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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

By on July 3rd, 2018 in Dental Emergency

At Lane Family Dental, we know that dental emergencies can bring your life to a stand-still. Even if you aren’t in pain, the anxiety of knowing that something is wrong with your tooth makes it hard to think about anything else. For this reason, we always make time in our schedule for dental emergencies. It doesn’t matter whether you are a first-time patient or an old friend; your emergency is our emergency. We will take the time to solve your problem, so you can get back to living your life.

Are you currently experiencing a dental emergency? Call Lane Family Dental of Wasilla, AK for an emergency appointment. Call 907-373-2200 today!

What Constitutes an Emergency?

Some of the more common dental emergencies include toothache, a broken tooth, dislodged dental work, or a knocked-out tooth. If you are in severe pain, we always consider the situation an emergency! Call us to tell us about your symptoms and we will make time in our schedule for you, the same day when possible.

A Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out and is in one piece, bring it to our office as quickly as you can. Call us on the way to let us know you are coming. Do not rinse or clean the tooth, but instead put it in a small container of milk or saliva. It is sometimes possible to reattach an avulsed (knocked-out) tooth if the connective tissues are intact. If you are bleeding from the socket, bite down on a clean wet cloth, but do not rinse and spit to clean the mouth. Do not try to replace the tooth yourself if there’s any way you can get to us in the next few hours. It’s always best to let your dentist put it back into its proper place.


Any toothache should always prompt you to call the dentist. If the pain is severe and interferes with your ability to eat, sleep, or maintain your other routines, we will try to see you the same day.

Severe toothaches are usually the result of an infected tooth. They may also be caused by cracks, failing dental work, or gum inflammation. If a decayed tooth is causing you pain, this means the infection has reached the nerve endings in the pulp chamber and the infection is capable of spreading to the bloodstream. It is critical that you visit a dentist if you have a toothache, because you may be at risk of developing an abscess in the gum tissue. This can result in the infection spreading to the rest of the body, and this can be fatal if neglected.

If your toothache is accompanied by facial swelling and/or fever, this means the infection has already spread outside the tooth and your health is being compromised. Call us immediately or get yourself to an emergency medical clinic right away.

If You’ve Been in an Accident

If you’ve had a tooth damaged or knocked out during an accident, you should always be seen by a doctor first. You may have lacerations or contusions that require medical attention. If you have any bleeding wounds to the face or mouth, go directly to the hospital and call us after you have been seen by a doctor.

Dental Emergencies in Children

Children should always be taken seriously if they complain of a toothache. Children are just as likely to suffer from cavities as adults, and a toothache may mean they need a dental restoration. If your child is in pain, look in his/her mouth yourself, and try to determine whether there is a dark spot on the tooth that can’t be brushed away. A dark spot means you are probably dealing with a cavity. If the tooth looks fine, floss the area to make sure the pain isn’t being caused by a piece of food lodged in the gums.

If your child has lost a baby tooth prematurely, do not try to put the tooth back into a his or her mouth. This may damage the adult teeth growing in your child’s jaw. Call us for an appointment if your child loses a baby tooth before it became loose on its own. Children need all their teeth for proper chewing and speaking, and it’s sometimes necessary to fit them with a prosthetic or spacer until the adult tooth grows in.

Home-Care for Toothaches

If you have made an appointment, there are some things you can do at home to make yourself more comfortable while you wait.

  1. Take over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
  2. Apply an ice-pack to the cheek. Do not put ice inside the mouth, however.
  3. Avoid eating foods that require chewing, biting or otherwise using the affected tooth.
  4. Brush and floss the tooth, to make sure there are no particles of food lodged in the cavity.
  5. Apply a small amount of eugenol (clove oil) to the tooth with a cotton swab. This is a natural anesthetic that may numb the tooth temporarily. Eugenol is often available at pharmacies and drug stores, sometimes in “toothache kits.”

A Broken or Dislodged Dental Crown

If your crown has come off, you should always try to replace it until your appointment. The tooth underneath the crown will be sensitive and it is more vulnerable to damage than your untreated teeth. You may be able to find some temporary dental adhesive at a pharmacy, but a small piece of sugarless gum can also be used to put the crown back into place. Call us for an appointment and tell us what your situation is. If the crown is in one piece, we can re-bond it to your tooth. If it is broken, we can fit you with a temporary crown while your new one is being made.

Are you having a dental emergency? Lane Family Dental of Wasilla, AK does not want you to suffer in silence. We always make emergencies a priority and will see you right away. Call 907-373-2200 today!

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Mark F
23:49 08 Jul 19
I have not been to a Dentist in roughly 20 years and now I have no choice as a result. I called Lane Family Dental first thing on a Monday morning and they asked me if I could be there at Noon which was surprising as I thought being a new patient I would have to wait at least a few days or more. They told me I could fill out all the new patient forms online which was also pretty cool, easy, and time saving for me. My biggest concern was that since I had neglected to go to a dentist in so long that I was going get judged or at least lectured but that was not the case. I was treated with respect and kindness by everyone I dealt with at Lane, they explained everything to me as we went through my appointment and gave me options for both treatment and payment. Now I feel like my teeth might actually have a chance to survive some more years. Lane Family Dental came highly recommended to me and in turn I highly recommend them to you no matter how long you have been putting it off. Thank you to everyone at Lane Family Dental!
Dr. Matt Bickel
20:01 21 May 19
Dr. Lane does a great job caring for his patients. Their comfort is his #1 goal. I highly recommend this office!
Talon Boeve
04:57 22 Apr 19
Best Dental Office Ever! Dr. Lane and his staff are truly exemplary. I actually look forward to my dental visits.
Jason Chan
05:52 22 Mar 19
Dr Lane is a very kind and compassionate dentist. He's very knowledgeable and informative when it comes to any dental questions. His staff are also just as knowledgeable and they provide excellent care. I would definitely recommend him to my friends!
Karen Ho
09:41 09 Mar 19
Dr. Lane is an amazing dentist with a great team. He goes out of his way to make sure his patients are comfortable and always puts in extra effort to ease their fears of dentistry. Very professional from front office to back assistant. Highly recommend.
Christian Turner
23:45 26 Feb 19
Jason, Chris & Jen did a great job and making this experience a pleasant one. Great customer service and great smiles. I enjoyed them informing me on what's going on with my teeth with x-rays and photos
Hilary Turner
18:10 17 Feb 19
My daughter and I really enjoyed coming to Lane Family Dental. The are fast and friendly and took the additional time to answer our questions and made sure we were taken care of. I will recommend them to everyone I know. Best dentist appointment ever!
golden pigs
03:06 16 Feb 19
The most amazing experience we as a family have ever had. The staff is very friendly and professional and the dentist actually came out and met us. This practice will be our dentist for life.
John Welch
15:22 12 Feb 19
Dr Lane told me what I could for my situation and gave me a few options and consequences of each. Nice guy.
Lori Logan
04:16 11 Feb 19
Dr Lane and the entire staff are so welcoming and will take their time to make sure you are comfortable. They are professional and always run on time, which is much appreciated. Amazing experience from great people who really care!
Christopher Sinick
18:02 09 Feb 19
Dr. Lane is awesome! He is very personable and is always willing to do whatever he can to make you feel comfortable just like you would in your own home. He also truly cares about you and puts in the extra time to get to know you and customize treatment to your needs. I couldn’t recommend him enough!
John Ha
19:18 07 Feb 19
If you're looking for a dentist, you need to go see Dr. Lane. He definitely makes you feel comfortable, puts you at ease, and you can see he really cares about keeping your teeth in top shape. His office was able to get me in right away and fixed up when I had an emergency with a front tooth (clumsy me!). Thanks doc!
Misty Severs
21:07 18 Jan 19
Always friendly and makes you feel comfortable!
Christine Starkweather
18:04 25 Nov 18
The staff were very welcoming! Dr Lane was able to remove my tooth and get me out of there in 45 mins.
Heather Tallman
00:13 10 Oct 18
Dr Lane Family Dentistry is absolutely wonderful! My kids love to go here! Friendly, great customer service, thorough cleanings!
Danielle Mettling
20:01 14 Aug 18
I have a great disliking for all things teeth related, but my experience was great. Look forward to working with this clinic on getting my teeth where they need to be.
cristina mcanulty
01:10 25 Jul 18
I had an issue come up after hours and I sent them a message via Messenger and they immediately responded and were able to fit me in today!!! I’m so thankful for their help, but most of all for their amazing customer service and care for patients. I would absolutely recommend them for all of your dental needs.
Jess Adams
02:25 21 Jul 18
Very professional and nice people. Facility and dental equipment new and up to date! 5 out 5 stars!????
Angela Lundvall
01:48 26 Jun 18
This is the second time I’ve gone here and I’m still blown away by the service and attention to detail. Prior to these guys, I used to dread dental visits. At this office, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We just had our first child three weeks ago and I had to bring him with. I hoped that he would sleep through, but of course he woke up as soon as I showed up for the appt. He was hungry, but instead of getting upset with sticking to time schedules, they encouraged me to make sure he ate enough and burped before we started. He was still fussy, so their receptionist (she is amazing) held him while their dental hygienist (she was also awesome) did my x-rays and then we tucked him in the chair with me during the cleaning. Love it! My teeth are super shiny clean and both this mamma and her baby are very satisfied customers. ^_^
Rebecca Abshire
20:31 15 Jun 18
I had so much built up anxiety from not going to regular dental check ups like I probably should have but the staff was phenomenal! They all made me feel comfortable, didn't judge me, and had great hospitality. The hygentist was sweet, and gentle. I have not experienced that in a long time. I'm actually excited to go back in a few months for another cleaning. From the time I walked in to the time I left I felt like I chose the right place to go.
Caroll Denton
03:09 15 Jun 18
I'm pretty self conscious about my teeth, when I went into Lane Family Dental I felt very comfortable, and welcomed as soon as I opened the door. The staff here are amazing! I also enjoy how customer based the office is with refreshments, massage chairs and Netflix. After 10 years of trying to find a good dentist, Dr. Lane is by far the best.
Ronald Chester
00:22 23 May 18
Al though I went a long time without teeth I am glad to have them now Dr Lane is very good he is the best dentist I have ever been to he cares about my teeth he didn't hurt me like some have in the past I would like to thank him and his staff they ate all caring and professional people I highly recommend his dental services thanks
Kim Washington
20:20 22 May 18
I have really truly tried to avoid all dentist's! But I love Lane Family Dentist!! Very Much Looking Forward to my next appointments!! Must Visit!! You Wont Be Disappointed ?!! 5'Stars!!
Adrian Hull
00:16 01 May 18
My husband and I recently found Lane Family Dental. We are both so pleased with their professionalism, modern equipment and outstanding care. The people at the front and Dr. Lane's dental assistant are bright, cheeful and professional as well. Living in Talkeetna we are so pleased they have two offices, one being in Willow which is quite convenient. Thank you Lane Family Dental for providing such great care to the Mat-Su Valley.
Jessica M.
02:11 28 Apr 18
Great atmosphere, staff, and dentist. I had a bad experience the last time I went to the dentist so I was petrified to go in but this place was totally relieving. Me and my family will always be coming here with our dental needs.
Ryan Hill
17:43 21 Mar 18
I have always had a wonderful experience with this office. Everyone is always nice and welcoming. The office is clean and beautifully decorated. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Macey Shapiro
19:53 05 Mar 18
The best dentist I’ve had in my 60 years. Absolutely impeccably clean facilities. New facilities. The latest techniques and strategies to provide excellent dental care. And most of all the least amount of pain I’ve ever felt at the dentist.
Paulette E
22:45 09 Feb 18
About a year or so ago I discovered Lane Dental. Due to circumstances in my life I hadn’t been to a dentist in a really long time. They were very caring and kind. Since then I’ve had some teeth removed and am currently having a partial made. They have been patiently working with me and my insurance. Asia has been wonderful to work with for my scheduling and Dr. lane has been so kind and gentle. His assistants have been a real pleasure also. Thank you to the entire staff ?
Jan Miller
17:14 02 Dec 17
Finally, a dentist I look forward to coming to. Great staff, lovely warm waiting area. Dr.Lane is gentle, kind and professional. He explains each process so you know what he is doing. My teeth look great after he fixed some chips in my front teeth.I highly recommend Lane Family Dentistry.
Douglas Gregory
01:07 30 Nov 17
Fantastic customer service! Everybody there is very friendly and easy to talk to. They explained everything that was going on with my teeth, provided a plan to get them back in good shape, and cleaned em up real nice. It may have been a while since my last trip to a dentist, but I don't remember the visits being so relaxing.
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