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Experiencing a Dental Emergency in Lincoln, NE?

Please call 402-840-9783.


A dental emergency may result in discomfort, severe pressure, embarrassment, or frustration. Situations covered in our article that could lead to a dental emergency include:

1. Broken, Fractured or Cracked Tooth

2. Severe Facial or Gum Swelling

3. Wisdom Teeth

4. Lost Crown or Filling


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Dental Emergency: Broken, Fractured or Cracked Tooth

Broken or fractured teeth occur when you experience trauma to the tooth resulting in a chipped or split tooth. Depending on the severity of the break, there is a chance the tooth can be saved. Otherwise, the tooth may have to be removed. Learn more.

Can you go to the ER for a tooth? Is there a dental emergency room?

Your dentist is the obvious go-to when you experience a dental emergency, but in some situations, it may be best to go straight to the emergency room. As a general rule, you should go to the emergency room if you are experiencing unbearable pain or bleeding that cannot be stopped and your dentist’s office is closed.

Dental Emergency: Severe Facial or Gum Swelling

Inflammation can happen for many reasons, one of which is simply due to not flossing and brushing daily. When the leftover food and liquid consumed throughout the day lingers in the mouth, the sugars and food can start to affect the gums negatively. When the gums are exposed to this, the gums begin to redden and swell. As time progresses, the symptoms can intensify and alter the facial structure due to the swelling. It is essential to visit the dentist if you’re experiencing swelling in your gums.

How do you know if you have a tooth infection? Your emergency dentist in Lincoln, NE explains…

Signs and symptoms of a tooth abscess include:
1. Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the      jawbone, neck or ear.
2. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
3. Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting.
4. Fever.
5. Swelling in your face or cheek.
6. Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck.

Image of an x-ray showing a wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth can create severe pain in some patients, causing a dental emergency.

Dental Emergency: Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can cause severe discomfort when chewing, swelling gums, or shifting teeth. Wisdom teeth are unnecessary teeth that often crowd your mouth and other teeth as they come in. They can also be challenging to clean. It is usually a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed.

Dental Emergency: Lost Crown or Filling

Most of the time, a filling or a crown will fall out while eating or chewing gum. If no treatment is performed, the tooth with a missing crown or filling will become more sensitive or infected as debris and bacteria come in contact with it. Teeth can also shift if a crown is left out of the mouth for too long. Learn more.

Do you fear needing a new filling or crown? If you have dental phobia, we can help! Our team at Nebraska Family Dentistry, Coddington Dental, offers sedation dentistry.  Conscious sedation in dentistry is an extremely safe and effective way to make sure you get the dental treatment you need.

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Knocked-Out Tooth or Teeth: Can you fix a broken tooth? Your dentists in Lincoln, NE answer…

When a tooth has been knocked out or loosened, damage takes place in the mouth, surrounding tissues, and the nerves of the tooth. Those damaged tissues can support the tooth again if the tooth is placed back in its socket quickly enough after the incident. The severity of the break in the tooth determines if the tooth can be repaired and what measures it will take to fix it. Providing the tooth has enough natural tooth structure to support a restoration, a crown might be placed over the existing tooth to protect it. However, if the crack is to the nerve of the tooth or there is not enough tooth structure for the crown to adhere to, the treatment is to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. Look for an emergency dentist near me to learn more.

Do you have discomfort after your recent dental work? Curious about what an emergency dentist near me recommends?

If you need to contact our “24 hour emergency dentist near me” after-hours, please call us at 402-840-9783.



About the author, Dr. Jodi Day – Dr. Day is a gentle family dentist at Coddington Dental in West Lincoln, NE. Dr. Day has a real passion for dentistry and helping people. Dr. Day says. “My patients deserve personalized, quality dental care in an atmosphere they feel comfortable in. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, our team of caring professionals are committed to providing you with a comfortable and positive dental experience!” Book online 24/7 with Dr. Jodi Day.

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at his West Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, and Panama.


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