental emergency situations, including broken teeth, dislodged teeth, lost fillings and crowns, uncomfortable toothaches, and more. If you suspect that your jaw is broken or you’re experiencing severe bleeding that isn’t letting up, go straight to your emergency room and contact our dental office later on for assistance with rebuilding lost and/or broken teeth.

Why Choose Zumbro Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same Day Emergency Assistance
  • State of the Art Dental Technology
  • Comprehensive Dental Care in One Location

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Man in need of emergency dentistry holding cheek in pain

Before you begin addressing any dental emergency, it’s important that you contact our dental office directly and speak with an available team member. This way, you can schedule an appointment, ideally for the same day, and we can provide you advice for your issue. Until then, here’s what you should do before your emergency appointment.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

No single description can capture every possible dental emergency, although they are usually characterized by pain or notable damage to the teeth and/or gums. If you notice any of the symptoms below, call us immediately for assistance; even if immediate care isn’t required, it’s always better to treat potential dental problems sooner instead of later.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

Man discussing the cost of dental emergencies

Seeing a dentist for your emergency will make a big difference compared to not visiting at all. Depending on the extent of your emergency, you may only need a simple prescription to treat your infection. In other cases, you may need more advanced forms of treatment such as a root canal or extraction. By coming in to see our dental experts, you can confirm exactly what treatments you need, rather than wait and allow your condition to get worse!

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

Woman flossing to prevent dental emergencies

Thankfully, there are ways to prevent dental emergencies from occurring in the first place. When plain in contact sports, always make sure to wear a mouthguard. Avoid using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles, which can easily lead to chipped teeth.

The most important step you can take is committing to at-home oral care and routine dental visits. These habits will help you prevent decay and help you catch dental issues before they turn into emergencies.

Dental Emergency FAQs

A young woman seeing her emergency dentist in Rochester

You may have concerns regarding emergency dentistry. That’s natural  –  the situations where it’s needed are serious, after all! You’d understandably want to confirm that you get the proper care. As such, we at Zumbro Family Dental are here to help out: below are the answers to some oft-asked questions about dental emergencies. By reading them over, you’ll know what to expect from your emergency dentist in Rochester. If you don’t find what you’re after, though, don’t worry; just call our office for the details!

Will my toothache go away on its own?

Toothaches usually don’t fade on their own. (Unless the pain comes from around the tooth, like gum irritation.) You need proper dental treatment to get rid of them. To that end, booking a checkup with your dentist is best for settling things.

You see, a toothache is likely to get worse if left alone. The factors that can cause one are often harmful to your long-term health. You’ll thus want to rule them out with your dentist at once. If nothing else, the visit will confirm nothing is wrong.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

It might seem odd, but you’re better off skipping the emergency room for dental emergencies. Most ERs aren’t equipped to handle urgent oral care, as they lack the proper staff. At best, their doctors can only offer painkillers or antibiotics – things that wouldn’t solve your underlying issue. (The visit would also prove more expensive than seeing a dentist.)

That said, there are exceptions where an ER could be the better option. Issues where you’d need immediate medical attention include:

  • Jaw fractures and dislocations
  • Severe cuts or lacerations to the face and mouth
  • An abscess or infection that’s swollen to the point of affecting breathing or swallowing

What does throbbing tooth pain mean?

If you have throbbing tooth pain, your pearly white is likely inflamed or infected. Therefore, seeing a dentist at once is in your best interest.

With tooth inflammation or infection, bacteria reach your tooth’s sensitive inner area – its pulp. The result is that they irritate dental nerves, which then send pain signals to your brain. Without treatment, though, this pain is the least of your worries – you could lose your tooth or worse!

Still, there are other possible causes for throbbing teeth. The issue could stem from tooth decay or chronic grinding and clenching. Even if the source isn’t an infection, however, you’ll still want to rule out the possibility with a dental visit.

How long can a restoration be temporarily attached?

If you have a crown that falls out, you can temporarily reattach it. That said, you should see a dentist for treatment as soon as possible. A crown will only remain stable for a few days. For that reason, you must get it replaced (or reattached) by a dentist. You should avoid chewing with the affected tooth until that time.

On the other hand, a filling can’t be placed back in a tooth at all. You’ll have to keep from using the pearly white while waiting for a new one.