Dental Emergencies

Yes, we welcome dental emergencies! If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call any of our offices so that we may accommodate you. Rest assured that your symptoms will be addressed and any acute discomfort will be relieved.

If you are experiencing dental discomfort, we recommend that you schedule a visit to minimize your chances of developing a dental emergency when you may not have the time to attend to it.

First Aid Tips for Common Dental Emergencies

Permanent Tooth knocked out: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, speed in response is important. Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water – do not scrub the tooth or use soap or other chemicals. Try to hold it by the crown and not the root tip. If possible, try to place the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with clean gauze or wash cloth, or, tuck in their cheek. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a clean container and moisten it with saliva, milk, or water. Call our office immediately – quick response can sometimes save a tooth!

If the tooth is fractured or chipped – try to save the tooth fragment, rinse gently with cold water and apply a cold compress to the face/cheek to minimize swelling.

Toothache: Rinse with lukewarm water to help ease discomfort. Apply a cold compress – do not apply heat or aspirin. Call our office immediately. You may want to take an over-the counter pain reliever until your appointment. (same dosage as you would take for a headache).

Avoid Dental Emergencies!

Don’t postpone treatment. “Twinges” of tooth pain or toothaches that subside and reoccur can be misleading – any dental pain is an indication of an underlying problem and can lead to serious infection if it is not addressed promptly.

Preventing Dental Injuries and Emergencies – Dental trauma injuries can be reduced or prevented through the use of mouth guards and helmets for sports and carseats/seatbelts during travel.

Please do not hesitate to call our office with any concerns that you may have about your dental health.