Emergency Dental Services – Omaha, NE
Paul Krause Dental offers emergency dental care to our Omaha clients because we know that dental emergencies can happen at any time, and can be incredibly serious. That means our staff will do everything possible to see you as soon as possible and address your pain at that very appointment. Whether you have something as severe as a toothache or as simple as a chipped tooth, we will prioritize your needs and offer you treatment as soon as possible. We want our clients to feel as little discomfort as possible and want to ensure you are able to eat, speak, and smile with ease.
A toothache is normally caused by decay entering the nerve area and creates a very painful situation. Toothaches don’t always result in a root canal and can be fixed with changing up your toothpaste, eating habits, or by filling a tiny crack in your tooth. The most extreme toothache results in a root canal operation.
In the time between the pain and getting in to see a dentist at Paul Krause Dental, there is a temporary sedative filling that can be found in the dental section of most drug stores. Place this over the “hole” to help alleviate symptoms. Do not place aspirin on the tooth. A numbing agent such as Orajel can also be placed on the tooth for temporary relief of dental pain.
In the case of a minor toothache, an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or Aleve will help alleviate dental pain better than Tylenol or aspirin, as long as you do not have any allergies to these drugs or are not taking any other medications that may have side effects with ibuprofen or Aleve.
Mouth swelling can be due to an oral infection. If you are experiencing mouth swelling, contact Paul Krause Dental immediately. We will be able to provide you a solution over the phone or if need be, can schedule an emergency appointment for you to come in. If the swelling is causing you difficulty breathing or causes your eye to become swollen, go directly to the hospital. It is likely you will need IV antibiotics. While your mouth is swollen, never put heat on a swollen area. This may cause the infection to spread more quickly. Often antibiotics will most likely be given and need to be taken as prescribed.
After the swelling is addressed, there is usually an underlying dental issue like an infected tooth which needs a root canal or an extraction. We oral hygienist will be able to educate you and perform the necessary work to prevent the swelling in the future.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
If there is no tooth pain or sensitivity, it is likely the fracture does not involve the nerve or that the tooth may already be root canaled.
If you do experience dental sensitivity, you can get a temporary sedative filling at your local drug store to place over the area to help with sensitivity until you can get into our office.
If the tooth fracture is large it may require a crown to be placed over the tooth.
If the fractured tooth is small it may only require the area to be smoothed, or for a filling to be used to replace the lost tooth structure.
Tooth Knocked Out
If the tooth is accidentally knocked out, and it is a permanent tooth, putting it back in is possible. An oral hygienist from Paul Krause will need to be involved. Until then, handle the tooth by the crown and not the root portion.
Carefully rinse the tooth with cold water but do not scrub the tooth or touch the root.
Try to re-implant the tooth immediately by putting the root back into the socket. You will know that you are finished when the tooth lines up with the rest of the teeth.
If the above is not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and try to see a dentist within an hour. For after-hours emergencies, please call our office directly at 402-334-9239.