Emergency Same Day Care

It is the goal of Dr. Allen and her team to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. If you are in pain or have a dental issue that needs immediate attention please contact our office.

We can answer any questions you may have or schedule a visit with Dr. Allen so that we can help figure out how we can get you and your mouth back on track.  When possible same day treatment can be done. Either way we will make sure your pain or dental issue is immediately addressed.    

I'm in Pain, Will I Need Root Canal Therapy?

If you have ever had a toothache, you likely understand what a relief it is to receive root canal therapy.  

Root canals have received a bad reputation over the years and are often thought of as a painful and lengthy procedure. However, times have changed and due to modern dentistry, newer techniques, and technology, root canal therapy is now a relatively comfortable experience. Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen's warm and caring demeanor also helps to put patients at ease during complex procedures like root canal therapy.

When the inner nerves of your tooth become infected or die, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth from extraction.

Some signs that mean you may need root canal therapy can be:

  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Pain with biting or pressure
  • Dull aches
  • A bad smell or taste in your mouth

If left untreated, the infection can spread through the roots of the tooth into your jawbone and cause a painful abscess. Dr. Allen can perform tests on a tooth to determine whether this treatment is necessary. 

It is important to note that an infected tooth cannot heal without treatment. The pain or other symptoms may go away for some time but will eventually return, and if you delay or decline root canal therapy, oftentimes the only other alternative is removal of the tooth.

Is the Procedure Painful?

These days, most patients are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable a root canal can actually be. In fact, if your tooth is infected and causing you pain, a root canal will eliminate the pain along with the infection.

Dr. Allen relies on the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you don't feel any pain during your procedure, and her extensive experience and skills will help your procedure go efficiently and smoothly. Patients who suffer from fear or anxiety about their dental procedures may benefit from dental sedation, and this is something Dr. Allen is happy to discuss with you prior to treatment 

 

Broken or Decayed Tooth?

If a tooth is broken, chipped, or cracked, a composite filling or porcelain crown can restore its strength and appearance.

Once a tooth is broken or has decayed it can never grow back or heal itself on its own.

Broken or cracked teeth need to be repaired as they are more susceptible to decay as the protective enamel is no longer able to protect the sensitive insides of the tooth.  If a broken tooth is not treated or if decay is not removed the cavity will keep growing and may reach the nerve of the tooth thereby causing the need of a Root Canal or extraction of the tooth altogether.

Jaw Pain caused by TMJ and Bruxism

Do you experience headaches frequently, especially in the morning? Do you feel pain or tenderness in your teeth or jaw, especially when eating or chewing? Do you suffer from issues with TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome?

Did you know that you might be grinding your teeth at night and not even know it?

What Is Bruxism?

Some people are aware that they grind or clench their teeth, a condition that is known as bruxism. Most people, however, are not since the grinding, or bruxing, typically occurs while they are sleeping.

While you may not realize that you are grinding your teeth at night, your partner may be able to hear you grinding throughout the night, and you may start to notice symptoms like the ones mentioned above.

The unnatural grinding of your teeth puts force on your teeth many times greater than normal chewing, causing a host of issues. Over time, these abusive pressures can cause cracked, chipped, loose, flattened, or worn down teeth and damage to the jaw joints. You may have a sore or tired jaw, earaches, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, sensitive teeth, or headaches.

In some cases, there are no symptoms at all; however, excessive wear or damage to your teeth can also be a telltale sign.

In severe cases, bruxism may cause teeth to fracture or become loose, which could even result in tooth loss. 

Your Omaha emergency dentist Dr. Allen is here to help you locate such issues before they become a problem and cause more damage to your health and smile.