Kyle D. Kern, DMD
Family & General Dentist located in Newberg, OR
When a dental emergency strikes, you can't afford to wait days for an appointment. You need medical help right away or risk losing your tooth. Kyle D. Kern, DMD, provides emergency dentistry services from his practice in Newberg, Oregon. If you’re in extreme pain or have any concerns about your teeth or gums, make an appointment today. Don't ignore mouth pain — for immediate assistance, call the office today.
Emergency Dentistry Q&A
What is emergency dentistry?
Unlike a minor issue or routine check-up, a dental emergency can't wait 24-48 hours to receive treatment. Emergency dentistry is a branch of dental care that treats any dental situation that could significantly worsen without swift medical attention.
When should you seek emergency dentistry treatment?
It's not always easy to tell whether you need emergency dentistry, especially if you're not in any pain. Dr. Kern and his team consider the following to be emergencies:
Lost crown or filling
A lost crown or filling can leave the nerve beneath the tooth exposed. Your provider replaces the crown and repairs any damage.
Bulging, swelling, or sore gums could indicate infection or disease. Untreated gum anomalies could lead to tooth loss.
Broken or cracked tooth
Once a tooth is cracked or broken, it becomes unstable and can cause nerve pain if the crack recedes into the tooth root.
A tooth can become loose through gum disease, decay, and injury. With prompt attention, your provider can attempt to reposition and stabilize it.
A knocked-out tooth leaves behind damaged blood vessels, tissues, and nerves, all of which need medical care. Sometimes, your provider may even be able to place the tooth back into the gum tissue, providing you access treatment within an hour of the tooth coming out.
If any of these have happened to you, call Dr. Kern’s office to make an emergency appointment. It could save your tooth.
How can you avoid emergency dentistry?
Accidents happen, but you can reduce the chances of needing emergency dentistry by taking a few precautionary steps.
Schedule regular check-ups
Twice-yearly dental check-ups catch the early signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and infection, all of which can lead to severe problems if left untreated.
Use teeth appropriately
Many people use their teeth when they can't open something by hand or deliberately bite down on hard objects, like ice. Teeth can't withstand this type of use, and you could cause long-term damage.
Stay safe during activities
Some activities carry a risk of facial injury. Always use protective equipment, such as mouth guards, helmets, and face shields whenever you do anything that compromises your mouth health.
Dr. Kern and his team provide emergency care to their patients no matter the time of day or night. If you have a dental emergency, call the practice to make an appointment right away.