Emergency Exams in Missoula, MT

Are you or a loved one experiencing an emergency or dental pain? Dr. Jonathan Nelson, your emergency dentist in Missoula is here for you. We offer convenient morning and early evening appointments so we can accommodate our emergency patients when they really need us. During an emergency exam, we’ll look at your specific problem, using radiographs, diagnostic tests, and a clinical exam to determine the best treatment to get you out of pain fast.

Is it Really an Emergency?

In some cases it may difficult to determine if your situation is truly an emergency. If this is the case for you, we encourage you to call us. We can assess your situation over the phone, determine if you need immediate attention, and even instruct you on the best way to handle your situation until you can get to our office.

In emergency situations you may feel panicked and you might consider going to the ER. Always call Nelson Dentistry first for dental emergencies because the emergency room is not properly equipped to handle broken or knocked out teeth. You will save yourself time, money, and stress by contacting your dentist in Missoula first.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Understanding how to handle dental emergencies can make the situation less stressful. Here are some common emergency situations and tips on what you can do until you get to Nelson Dentistry.

  • A tooth that has been knocked out: It's important to get to our office as soon as you can in this situation so we can have the best chance of saving your tooth. Handle your tooth carefully and as little as possible. Placing it back in its socket is best, or you can use milk to transport it safely to Nelson Dentistry.
  • Chipped or broken teeth: If your tooth is broken, gather the pieces and contact Nelson Dentistry right away. If your tooth is chipped, it may not require immediate attention. Contact our office to assess your tooth over the phone.
  • A lost or broken restoration: Losing an old filling or crown can be painful. Your tooth will need to be repaired in order to prevent further damage or decay from occurring.
  • Dental sensitivity, pain, or a toothache: A tooth that is sensitive or causing severe pain could be indicating that your tooth is infected. A dental infection doesn't go away without  treatment, and it could progress, cause further pain and damage to surrounding teeth, and result in tooth loss if it's left untreated.
  • Soft tissue injuries: For injuries to your gums, cheeks, or lips, it's important to stop the bleeding first. You can do this with a cold compress applied with light pressure. Contact our office to assess your needs and receive further instructions.

Don't hesitate to call Nelson Dentistry if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency. We'll get you comfortable and back on the path to wellness as soon as possible.