In dentistry, prevention is always the best way to treat dental problems. But sometimes that isn’t an option. Whether you’re suffering from oral pain because of tooth decay or an injury, Yellowstone Family Dental can provide relief. Our Billings, MT dentist has same-day appointments for your dental emergency.Dr. Matthew Larsen on dental emergencies Read Transcript
One of the things that I've really liked about having multiple doctors in the practice is our ability to handle emergencies. I spent about 10 years as a single practitioner in my own office with my hygienist, and there were times where it was just impossible to get somebody in on an emergency. And when somebody's in pain, especially if they're one of your patients, you've got to be able to see them and you got to be able to see them as soon as possible.
And so, to be able to have some extra room—we have extra operatories, we've got extra doctors—it really has freed us up where if we have a patient that has an emergency, typically we can bring them right in. I mean, if they're in pain, our question is, "How fast can you be here? How fast can you come in and see us? And let's see what we can do to help you out." I feel like we've become very good at dealing with emergencies or pain that people have.
When you call, our first question will be, “How soon can you get here?” Our care is always patient-focused, and that means doing whatever we can to get you out of pain today. We can restore damaged or missing teeth and possibly even give you a same-day crown! Call us now at 406-206-9889.
Possible Symptoms of an Emergency
A dental emergency isn’t the same as a medical emergency. While the emergency room may expect you to be in immediate danger, our only requirement is that you think your issue is an emergency. If you’re in pain or have dental discomfort, you are entitled to get out of both!
Whether you’re in pain or not, there are a few other ways to identify a dental problem as an emergency:
- A loose tooth or knocked-out permanent tooth
- Bleeding from your gums, lips, or tongue
- Injury to your mouth, including a cracked or broken tooth
While we definitely consider bleeding from the mouth to be a dental emergency, bleeding that will not stop is a medical emergency. If your mouth is bleeding and will not stop, please visit an emergency room as soon as you can.
Pay attention to your dental health and make it a priority to visit our dentists for urgent care. Pain does occasionally go away, but that doesn’t mean your problem has been solved. It often means that your tooth has died and that a worse infection is on the horizon. We can treat whatever has happened and ensure it doesn’t get worse.
And if you are enduring pain and discomfort because you’re afraid of the dentist, we can help! We have a low-stress atmosphere and three safe sedation options. Call Yellowstone Family Dental now at 406-206-9889 if you need a same-day emergency appointment.