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Emergency Dentistry

 

Toothaches, broken teeth, and other urgent situations require immediate attention for quick solutions and resumed oral health. You don’t have time to wait for an appointment, so we are happy to welcome walk-ins, too. But does your issue count as a dental emergency? And what should you do immediately after a knocked out or broken tooth? Read our guide for dental emergencies and know to call our dental office immediately!

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

Many times, patients do not seek the urgent dental care they need because they don’t realize they are experiencing a dental emergency. But in general, if you have a pain in your mouth, you’ve got an urgent situation.

Knocked out or missing teeth
Broken or fractured teeth
Toothaches
Broken dental crown, bridge, or filling
Something lodged between teeth
Laceration to the soft tissues of the mouth
In most cases, your emergency dentist provides the care you need. But remember that anytime you are experiencing uncontrolled bleeding (bleeding that does not stop or slow after 10 minutes) you should head straight to the emergency room.


What Do I Do After a Knocked Out Tooth?

Collect the missing tooth and carefully rinse away any debris
Handle the tooth by its crown, never touch the tooth’s root
Place the tooth back in its empty socket, in the cheek, or in a bag of milk
Visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible

 


How to Manage Pain, Bleeding, and Swelling

You will likely experience discomfort and bleeding after a dental emergency. Take an over-the-counter pain medication (like Tylenol or Aleve) to alleviate pain until you can reach your emergency dentist’s office. To stop bleeding, apply gentle, consistent pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the affected area in 10-minute intervals in the first few hours following a dental emergency.