Emergency Dentist – West Jordan, UT

State-of-the-Art Dental Care When You Need It

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Whether you’re out for a walk in a local park or enjoying a meal with your family at home, it’s imperative that emergency dental care be within your grasp. Frandsen Dental of West Jordan is designed to help when an injury occurs, which is why our team will work to get you in for an appointment as quickly as possible. We’ll do our best to get you in on the same day so that you can avoid multiple trips for treatment. If you are experiencing a nagging toothache, chipped or cracked tooth, or the loss of a dental crown or filling, go ahead and call our West Jordan emergency dentists for help.

Why Choose Frandsen Dental of West Jordan for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Treatment When Possible
  • Sedation Dentistry Available for Anxious Patients
  • We Welcome Your Dental Insurance

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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To ensure that our team delivers the most effective form of emergency assistance, you will first need to call our office. We will listen as you explain the situation and offer tips to help manage the pain in the meantime. If we believe this is a problem that requires immediate attention, we will do our best to get you in right away.

Once you arrive at our dental office in West Jordan, our emergency dentist will take X-rays and images of your mouth to identify the injury. After reviewing the findings, a comprehensive treatment plan will be created and presented to you for review. This will allow us to begin administering appropriate care to help you out of pain and restore your smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies do not all look the same, which is why you may be unsure whether what you’re experiencing is something that requires immediate care. Below, you will find the most common dental emergencies that we treat as well as what you can do to manage the pain and injury at home while waiting for your appointment.

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Sensitivity to
Hot & Cold

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Lost Filling
or Crown

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Gums, Lip or
Tongue Injury

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Jaw Pain or

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Something Stuck
Between Teeth

Understanding the Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Each dental emergency that you’ll encounter will be slightly different, which means that knowing what they’re going to cost you without meeting you first is difficult. However, we also want to take as much of the stress as possible out of your treatment, so we don’t want surprise you with the price of your dental care. That being the case, here’s what you should know about what treating dental emergencies.

Every Dental Emergency Is Different

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When faced with a dental emergency, understanding the unique nature of each situation is paramount. An emergency dentist visit is relatively inexpensive, allowing our team to assess your needs promptly and determine the necessary treatment to restore normalcy. Root canal therapy, extractions, dental crowns, TMJ treatment, and more could be common solutions to emergencies. Rest assured, our team will explain findings, recommended treatment plans, and estimated costs beforehand, ensuring transparency and peace of mind throughout your care.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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While some dental emergencies are unavoidable accidents, many stem from unchecked infection and damage. Investing in routine dental appointments and maintaining good at-home oral hygiene can potentially save you thousands over time. Addressing dental pain or damage promptly is crucial, as delaying treatment can lead to increased costs and more extensive procedures. Remember, prioritizing your oral health now can prevent larger expenses and more complex treatments in the future, preserving both your smile and your wallet.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable


While some dental emergencies are unavoidable accidents, many stem from unchecked infection and damage. Investing in routine dental appointments and maintaining good at-home oral hygiene can potentially save you thousands over time. Addressing dental pain or damage promptly is crucial, as delaying treatment can lead to increased costs and more extensive procedures. Remember, prioritizing your oral health now can prevent larger expenses and more complex treatments in the future, preserving both your smile and your wallet.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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In addition to insurance, alternative financial options can help make dental emergencies more manageable. For one, we have an in-house membership plan that can offer substantial discounts on many of the services we offer. Financing options like Cherry can also allow you to split the cost into budget-friendly payments. Whatever your financial situation, our team is dedicated to assisting you in finding the most affordable and effective solution for your dental emergency. Don't hesitate to reach out for assistance—your oral health is our priority.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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While dental emergencies can be quite unpleasant and often unavoidable, there are measures you can take to dramatically reduce your chances of experiencing one. By working on your day-to-day habits and remaining aware of the hazards that can harm your dental health, you can avoid nearly all emergency dental situations. Read on for some expert tips on preventing these oral health crises from the dentists of Frandsen Dental, and feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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You should come to our office for a routine exam and cleaning at least every six months. This way, we can correct problems in their early stages and advise you on better oral hygiene practices. We’ll also take care to remove plaque and tartar from areas that can’t be reached when cleaning your teeth at home. Addressing issues early is much cheaper and more comfortable than dealing with them when they have already become miserable and messy problems.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home

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Practicing excellent oral hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent dental emergencies. A proper oral hygiene routine revolves around brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once to eliminate plaque and food debris from the teeth and soft tissues. It’s also a great idea to use antibacterial mouthwash to eliminate harmful bacteria and freshen your breath. By staying on top of these habits, you can prevent the bacteria that cause oral infections from growing out of control.

Stick to a Nutritious Diet


Your eating decisions make massive differences in your oral and overall health. Many of the popular foods and drinks in America are loaded with refined sugar, which makes an ideal fuel for the bacteria that cause oral infections. To make matters worse, soda is rich in both sugars and acid, which begins to erode your enamel on contact. Enjoy the sweeter fare sparingly, and make sure your daily diet is rich in nutritious foods like fruits, veggies, lean protein, and dairy products.

Wear a Mouthguard

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Sports are a great way to have fun, learn teamwork, and get exercise, but they carry risks for your dental health. Whenever you play sports or ride a bike, take care to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injuries. A custom-made mouthguard offers protection far superior to that of store-bought models.

Many people grind their teeth, which can cause serious damage to their teeth and gums over time. If you grind during the day as a stress response, being aware of the habit can help you break it. If you grind involuntarily in your sleep, wearing a mouthguard to bed can prevent most of the damage.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

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Your teeth are designed for chewing and smiling, and using them for any other purpose constitutes abuse. Never use your teeth to open bottles or packages, and always remember to abstain from chewing on non-food items like writing utensils, paperclips, and ice. Doing these things can cause serious damage to your teeth such as chips, cracks, or fractures that may need to be addressed with restorative treatments like root canals.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

It’s usually best to contact us first when you have a dental emergency because our dentists have specialized training and technology that the ER doesn’t. The doctors there may be unable to accurately identify the problem or suggest solutions and would need to refer you back to us.

However, some instances might require urgent care instead, such as:

  • Jaw fractures or dislocations.
  • Serious cuts or lacerations to the face or mouth that are bleeding.
  • An abscess or infection that has become so swollen it has impacted your ability to breathe or swallow.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an issue like this, it’s important to get to the emergency room as soon as possible. Otherwise, you should call us to try to make a same-day appointment, if possible.

Will my toothache go away on its own?

Typically, dental problems don’t resolve themselves and only get worse if they’re left unaddressed. If you have a toothache that won’t subside, it’s best to reach out to us and let us know so we schedule an appropriate time for you to come in based on your circumstances. There are many potential reasons that toothaches develop and one of our experts will need to examine your mouth to determine the underlying cause. Then, based on their findings, they’ll suggest a treatment plan to resolve the issue before it can progress any further.  

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

It can be frustrating to have an aching tooth that develops after hours because you may not be able to reach us until the next morning. Sometimes, the throbbing can be enough to keep you awake at night. If you’re desperate for some well-deserved rest, you can try:

  • Keeping your head elevated to prevent blood from pulsing through it.
  • Holding a cold compress to the side of your face with the toothache for a temporary numbing sensation.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • Avoiding overly hard, cold, or acidic foods right before bedtime.

My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit?

If you have a chipped, cracked, or damaged tooth then it’s best to give us a call. It’s easy to think of it as a mere inconvenience that’s not worth an emergency dental visit, especially if it’s not hurting at the moment. However, without a professional examination, it’s impossible to know the full extent of the harm done. Your tooth’s structure is compromised which leaves it more vulnerable to infection or even additional injury. Visiting us allows one of our dentists to repair and protect it from potential future problems.