Emergencies

Regular dental care helps prevent inconvenient dental emergencies, however, dental emergencies can occur. Listed here are some of the more common dental emergencies and what you can do until you can get to our office. A good rule of thumb: if it hurts, do NOT wait to make an appointment. We will be happy to see you as soon as possible.

Toothache/Sensitive Teeth
A toothache or a sensitive tooth can be caused by several different types of problems. At times it is a sign of a dying nerve inside the tooth. Over-the-counter pain relief medication can temporarily relieve the pain. Contact us for an appointment as soon as you notice the problem. Slight pain, if left untreated, can progress into facial or oral swelling and severe pain. Commonly, tooth pain can be eliminated with endodontic treatment (root canal therapy).

A sensitive tooth may be due to exposed root, a leaking or defective filling, decay, a bite-related problem, or a dying nerve. See us as soon as possible for an evaluation.

Broken Tooth
Teeth with large fillings can easily break or fracture. Call us as soon as possible to have the tooth evaluated and restored. If the broken tooth is not treated, more serious problems can develop. Broken teeth may or may not be sensitive to air and temperature changes. Sensitivity and pain are not necessarily an indication of how badly the tooth is damaged.

Tooth Knocked Out
Place the tooth in water or a wet towel or cloth. Do not try to scrub or wash the tooth. Get the tooth and the patient to us immediately. The faster the tooth can be repositioned, the better the odds that the tooth can be saved. Time is crucial.

Object Stuck Between Teeth
Use dental floss to gently remove the object. Do not use sharp or pointed objects to push or pry the object from between your teeth. If the object does not come out easily, come to us for help.

Final or Provisional Crown/Bridge Falls Out
See us as soon as possible to have the crown recemented. If this is not possible, you can use a denture adhesive (Fixodent®, for example) that can be purchased without a prescription. Place a small amount in the crown and reseat it. Do not try to force it into place. It should not be difficult to put into place. When you cannot put the crown in correctly, save it, and bring it with you to your appointment. We will do the cementation. The reason the crown came out may make it impossible for the dentist to recement the old crown. That decision will be made during your examination.

Broken Partial or Denture
Bring the partial or denture here for repair. Do not try to glue the plastic yourself. Do not use Crazy Glue® or other similar materials.

Orthodontic Problems
If an appliance is loose or broken, give us a call. If a sharp wire is exposed, cover it with a piece of wax, gum, a small cotton ball¾anything to keep the sharp end from poking into the soft tissues.

Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Swollen or bleeding gums are a sign of an infection. The infection may be caused by a dying nerve inside the tooth or a periodontal (gum) problem. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. See us as soon as possible. The swelling may or may not be accompanied by pain. Either way, it needs immediate attention.

Here is a list of dentists that I know and trust if you are ever in need of help when you are out of town.

Arizona Scottsdale Glenn Hanf www.
California
Los Angeles Armen Mirzayan www
Mission Viejo/Newport Bch Rodger “Rod” Kurthy www
San Diego Dale Trudeau www
Santa Cruz John Coffey www
Tarzana/Encino Sameer Puri www
Thousand Oaks Donald J. Roth www
Florida
Bayonet Point/Tarpon Sprgs David Kimmel www
Bonita Springs Iván E. Terrero www
West Palm Beach Carlos Boudet www.
Longwood/Orlando Daniel T. Quevedo www
Maitland/Orlando Ramzi Matar www
Naples William K. Gibson www
Sarasota Mark Fleming www
Tampa Al Boholst www
Tampa/Temple Terrace Julio Maya www
Illinois Lake Forest Rich Rosenblatt www.
North Barrington/Chicago Janet Century www
Wheaton/Chicago Matt Brink www
Buffalo Grove/N. Chicago Mark Lind www.
Indiana
Elkhart Don McNamara www
Kansas Clay Center R. D. Hamel www.
Michigan
Hudson Ron Schalter www
Saginaw Alan Mead www
Minnesota
Minneapolis Erik Marksberry www
Missouri
Smithville/Kansas City Matt Garrison www
Nebraska
Omaha Ken Henley www
New Hampshire Merrimack Jini Shetty www.
New York
Canandaigua Jason Tanoory www
Niagra Falls Stuart Weinstein www
Snyder Mark Siegel www.
North Carolina
Charlotte Charles Payet www
Kenersville Morse & Doyle www
Raleigh Tarun Agarwal www
Raleigh Rebecca Schmorr www
Southern Pines Shannon McGee www
Sunset Beach George Jones www
Ohio
Newark Marshall White www
Columbus Grandview Dental Care www.
South Carolina
Charleston Tom Weir www
Conway Tommy Murph www
Pennsylvania
Bethlehem Howard Goldstein www
Stroudsburg Mike Esposito www
Texas
Spring/Houston Stephen Glass www
Houston

Houston

Richard Gervalis

MaryKaren Matt

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Utah
Pleasant Grove David Daynes www
Wisconsin
Sussex/Milwaukee Natalie Peterson www
Washington Issaquah (near Seatttle)

Redmond (near Seattle)

Renton (near Seattle)

Mike Scoles

Aditi Agarwal

Thomas Caspers

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International Network
Australia
Bargara, Queensland Lincoln Harris www
Canada Brantford (near Toronto) Michael Ling www.
UK
Doncaster, Yorkshire Pav Khaira www

Contact Us

  • Mendota Dental Associates
  • 720 Main Street
  • Suite 213
  • Mendota Heights, MN 55118

  • (651) 209-9219
Monday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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