Not knowing what to do after having a tooth broken, loosened, or knocked out completely is a frightening feeling. We don’t want any of our patients to feel lost in a dental emergency, which is why we offer same-day office visits as soon as possible when you’re facing a dental emergency of any kind.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Just like the term ‘medical emergency,’ a dental emergency can cover a wide range of situations. You might not be sure that what you’re feeling constitutes an emergency, or you might be reluctant to seek emergency treatment unnecessarily.
In our experience, patients are the best judges of what is or isn’t an emergency! If you’re in doubt, call us right away. Whether it’s an emergency or not, we’ll help you get to the bottom of the problem and resolve any pain or discomfort you might be feeling.
There are several general guidelines to follow if you’re still not sure whether your situation is an emergency. All of the following are good reasons to call as as soon as possible:
- Severe tooth or gum pain.
- A loosened or broken permanent tooth.
- A tooth that has been knocked out completely.
- Unexplained bleeding from the teeth or gums.
- Badly swollen or discolored gums.
If you have one of these problems or other dental pains not listed here, call us right away so we can help determine the best course of action for your situation.
What Should You Do During a Dental Emergency?
The first step is to call us as soon as possible. While we are unable to treat patients after hours, we’ll do everything we can to see you the same day of your call, and we’ll be able to walk you through your specific situation.
In the meantime, do what you can to take care of any pain or bleeding you might be experiencing. A cold compress can reduce pain and swelling, as can many over-the-counter pain medications.
If your tooth has been knocked out or broken, save the lost tooth or large tooth fragments if at all possible. Storing the tooth in your cheek or in the space it was knocked out from is the best way to preserve it, if this method is not too painful.
Whatever your emergency might be, we’ll make sure you get through it as quickly and painlessly as possible!
Don’t Hesitate To Call Us if You Experience a Dental Emergency
Contact us immediately if you or a loved one is going through a dental emergency! We will restore your smile and your health as soon as possible.