Emergency Dentist – Chaska, MN

Pain Relief Right When Your Smile Needs It

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Toothaches and mouth injuries can, and usually do, occur whenever you least expect them. When a sudden dental issue arises, you want to have someone you can call for high-quality, pain-relieving dental care. Our dentistry team at Chaska Dental Center is proud to be your family’s home for emergency dentistry. We work to get emergency dental patients seen right away so that you can enjoy pain-free smiles again. Call us immediately if you’re dealing with a pressing dental problem, so our trusted emergency dentist in Chaska, MN can help relieve your pain and restore your oral health.

Why Choose Chaska Dental Center for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Patients of All Ages Welcome
  • One-Visit Dental Crowns Available
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation to Soothe Anxiety

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  • Promptly schedule your visit – As soon as you call our dental office with a dental emergency, a member of our team will ask you questions to assess how quickly you need attention from one of our dentists. We’ll schedule an appointment accordingly, and we can also give you tips on managing your discomfort in the meantime.
  • Perform a dental exam – Once you get to our dental office, either Dr. Swingdorf will thoroughly evaluate your mouth, which may include capturing X-rays, in order to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem.
  • Plan out your treatment – After our dentists have identified the issue at hand, they can recommend a specific course of treatments designed to target the emergency at its source and prevent it from coming back later. We can also outline an estimated cost and timeline associated with your care.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, which can make it difficult to be sure whether you need treatment right away. In general, if any discomfort or unusual symptoms in your mouth are disrupting your daily routine, call us as soon as you can. Definitely get in touch if you or a loved one is suffering from one of the most common dental emergencies, listed below.

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Animated chipped tooth


Animated cracked tooth


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Sensitivity to
Hot & Cold

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Animated tooth with lost filling

Lost Filling
or Crown

Animated broken denture


Animated tooth loose in gum tissue


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Gums, Lip or
Tongue Injury

Animated jaw clenching

Jaw Pain or

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Something Stuck
Between Teeth

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

Man discussing the cost of dental emergencies

Every dental emergency is different; naturally, the cost of treatment can vary quite a bit between two patients, even if they have a similar type of emergency. Before we can give you a cost estimate, our dentists will need to evaluate your mouth and recommend the procedures that will best provide lasting relief for your symptoms. Once we’ve determined the best way to address your emergency, we’ll come up with ways of making it affordable, such as maximizing your dental insurance and helping you apply for CareCredit financing.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but taking a small number of precautions can go a long way toward minimizing the risk of a painful oral health problem. Make sure to:

  • Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind and clench your teeth while you sleep.
  • Meet with our dentists for a checkup every six months.
  • Brush and floss every single day.
  • Refrain from using your teeth to open packaging.

Root Canal Treatment

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Every tooth has a small bit of soft tissue inside it called the dental pulp, and whether due to an injury or decay, this tissue can sometimes become infected, which can lead to the mother of all toothaches. To relieve this pain, our doctors can remove the tissue with root canal therapy. Dr. Swingdorf enjoys doing root canals because it allows him to relieve a patient’s pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.

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Tooth Extractions

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While our number one goal is to always preserve our patients’ natural teeth, sometimes, the best course of treatment may involve removing one. This might be the case if:

  • A tooth is too damaged to be restored by any other means
  • Gum disease has damaged the bone supporting a tooth
  • A baby tooth won’t fall out naturally
  • Room needs to be created for either a denture or orthodontic treatment

In any case, we’ll use a gentle touch and a generous amount of local anesthesia to make sure if you need an extraction, you’ll be comfortable the entire time.

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Dental Emergency FAQs

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In an ideal world, you wouldn’t need to worry about dental emergencies. However, because we are not afforded that luxury, there are things we must do to minimize our risk. If you feel unsure of how you can do this or what to expect should an injury occur, our team at Chaska Dental Center is here to help. But before you ever need us for immediate assistance, we invite you to read through the following questions and answers. Here, you’ll find more information that can help you to take better care of your smile when faced with a sudden dental crisis.

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

When dealing with a nagging toothache while trying to sleep, you may find that you wake up feeling depleted and exhausted before the day even begins. Before going to bed, try keeping your head elevated so that the blood doesn’t rush to it throughout the night, causing more throbbing pain. Also, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimize any discomfort, and avoid anything that might be acidic, spicy, cold, or hard before bed. You can also try using a cold compress to relieve any aching or pain.

What does throbbing tooth pain mean?

This unpleasant feeling usually means that there is an infection inside the tooth. It can also be the result of inflammation. If a cavity or damage occurs, air can penetrate the area as well as bad oral bacteria. This means that if it reaches the innermost layer, the pulp, there is a good chance you’ll need root canal therapy to fix the problem. If left untreated, the pulp can become further irritated and an infection will spread among the nerves and nearby canals.

Throbbing tooth pain can also be the result of teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism).

Do I need to visit for minor chips to teeth?

Although a damaged tooth does require professional treatment, you may not need to see your emergency dentist in Chaska on the same day. When calling our office to speak to a member of our team, we will be able to determine how quickly you should come in to see us. The important thing to remember, however, is that a chipped tooth of any kind cannot heal on its own, so you will need one of our Chaska dentists to repair the damage. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to use dental wax to cover jagged edges.

What does chronic bad breath mean?

Usually, bad breath can be remedied with the help of good oral hygiene habits, chewing gum, or avoiding certain foods. But chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, cannot only be treated with the help of a trusted dentist.

If halitosis exists, you will likely have cavities, gum disease, or other types of dental infections. Smoking and poor brushing and flossing habits are typically the reason for bad breath, so if you discover that you’re dealing with bad breath to this degree, don’t wait to call our office and ask for help.