A dental emergency is an unexpected circumstance that requires immediate dental treatment. This can include experiencing extreme pain, uncontrolled bleeding, having a loose or knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, signs of an infection, or severe dental trauma that results in injury to your mouth.
All of these issues cause severe discomfort and can pose a big risk to your oral and overall health, which is why they require urgent, priority treatment. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact us right away, so we can accommodate you.
Emergency dentistry encompasses a variety of treatments to address the source of your problems, including restorative treatments and oral surgery.
If you have sustained an injury to your mouth or face, your priority should be to stop any bleeding and remove any fragments from your mouth that could cut the inside of your mouth and cause you to bleed. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove broken tooth fragments. If you have a sharp edge of your tooth, you may need to place something there to prevent it from cutting you until you can get to the dentist.
Don’t hesitate to call us. If you are not bleeding, this should be the first thing that you do so we know to expect you and can arrange to treat you right away.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, you should find it, rinse it off, and try to reattach it by firmly pushing it back into the socket, holding it only by the crown. If you can’t reattach it, store it in milk or your saliva in a container. This tooth should be reattached as soon as possible.
Pain can be severe during a dental emergency. Don’t try to deal with the situation yourself but if it’s unbearable, you should take anti-inflammatory pain medication to relieve your discomfort. Reduce swelling by keeping your head elevated, rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater, and applying a cold compress to the area.
As soon as you have called us, you should head to our office as fast as possible. Many dental emergencies are time-sensitive and will only get worse the longer you delay treatment. This can result in tooth infection or losing a tooth. Bring any knocked-out teeth or tooth fragments with you to your appointment, properly stored.
We offer same-day appointments to patients who are experiencing dental emergencies that cannot wait for a future appointment. We leave a little space in our schedule every day to accommodate unexpected emergencies.
Prompt treatment is important to prevent serious oral and overall health problems that can be caused by severe dental trauma and infections. We will relieve your pain, find the source of the problem, and develop a treatment plan that may require follow-up appointments.
We have a phone that is answered after hours and this enables us to sometimes accommodate after-hours and weekend appointments. However, this is reserved for very unique circumstances. Situations that can wait until the next morning will be treated at the next available time that we open. We will try our best to accommodate you Just give us a call.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
By practicing good oral hygiene, protecting your teeth, eating a healthy diet, and reducing your exposure to wear and tear, you will greatly reduce your risk of running into a dental emergency. You should brush your teeth twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes with fluoride toothpaste and floss once daily.
Attend regular dental cleanings every 6 months to remove plaque buildup. Reduce your consumption of sugar and limit frequent snacking. If you grind your teeth or play contact sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to prevent tooth damage and injury.
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