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Emergency Dentistry – Soldotna, AK

We See Dental Emergencies Fast

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It can happen in the blink of an eye — suddenly, your busy routine is disrupted by a fractured tooth or a severe pain in the back of the mouth. In these instances, fast relief is understandably a priority, and the Soldotna Dental Arts team is here to help without delay. Dr. O’Donoghue strives to accommodate emergency situations as soon as possible for new and current patients alike, relieving discomfort and recommending restorative solutions as needed to preserve and revitalize oral health. Don’t wait — if you’re in the greater Kenai Peninsula area, contact us today!

Why Choose Soldotna Dental Arts for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Appointments Available
  • IV Sedation For Optimal Patient Comfort
  • Experienced, Compassionate Dentist & Staff

Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma

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Dental injuries and accidents tend to happen without warning, resulting in soft tissue injuries, fractured teeth, partially dislodged teeth, and even teeth that have been wholly knocked-out. Time is often of the essence in these frightening situations, so it’s important to stay calm and pick up the phone immediately. If you are unable to reach Soldotna Dental Arts right away, there are some steps that can be taken to improve your condition. A cold compress can help reduce any facial swelling that may occur, and dislodged teeth should be carefully held in their original socket or placed in a container of milk. The goal is to keep the tooth moist, which makes successful reattachment more likely.

Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect

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It’s crucial to maintain strong oral hygiene habits at home over the years, as well as attend regular professional checkups with a trusted dental team like the one here in Soldotna. If these recommendations aren’t met, “toothaches” are likely to develop. While oral pain may signify that a stray food particle or piece of foreign debris is lodged between the tooth (this possibility can be ruled out by thoroughly flossing and rinsing), the more likely cause is that there’s a serious dental infection present.

Contact our office as soon as possible for further instruction. Depending on the severity of the damage, we may be able to rescue the tooth with root canal therapy. Alternatively, extraction could be the only option left. While it is safe to take painkillers in the interim, be careful to not directly touch the medication to your gum tissue or dental surfaces. This may cause additional burning and discomfort.

Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications

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At Soldotna Dental Arts, our patients will always come first. Dr. O’Donoghue has undergone extensive specialty training at the Las Vegas Institute, which enables him to handle a wide variety of common emergency situations with confidence, precision, and exceptional success. Better yet, he makes time in his schedule for these dire cases as soon as possible instead of leaving patients waiting days or even weeks without the relief they desperately need. On the contrary, we strive to get your daily routine back on track without delay.

Root Canals

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Root canals may have a worrisome reputation, but today’s modern version of this treatment is truly nothing to fear. In fact, it may be the saving grace that helps preserve badly infected teeth and prevents the need for their extraction. The process itself is simple enough — Dr. O’Donoghue will carefully access the tooth’s inner chamber with specialty instruments, clearing out diseased pulp and bacteria from within. Then, after thoroughly cleaning the area and sealing it shut once more, a custom-made restoration is placed on top to replenish the tooth’s original shape and structure.

Tooth Extractions

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Extracting one or more natural teeth is never an ideal situation, and patients can rest assured that our team will make every possible effort to rescue their original smile before recommending this last resort. Unfortunately, there are circumstances where extraction is the right choice for your health and wellbeing, such as when:

Sedation dentistry (including advanced IV sedation) is available to make this treatment process safe and smooth. If a replacement is needed, Dr. O’Donoghue will help you explore your options right away in order to minimize any time spent without a complete smile as effectively as possible.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Wisdom teeth (also known as the third molars) are called as such because they typically emerge between the ages of 16-22, which is a time in a younger person’s life that’s typically associated with newfound maturity and wisdom. Unfortunately, this arrival is usually not a happy one. Because of a lack of space in the mouth, wisdom teeth are overwhelmingly likely to become impacted (trapped within the jawbone) or overcrowded, leading to higher risks of infection and oral pain. Dr. O’Donoghue will be sure to assess these critical areas of oral development in teenage patients with digital X-ray technology, and extraction may be recommended if he determines that there’s trouble on the horizon.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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If you’re in the midst of dealing with a dental emergency, it’s difficult to act efficiently and effectively because of the pressure and stress of the situation. That’s why Soldotna Dental Arts offers over-the-phone first-aid guidance and same-day appointments to minimize the damage to your mouth and quickly relieve your pain. For your convenience, we’ve also compiled some common questions we receive from our patients below.




Should I visit the hospital or the emergency dentist?

Depending on the trauma you face, you may need to visit your local emergency room before coming to your emergency dentist in Soldotna. If you’re experiencing uncontrollable swelling, breathing issues, difficulty swallowing, deep cuts, a jaw dislocation, or a jaw fracture, immediately visit your nearest hospital first. Once you’ve received the urgent medical support that you need, be sure to schedule an appointment with our office so we can take care of any of your dental concerns.

Do I need a root canal?

The most common symptom that our patients experience that results in the need for root canal therapy is a severe toothache. This is caused by infected pulp which is located in the inner chamber of your tooth and is extremely sensitive. Using root canal therapy, we can prevent the infection from spreading by removing the damaged pulp and sanitizing the inside of the tooth.

Many people panic at the thought of getting a root canal because they’re notoriously known to be painful. At Soldotna Dental Arts, we make sure that the process is virtually painless from start-to-finish by using local anesthetic and even sedation dentistry for our patients who are incredibly anxious.

Is my problem a dental emergency?

Some patients are hesitant to visit their emergency dentist because they don’t want to make a big ordeal over a small problem that might go away on its own. Unfortunately, waiting to handle the situation often only makes it worse. So, if you’re worried about whether your problem is a true dental emergency, you can contact our office. Here are some signs that your situation is urgent:

  • Intense pain
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Dental damage
  • Facial swelling
  • Oral sores that won’t heal within two weeks
  • Loose or broken restorations
  • Knocked-out teeth

Will my insurance cover my dental emergency visit?

Every dental emergency is unique, just like every insurance plan. That’s why it’s difficult to estimate what treatments will be covered and which ones won’t. The best way to learn whether your dental insurance company will contribute to the cost of your treatment is to contact them directly. A majority of minor restorations such as fillings are typically covered, while more major procedures such as tooth replacements have a smaller portion of the cost covered. At Soldotna Dental Arts, our team is more than happy to help you maximize your benefits. We also offer additional financing with flexible payment plans through CareCredit.

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