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Like many businesses across the nation and world, dental offices have been directed to shut down their businesses during the stay at home orders. However, dental emergencies have the uncanny ability to happen during the worst possible times that is why Comfort Care Dental is providing emergency dental work in Pocatello and surrounding areas. 

Continue reading to learn more about what services our practice is able to provide during this time of uncertainty. 

From what constitutes a dental emergency and urgent dental care in accordance with both the American Dental Association (ADA) the CDC guidelines for dental work during COVID-19. 

CDC Guidelines for Dental Care During COVID-19

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At this time the CDC’s guidelines for dental care during COVID-19 are as follows:

In order to protect staff and preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, as well as expand available hospital capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. 

To better understand these guidelines we will walk you through what is considered an emergency and urgent dental care in Pocatello.

Emergency Dental Care in Pocatello

If you’ve ever had any tooth pain or needed emergency dental work in Pocatello then you know how badly you want the pain/issue taken care of-and fast! Our dental practice’s mission, aside from fixing the problem as quickly as possible, is making sure that all of our patients feel comfortable no matter what dental emergency they may be experiencing through sedation dentistry and the unwavering support of our team of experts. 

If you are experiencing any of the following emergency dental issues, it is critical that you contact an emergency dental care practice like Comfort Care Dental in Pocatello. Some of these issues may be able to be taken care of by your dentist while others, may require a visit to the ER:

  • Loose or knocked-out permanent teeth – If a tooth or multiple teeth are loosened or worse, knocked out from an injury or accident, you’ll want to retrieve the tooth as soon as possible to try and save it. If you’re able to locate the missing tooth, place the tooth and place it in a small bowl with milk and salt until you see your Pocatello emergency dentist. The same goes for teeth that are broken or become chipped. *The most important thing to remember is that teeth have a higher chance of being saved if you see your dentist within an hour of the accident.
  • Bleeding in the mouth that won’t stop – For this type of dental emergency, you may need to see an ER doctor. If your mouth is bleeding and won’t stop from an accident or injury and the bleeding is minor, feel free to contact your emergency dentist in Pocatello for advice. He or she will most likely advise you to see an ER doctor if the bleeding doesn’t subside. To control the bleeding until you are able to see a doctor, rinse your mouth out with saltwater, and apply pressure and gauze to the bleeding. Change the gauze as needed. 
  • Swelling and/or toothache – If your mouth is throbbing from a toothache and over-the-counter pain medication just isn’t cutting it, it’s probably time to call your emergency dentist! Furthermore, if you notice swelling along with a throbbing toothache, apply a cold compress to the affected area until you can see your emergency Pocatello dentist. 
  • Injured Jaw – Injured jaws are treated by emergency dentists and ER specialists alike. The severity of the jaw injury will determine where you need to go. If your jaw is throbbing and in pain, you can probably see your dentist. If your jaw is broken or you are unable to move your jaw (or only able to move it a little) it will probably require a visit to the emergency room.

Urgent Dental Care

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In addition to emergency dental care, urgent dental care visits can and should be treated during COVID-19.  According to the ADA, the following Urgent dental care, which focuses on managing conditions that require immediate attention to relieve pain and/or risk of infection, include:

  • Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
  • Pericoronitis or third-molar pain
  • Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
  • Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling
  • Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
  • Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
  • Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
  • Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

If you believe you need urgent or emergency dental care in Pocatello and your symptoms or injuries are not listed above, don’t hesitate to contact our office or 911. If you are in pain and need relief, we are here to help you. As Idaho’s number one leader for Sedation Dentistry, we pride ourselves in making our guests feel relaxed and comfortable no matter what may be happening. 

Our promise to all of our guests is to always make sure that you feel like family no matter if you visit our Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Rexburg, or Pocatello emergency dental locations.

Call us today, we are all in this together. 

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