We never want you to feel like you’re on your own when you’re coping with a serious dental emergency, which is why we’re committed to giving immediate attention to your situation and making arrangements to see you at our office as soon as we can.
If you need emergency dental care during a time when our practice is closed, call our office and follow the instructions provided. Leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. In the case of a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency room for treatment.
If you’re not sure if you’re dealing with an emergency situation, call our office and we can help you decide if you need urgent dental care. Although we treat every patient’s concerns on a case-by-case basis, generally speaking a dental emergency is a situation in which immediate treatment is needed to save one or more teeth, there is uncontrolled bleeding, or a patient is suffering from unbearable pain. Some other situations that may require emergency dental treatment are loose dental implants and broken crowns or bridges.
Some toothaches are considered dental emergencies. If you have a throbbing pain that does not go away and interferes with your ability to eat, sleep, and go about your daily activities, it’s considered an emergency because it’s an indication of an infected tooth. Toothaches that come and go or that you only experience when eating cold, hot, or sweet foods are more likely caused by decay; while they require timely treatment, you do not need to come in for a same-day appointment.
While knocking out a tooth is certainly a scary situation for anyone to deal with, it’s important not to panic. With prompt treatment, your tooth can be saved. First, call our office right away so we can begin to prepare for your appointment. If your tooth fell on the ground, rinse it with water or milk to remove any debris, then push it back into the socket—this may be difficult, but it gives us the best possible chance to save your tooth. If you can’t put the tooth back in, place it in a small cup of milk or water and bring it with you to your appointment so we can reinsert it. Once your tooth is back in place, we will use splints to stabilize it so the gums reattach.
If your crown breaks off and part of your tooth comes off with it or if your tooth is painful, it’s considered a dental emergency and, ideally, you should come in for a same-day or next-day appointment to have your crown replaced. Even if it’s not an emergency, we will want to see you as soon as possible because the sooner we see you, the more likely we’ll be able to bond your original crown back onto your tooth. If you go too long without your crown, your tooth may become damaged, which means a new crown would have to be fabricated, or your tooth may suffer decay.
If you experience a dental emergency that involves severe facial trauma or uncontrolled bleeding, you should go to the emergency room for treatment. Once your immediate needs are taken care of, you can get the dental treatment you need. Emergency rooms do not have dentists on staff, so they cannot provide dental care, but they can help with pain management and prescribe antibiotics for infections.