In the dictionary, the word emergency is “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.” Dr. Kalina and his team know that a dental emergency can be all of these and more—frightening, unsettling and a threat to your smile and your oral health. For this reason, Mankato emergency dentist Dr. Kalina is ready to help you or a loved one manage whatever dental emergency you are facing. You can count on us to treat you with expertise, compassion and genuine care.
What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency
As with any emergency, the best way to react is with calm. Doing this might not always be easy. Therefore, we recommend you have a plan in place. The first step is to call our dental office in Mankato immediately at (507) 625-2021 and tell one of our staff about your emergency. We will then be able to offer advice about how to handle your emergency until you arrive at our office. If necessary, we can schedule a same-day emergency appointment.
The Pain of a Toothache
One of the most common dental emergencies that Dr. Kalina sees is a toothache. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Therefore, you should never play the “wait and see” game with a toothache. In some cases, the pain may be telling you that one of your teeth has an infection deep inside. To remove the infection and preserve the tooth, Dr. Kalina will need to perform root canal therapy. This can be done in our office with local anesthesia.
What to Do for a Broken Tooth
If you break a tooth, Dr. Kalina will need to examine you. Different breaks require different kinds of treatment. Do you have the broken portion of your tooth? Then bring it with you when you come to our office. Dr. Kalina may be able to use it to rebuild your tooth. A serious break might cut into the pulp chamber, exposing sensitive nerve tissue. For this type of injury, root canal is also necessary.
A Knocked Out Tooth
The most obvious of all dental emergencies is a knocked out tooth. If you have the tooth and can arrive at our office within 30 minutes, then Dr. Kalina may be able to replant the tooth. Try to touch only the crown of the tooth and hold it in the socket. If this is not possible, then place the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk or a mild saline solution. This will preserve the tooth’s natural pH balance.
Call Our Office Immediately
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned emergencies, or if you have another dental matter that needs urgent attention, then contact us at (507) 625-2021. Dr. Kalina provides emergency dentistry to Mankato and the surrounding communities.