Emergency Dentistry - East Millinocket, ME
Broken Tooth? Toothache? We’re Here to Help!
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, leading to serious inconvenience and fear. If you or a loved one needs relief fast, the Katahdin Family Dental team is here to help. We do our best to accommodate urgent oral injuries and/or pain as soon as possible, often even on the same day as your initial call. We can also provide guidance and first-aid tips over the phone if you’re not able to travel to our practice right away. Don’t wait – contact us in East Millinocket!
Why Choose Katahdin Family Dental for your Emergency Dentistry
- Experienced, Compassionate Dentist & Team
- Fast Scheduling for Emergency Cases
- The Latest in Digital Technology & Comforts
Dental Emergencies Due to Accidents & Facial Trauma
Whether you’ve stumbled down the stairs at work or been hit in the face with a basketball while at the gym, physical injuries can leave teeth badly damaged, loosened, or even knocked clean from the mouth altogether. In these dire cases, fast intervention is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Delaney’s office for further instructions, and here are some tips for what to do in the meantime:
- If a tooth has been dislodged, do you still have it? If so, try to gently place it back into its original socket and hold it in place. Otherwise, put it in a container of preferably milk or your own saliva – the goal is to keep it as moist as possible.
- Don’t wait to reach out for help, as the window for reimplantation is a slim one.
- If you’ve broken a tooth, collect any large pieces. The use of a cold compress can keep facial swelling to a minimum.
Are you experiencing excessive pain or sensitivity in a particular part of the mouth? These “toothaches” are typically signs of advanced infections, but they may also be caused by a piece of food or foreign debris that’s wedged in an unfortunate place. To rule out the latter possibility, floss and rinse thoroughly. If the discomfort persists, reach out to our East Millinocket location to schedule a visit. While it is safe to take Aspirin or a similar painkiller in the meantime to manage the symptoms, DON’T place it directly on your gum tissue or the tooth surface, as it may cause further harm.
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
At Katahdin Family Dental, emergency patients are always welcome! Dr. Delaney has years of time-tested experience and advanced training that comes in handy during these serious situations, and she utilizes the latest technologies in the dental field (including digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and 3D Cone Beam Imaging to name a few) in order to ensure that any provided treatment is precise, comfortable, and comprehensively successful. Our goal is to treat emergencies as soon as our schedule allows – you’ll never be left waiting days or weeks for an appointment!
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy may have a “scary” reputation, but what most patients don’t realize is that this highly successful service can often revitalize severely infected teeth and help them stay a part of your natural smile for many more years to come. Dr. Delaney will clean out diseased tissue and harmful bacteria from within the dental structure with special instruments before sealing it shut. A custom-made restoration (typically a crown) will be placed over the treated tooth as a finishing touch to protect it and help it function properly once more.
Dr. Delaney will always strive to rescue and preserve natural teeth, even following severe injuries and infections. That said, the ultimate need for an extraction may still be an unfortunate reality, despite our team’s best efforts. We will help patients stay as comfortable as possible throughout this procedure and start working with them immediately on a replacement solution (if needed) so that any time spent without a fully functioning smile is kept to a minimum.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Extracting natural teeth from the mouth will never be Dr. Delaney’s first choice for treatment, but there are certain situations and circumstances where it’s the best way to protect a patient’s health and quality of life. This is never truer than when the fated third molars (“wisdom teeth”) arrive on the scene.
Wisdom teeth will typically start emerging into the mouth between the ages of 16 and 22, but there is rarely enough room for them to fit in properly. As a result, overcrowding, impaction, and higher risks of infection are likely.
Our team will closely monitor the ongoing development of wisdom teeth in younger patients through X-ray technology. If complications seem likely, Dr. Delaney may recommend an extraction for safety purposes. Sedation dentistry is available upon request to help a patient feel at ease throughout the procedure.