A dental emergency is a true medical emergency. While most medical emergencies are best handled in the emergency department of your local hospital, this is not the case for a dental emergency. Emergency room doctors lack the training and the equipment to respond quickly to a dental emergency.
We do not want you to suffer permanent damage to your teeth that could have been avoided with prompt emergency dental treatment. When a dental emergency strikes you should call our office right away to be evaluated and seen if need be.
Some examples of dental emergencies are trauma to a tooth that causes the tooth to be knocked loose or to fall out, extreme pain in a tooth, particularly pain accompanied by swelling or redness of the gums near the tooth and fever, a chipped, cracked or broken tooth, or problems with temporary restorations.
Our office saves emergency dental visit slots every day that we are available. On weekends or after hours, please call our number to reach an after-hours line that will help us evaluate if your emergency needs to be treated immediately or if it can wait until our next regularly-scheduled office hours. We can also give you information on how to best take care of yourself until we can see you in office and help take care of you in person.
In the event that you lose a tooth, please rinse the tooth in plain water without scrubbing. If the tooth will sit in the socket from which it was removed you may try setting it there but be careful that you are not in danger of swallowing the tooth. A tooth is a living tissue, so there is only a limited amount of time to get the tooth back into your jaw before it loses viability you can sometimes prolong the viability of a tooth by putting it in a cup of milk.
When a dental emergency strikes, do not attempt to go to the emergency room. Call our office, and we will do everything we can to get you back on the road to health as quickly as we can. While we hope you don’t have any dental emergencies, we are here for you if you do.