Few things are worse than not knowing what to do in the middle of an emergency. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, consider this your solution! We offer an after hours on-call service, as well as 24-hour emergency consultation, so you can have professional dental advice when you need it.
Contact us right away if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency. We’ll do everything we can to solve your problem as quickly as possible. Whether or not you’re one of our current patients, we will see you right away if there’s a dental emergency unfolding!
What Is a Dental Emergency?
If you aren’t sure whether what you’re experiencing is considered an emergency, trust your gut. If it feels like an emergency, it deserves to be treated like one.
With that in mind, the following are almost always considered an emergency:
- Loosened permanent teeth.
- Teeth that have been broken or knocked out.
- Teeth or gums that are in extreme pain.
- Teeth or gums that are bleeding with no obvious cause.
- Teeth or gums that have become swollen or darkened in color.
If you’ve been injured in a way that has affected more of your body than just your teeth or gums—such as a broken jaw—make sure to treat your most important injuries first. This might involve visiting your local emergency room or urgent care before coming to our office.
What Should I Do During a Dental Emergency?
The first step is to call us. We’ll be able to give you advice specific to your situation and your needs. If you’re unable to call us right away, listed below is some general advice that applies to most dental emergencies and can help ease pain and improve even an emergency situation.
If You’ve Had a Tooth Knocked Out
If at all possible, locate the missing tooth and hold onto it. Your dentist may be able to repair and replace the tooth. If it’s not too painful, store the tooth in its empty socket, or hold it in your cheek. If neither of those are an option, store it in a clean container of milk until you get to our office.
If Your Gums or Teeth Are in Severe Pain
Gently holding a cold compress to the area can reduce pain and ease swelling. Many over-the-counter pain medications can also help with pain and swelling, but when possible it’s best to check with your dentist before taking any medication.
If Your Gums or Teeth Are Bleeding
Carefully press a clean cloth or piece of gauze to the area to stem the bleeding. Avoid using dirty fabrics or materials that can disintegrate, like toilet paper or tissues.
Call Us Immediately if You or a Loved One is Experiencing a Dental Emergency!
No matter what dental emergency you’re experiencing, we can help stop the pain and get your life back on track quickly.