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Westgate Dental

Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry services offered in West Des Moines, IA

Dental emergencies tend to arise when you least expect them, but knowing where to turn can make a challenging situation easier to manage. At Westgate Dental in West Des Moines, Iowa, Colin Odland, DDS, Ryan Langel, DDS, Jeremy Flinkman, DDS, and the rest of the team offer advanced emergency dentistry services to keep your smile as healthy and happy as possible. Call to see if a same-day visit is available, and remember that online booking is always an option for less urgent scheduling needs.

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is a mode of practice that addresses acute dental needs. One way to think about whether emergency dental care is the right option for you is to consider whether your dental issue can wait to be seen during a normally scheduled office visit. If the answer is “no,” then emergency dentistry might be a great fit. 

There is no need to struggle with the discomfort and anxiety of dental issues when help is readily available. The team at Westlake Dental offers comprehensive emergency dentistry services, and the dentists who perform these treatments find it deeply rewarding to deliver lasting relief to those in need.

What are some issues that bring people in for emergency dentistry services?

The dental professionals at Westlake Dental bring a wealth of training and experience to their practice. Emergency dental care offers solutions to a wide range of dental care needs. 

Some of the dental health problems that bring people in for emergency care include:

  • Lost or broken crown
  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Severe dental pain
  • Painful and inflamed gum tissue
  • Signs of infection
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
  • Object lodged between teeth or in gum tissue
  • Abscess
  • Jaw swelling

These are just a few examples of emergency dental conditions that the team at Westgate Dental routinely treat. 

How should I respond to a dental emergency?

It’s easier said than done, but remaining calm is one of the most important things you can do in the immediate aftermath of a dental emergency. If your dental issues resulting from a traumatic or sports injury, assess your immediate surroundings and leave the scene if your safety is a concern.

Cold compresses or ice packs can help reduce pain and swelling. If you’ve lost a tooth, carefully pick it up without touching the root portion. If possible, place it back within the socket or in the space between your cheek and gums. Placing the tooth in a container with a small amount of room-temperature milk is also helpful. 

Westlake Dental offers same-day emergency dental services. Call the office to explain your circumstances and determine your next steps. Online booking is also an option for less time-sensitive scheduling needs.