Many patients ignore or put off seeing a dentist in an emergency because they think their pain will go away or treatment will be expensive. By contrast, seeing an emergency dentist as quickly as possible can save you money by preventing future problems and in most cases, pain is relieved or significantly reduced immediately following treatment.
We strive to treat patients for emergency dental care as quickly as possible and reserve time throughout the day to accommodate such situations.
Common dental emergency situations include toothache, pain in the teeth or gums, broken teeth, knocked out teeth, and broken crowns or fillings.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
Toothaches are very common. Before calling our office, try flossing the teeth to remove lodged food from between the tooth and gums. A warm water rinse may also help to remove debris or trapped particles. If pain does not go away with these treatments, contact our office as soon as possible.
Lost or broken dental crown or dental filling
Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule treatment. Do not attempt to reattach the crown or filling with glue or other adhesives. The dentist may advise you avoid certain foods and beverages to protect the tooth until treatment is complete.
Knocked out tooth
Contact our office immediately. Teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket within one hour of being knocked out. Do not attempt to replace the tooth yourself. When possible, retrieve the tooth. You may rinse the tooth root in water if it is dirty, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store the tooth in a container with your saliva or milk.
If you suspect that you have an abscess, contact us immediately. This type of condition can spread to an infection in the rest of your body if left untreated. Do not attempt to drain or open the abscess. An over the counter pain reliever or warm saltwater rinse may help with the pain.