When Tooth Trauma Strikes

How often have you bitten into something crunchy only to feel a sudden, unexpected pain in your mouth? Or maybe you’ve taken a hit during a pickup basketball game, leaving you clutching your jaw in agony. The thing is, dental emergencies don’t care about your schedule. They strike without warning; when they do, you need expert help—and you need it fast.

That’s where Dr. Jake Beus and the Main Street Dental and Implants team come to your rescue.

Do You Need Emergency Dentist’s Care?

Look, not every oral issue requires an emergency visit. But there are certain situations where you can’t afford to wait. If you’re experiencing any of the following, it’s time to call Dr. Beus and his team:

  1. Knocked-Out Tooth – Whether a sports injury or an unfortunate accident, a knocked-out tooth needs immediate attention. The sooner you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
  2. Severe Toothache – If you’re in extreme pain and over-the-counter remedies aren’t helping, it could be a sign of a more serious issue. Don’t play the waiting game; your teeth are too important.
  3. Cracked or Broken Tooth – Cracks and breaks can expose your tooth’s nerve, leading to unbearable pain and potential infection. Our emergency dentist team will handle this situation with care and expertise.
  4. Lost Filling or Crown – Losing a filling or crown can be more than a cosmetic issue. It leaves your tooth vulnerable to further damage and decay. Let us fix it before it becomes a bigger problem.
  5. Dental Abscess – This infection, usually at the root of a tooth or in the space between your teeth and gums, can be excruciating and harmful if left untreated. We’ll get you back on track to a healthy smile.

Your Emergency Dentistry Lifeline

When tooth trauma strikes, you don’t have time to sit around and hope for the best. Wouldn’t it be comforting to have a team of experts ready to treat your issue quickly, effectively, and with the care you deserve?

At Main Street Dental and Implants, we’re more than just your average dental practice. We’re your lifeline in the world of emergency dentistry. With Dr. Jake Beus at the helm, you can trust that you’re in capable and compassionate hands.

So, when disaster strikes, don’t hesitate. Call us immediately, and let us be the lifeline that brings your smile back to life.


Frequently Asked Questions

What's considered a dental emergency?

Ah, dental emergencies – the unexpected curveballs life likes to toss our way. In a nutshell, a dental emergency is any situation involving your pearly whites, gums, or mouth that just can’t wait. Some common examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Severe tooth pain or discomfort that prevents you from eating, drinking, or sleeping
  • A knocked-out or loose tooth
  • A broken, chipped, or cracked tooth
  • Bleeding or swelling of the gums or other soft tissues in the mouth
  • An abscess or infection in the mouth or jaw
  • Injuries to the mouth, jaw, or face

Basically, if it’s causing you serious discomfort, bleeding, or has the potential to do some lasting damage, it’s time to give your friendly neighborhood dentist (that’s us!) a ring.

When should I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Okay, we get it. Dental emergencies are no picnic, and sometimes you’re just not sure whether to head straight to the ER or call your trusty dentist. Fear not—we’ve got you covered.

So, when should you go to the ER for a dental emergency?

In a nutshell, if you’re dealing with any of the following situations, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and race to the nearest emergency room:

  • Uncontrollable Bleeding – If your mouth is gushing blood and you can’t seem to stop it, the ER is where you need to be. This could be life-threatening, so don’t hesitate.
  • Severe Swelling – Massive facial or oral swelling can block your airway and make it tough to breathe. Get yourself to the ER ASAP to prevent serious complications.
  • Trauma to the Face or Jaw – Accidents happen, but if you’ve taken a blow to the face or jaw that’s causing intense pain or disfigurement, the ER can help assess and treat any fractures or injuries.
  • Skull Trauma and Potential Brain Injury – If your dental emergency involves a forceful impact to the head that could result in skull fractures or potential brain injury, don’t mess around. The ER has the necessary equipment and expertise to evaluate and manage this critical situation.

    Remember, when in doubt, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If your gut tells you it’s an ER-worthy situation, listen to it.

But for most dental emergencies, Dr. Jake Beus and the Main Street Dental and Implants team are ready and waiting to save the day (and your smile).

What should I do if I knock a tooth out?

Ouch! Knocking a tooth out can be a real nightmare. But don’t panic—we’ve got the quick and dirty rundown on what you should do to increase the odds of saving that precious pearly white:

Pick It Up – Hold the tooth by the crown (the part you usually see), not the root. Touching the root can damage the delicate cells needed for reattachment.

Rinse It Off – Gently clean the tooth with water, but don’t scrub or use soap. We’re going for a quick rinse, not a deep clean.

Try to Reinsert – If you’re feeling brave, try to place the tooth back in its socket. Bite down gently on a clean cloth to help keep it in place.

Keep It Moist – If you can’t reinsert the tooth, store it in a small container filled with milk or your own saliva. Time is of the essence, so don’t let it dry out.

Call Your Dentist ASAP – Now’s the time to reach out to your dental superhero, like Dr. Jake Beus and the Main Street Dental and Implants team. The sooner you get professional help, the better your chances of saving your tooth.

So there you have it—your action plan for a knocked-out tooth. Stay calm, act fast, and remember that your dental pros are always here to save the day (and your smile).

What can I do to stop the toothache pain?

When a toothache rears its ugly head, it can feel like pure agony. But don’t lose hope—we’ve got speedy solutions to help you soothe that pesky pain and reclaim your smile:

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers – Grab some ibuprofen or acetaminophen for temporary relief. Follow the dosage instructions, and remember: this is just a Band-Aid, not a cure.

Cold Compress – Apply a cold pack to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. The chill can help reduce inflammation and numb the area.

Saltwater Rinse – Swish a warm saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) around your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Repeat as needed for some soothing relief.

Clove Oil – Dab a tiny amount of clove oil on a cotton swab and gently apply it to the painful tooth. The eugenol in clove oil can help numb the pain and reduce inflammation.

But here’s the kicker: these are just temporary fixes. You’ll need a dental pro like Dr. Jake Beus and the Main Street Dental and Implants team to get to the root of the problem. Don’t let a toothache hold your smile hostage—seek professional help and show that toothache who’s boss.