Our team understands that the very nature of an emergency is inconvenience. As your dedicated family dental healthcare providers, we’re here for you in these stressful times. Please call our office immediately to request an emergency care visit if you experience a severe toothache, knock out a tooth, badly damage your teeth, or find yourself in another precarious dental situation. We do our very best to see emergency cases immediately. If you experience intense bleeding, or your emergency extends beyond dental care, please go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.
Some situations can be remedied or improved by following a few simple tips. While these suggestions might not completely fix your problem, they offer first-aid care until you can make it to our office or your local emergency room. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to reach out for professional help for dental emergencies and not just rely on what you can do on your own. The sooner you call us, the sooner we’ll be able to see you!
Rinse your mouth and the area around the tooth, then floss around the tooth to make sure that debris is not causing the pain. Do not put an aspirin on the tooth because it can damage your gum tissue. Call our office for an appointment if the pain persists.
A cracked or broken tooth should be rinsed immediately with warm water. Then, hold a cold compress against the affected tooth to reduce swelling while on your way to our office. The remaining tooth may have a sharp edge, and it should be covered with dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent it from cutting the inside of your mouth.
Thoroughly clean the cut, then hold a cold compress against it. If bleeding does not stop after applying pressure for 10 minutes, go to your local emergency room right away. You may need stitches. If the bleeding has stopped and you’ve suffered injuries to other soft tissues in your mouth or teeth, contact our office.
Rinse the tooth gently under water to remove debris. Place the tooth into the socket it fell from and hold it in place until you get to our office. Otherwise, put the tooth into a baggie of milk and bring it to us so that we can determine whether reattachment is possible.
If your temporary falls out and you still have it, dry your natural tooth, apply a small dab of toothpaste to the temporary and reattach it. You may also use dental wax or temporary adhesive, available at most pharmacies. Please call our office so that we can professionally reattach your temporary as soon as possible.
If you think your jaw may be broken, apply a cold compress, and proceed to your local emergency room immediately. If you lost or damaged teeth during your injury, please call us as well, but only after you have been cleared by a medical doctor. We cannot handle a broken bone of this size in our office.
Use dental floss to gently remove the debris and be sure that you don’t cut your gums with the floss. Do not use a sharp instrument to dislodge the debris. If floss doesn’t help, call our office for an appointment.
Thankfully, most dental emergencies can largely be avoided. You just need to:
Treating a dental emergency is always an unexpected expense, but our practice is happy to offer flexible payment options to make urgent care much more affordable, including low-to-no interest financing. The price of treatment can vary based on a patient’s situation, as one person may just need a filling while another requires a root canal and crown. After we get you out of pain, we’ll discuss your options for repairing any damage to your teeth.