Center for Smile Design
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Dr. Michael S. Johnson & Dr. James O'Connell
117 N Washington Street Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203
Phone: (701) 746-1481

Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care

At Center for Smile Design, LTD, we understand that emergencies happen. Our experienced and compassionate team of dental professionals proudly serve people and families from throughout the Grand Forks area. When you have dental emergency, rest assured that you can can rely on Dr. James O’Connell to be there for you and your family.

Dental Emergencies During Office Hours

If you are experiencing unexpected dental situation during regular office hours, call our office at (701) 746-1481. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible. We help you to get out of pain and plan next steps to resolve your issue.

After Hours Emergency Dental Care

If you are experiencing a dental emergency when our office is closed, please do not hesitate to contact us. Call (701) 746-1481 and we will help to triage your situation and get you the help you need.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 for immediate medical help, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Helpful Tips During A Dental Emergency

To be as prepared as possible for a dental emergency, we provide some tips for specific types of dental crises that you can do before you are able to see our James O’Connell, DDS dentists:

Toothache

Taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) (if you are not allergic) can help alleviate pain. You can also apply ice for 10-20 minutes every hour for severe pain.

Mouth Sore

Applying an over-the-counter medicine, like Orajel or campho-phenique, will pose as a bandage-like film over the sore.

Bleeding After An Extraction

If your bleeding is substantial, place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure. If bleeding continues, soak a tea bag in water, put it inside a thin gauze pad, and apply pressure for one hour.

Bitten Tongue Or Lip

Apply ice or pressure to the area to decrease the swelling or bleeding. If your laceration is deep (larger than ¼ inch) or if the pain persists, call our office.

Fractured Tooth

Place a piece of soft wax where the chipped area is, and then schedule an appointment with us. Place the pieces of your chipped tooth in a cup of milk, or in water with a pinch of salt.

Tooth Knocked Out

If you cannot put the tooth back in place and hold it there while rushing to come see us, then you can put it in a cup of milk or water, and come see us immediately.

Fractured Jaw

Do not move your jaw and seek immediate medical help at your nearest hospital emergency room.