We understand how stressful it can be to deal with a dental emergency, so during office hours, we give immediate attention to your situation, making time to see you as soon as possible. If you have a dental emergency during a time when our practice is closed, call our office and follow the instructions provided. A member of our team will return your call and provide you with further guidance.
For serious or life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment.
Here are instructions to help you handle some of the most common dental emergencies:
If you have a toothache…
If a lip, gum, cheek, or tongue gets cut…
If a baby tooth gets knocked out…
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out…
If a tooth gets broken or chipped…
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies
What are some dental emergencies?
We consider the following types of situations to be dental emergencies: unbearable pain, bleeding that won’t stop, or circumstances in which prompt treatment is needed in order to save a tooth.
Are cavities considered a dental emergency?
Cavities are not typically considered a dental emergency. The exception to this is if you have a cavity that is causing you severe pain. If this is the case, your tooth may be infected.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
If your tooth pain is unbearable, it’s a sign that something is seriously wrong with the affected tooth. It’s unlikely that the pain will resolve without treatment. That said, you can make it more bearable while waiting for your appointment by using over-the-counter pain relievers, numbing creams, and cold compresses.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
Yes, an adult tooth that has been knocked out can often be put back in successfully. The key is to act fast and avoid touching the root of the tooth. With prompt treatment, your gums and soft tissues will reattach to the tooth’s root.