Posted on 04/14/2020 · Posted in Health Information from Affiliated Dentists, Information

Help! Where do I get emergency dental care services?

Did your husband get too into his lifting routine at the gym and chip a tooth with a free weight? Or maybe a crunchy picnic lunch on Picnic Point dislodged your crown. Or even if fear of visiting the dentist has resulted in increasing tooth pain, don’t panic. We can help!

At Affiliated Dentists in Madison, Wisconsin, we treat the following emergencies:

  • Swollen or infected gums
  • Abscessed tooth or general tooth decay
  • Broken dentures
  • Lost crowns
  • Chipped teeth
  • Loose fillings

Periodontitis is a serious condition where the gums have become swollen or even infected. Symptoms of periodontitis include: red or puffy gums, bleeding or pus-filled gums, receding gums, loose teeth, gaps between the teeth, bad breath, or pain while chewing.

Gum disease can be serious if put off. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontitis, please see us as soon as possible. Do not let fear keep you from seeking the necessary medical treatment. We will put together a plan to help your gums on the path towards healing.

Abscessed Teeth or General Tooth Decay

If you are experiencing pain, redness, or swelling around a tooth; fever; back or neck pain; or a bad taste in your mouth; you might have an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is one where a pocket of pus has developed as a result of an infection, usually caused by bacteria that has entered through a crack in the tooth or general decay.

If left untreated, the infection can cause serious damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues and jaw bone. If you suspect that you have an abscessed tooth or decaying tooth that could lead to an infection, please call us as soon as possible.

Broken Dentures

Daily wear, temperature fluctuations, uneven chewing pressure from slippage, and even acidity in food and beverages take their toll on dentures. If your dentures have broken from normal use or an accident, please see us as soon as you can. Depending on the issue, we can repair or replace your dentures. You might also want to discuss if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Lost Crowns

Crowns are protective caps that fit over teeth that have undergone decay or structural damage. Crowns may fall out due to trauma, exceptionally hard or sticky foods, or simply time. If these caps are lost, the vulnerable teeth underneath are exposed to bacteria and risk being subjected to further decay or infection.

If your crown falls out, please do not attempt to glue it back in yourself! This can result in infection or further tooth damage. Keep your crown in a safe place, if you still have it, and give us a call. If you suspect you swallowed it, call your medical doctor right away.

Chipped Teeth

Chipped teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem. Breaks expose the inside of the tooth to decay-causing bacteria. Even if your appearance isn’t a concern, a chipped tooth should still warrant a call to our office due to the new vulnerability of your tooth.

If you chip a tooth and still have the broken piece, keep it moist by placing it between your teeth and cheek or in a cup of milk and call us immediately. We may be able to repair the tooth or provide a cap or veneer for protection and to restore the tooth’s appearance.

Loose Fillings

Due to age, hard foods, teeth grinding, or trauma, fillings can become loose or fall out, allowing bacteria to enter in their place. A loose or lost filling is a dental emergency, due to the resulting pain and potential for serious infection. Please retain your filling if it does come out and call us right away so that we can remedy the issue.

We are dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients. If you are experiencing any of these dental emergencies, don’t suffer alone. We can help! Call us today. We offer general and emergency dental services in Madison, Wisconsin.

Typical Madison Dentist Hours

SundayClosed
Monday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
SaturdayClosed




Where Can I Get Emergency Dental Care Services? brought to you by:
Mark Gustavson DDS, Madison Dentist