Immediate Emergency Treatment
Accidents and sudden discomfort can happen to anyone at any time of day. To set your mind at ease, we offer emergency dentistry. In many cases, patients find themselves in need of instant relief from sudden pain. Other patients suffer a more apparent concern, such as a dislodged or broken tooth. Whatever the problem, the sooner we see you, the faster we can provide treatment to address your concern. We may even be able to save your tooth or prevent serious damage. Learn more about what to do in the case of an emergency to protect your smile.
What to Do First
Call us immediately if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Your concern qualifies if you cannot tolerate the discomfort or your oral health requires immediate attention to prevent serious or permanent damage. Examples may include a severe toothache, a broken or dislodged tooth, or food painfully lodged between teeth. However, if you are experiencing serious blood loss and/or if your life is at risk, contact 911 or visit your local ER immediately.
Emergency Dental Visits
We offer same day emergency dentistry appointments for patients who experience a problem during office hours. For all other times, we have a doctor on call after office hours, so we may work to schedule a visit that will improve your situation.
In the Meantime
Following some basic emergency dentistry guidelines will help you prepare for your visit:
- Try to remain calm and avoid panicking, so you arrive comfortably and safely at our practice.
- Contact a friend to drive you to your appointment if you are in too much discomfort.
- For bleeding, apply pressure with clean gauze or other fabric.
- For a broken tooth, gather all of the pieces you can find and place them in a sealed container.
- If you suffer a dislodged tooth, rinse it gently under lukewarm water while preserving as much attached tissue as possible – you may attempt to slip it back into place but do not apply pressure. If this does not work, place the tooth in a container filled with salt water or milk – not plain water – and seal the container.
- Bring your tooth or tooth fragments to your appointment with you in its sealed container.
- For pain or swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You may also place an ice pack over the affected area for relief.