Periodontal emergency

If you are experiencing a periodontal emergency, your best bet is to call us. We are all here to serve you, and your comfort is very important to us. Things to be concerned about include: uncontrolled bleeding, uncontrolled pain, rash or an allergic reaction.

Frequently asked questions:

“I have a lot of swelling.”
Swelling is natural after any surgical procedure. Swelling usually peaks at 48 hours and diminishes after that.

“I get sick from the pain pills.” 
It is important to take any pain medication with food, otherwise you may get nauseated.

“My connective tissue graft looks yellow/grey/reddish/ugly.”
Connective tissue grafts tend to look worse before they look better. First of all, do not pull your lip out to view the graft, as tension on the flaps can damage the healing process. Second, be patient. Your graft just needs to mature.

“The roof of my mouth is bleeding a lot.” 
This is common after a connective tissue graft. One thing you may try is placing a moist tea bag on the wound with light pressure for five to fifteen minutes. The tannic acid in the tea bag will help form a clot to slow or stop the bleeding. You can expect the wound to slightly ooze for up to 24 hours.

“I have loose stitches.”
If the suture is very loose and hanging, you can clip it. Do not clip sutures, however, if it appears that they are still holding the surgical site together.
For Dr. David Engen’s patients:

  • Call Stacy (Dr. Engen’s surgical assistant) at 953-3893
  • Call Dr. Engen (Home) at 466-0504
  • Call Dr. Engen (Cellular) at 280-1152

For Dr. Rolf Hahn’s patients:

  • Call Nichole (Dr. Engen’s surgical assistant) at 844-5961
  • Call Dr. Engen (Home) 467-5227
  • Call Dr. Engen (Cellular) 954-5201


Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.

Paul H.
Jun 29, 2014


Go ahead and shop around, but you won’t find a more competent orthodontist, or a better office environment than you will find here.