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Emergency Dentistry

Dental Emergencies
If you are having tooth pain, call our office immediately! People will sometimes try to “wait it out” and see if it gets better. The downside is that they will often end up spending more time in pain and more money to fix it as a result. Give us a call at the first sign of discomfort so that we can help you avoid more pain and more costly treatment.

Abscess or Swelling
If you experience pain in your gums, notice any swelling, or have a tiny lump on them, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. These symptoms often indicate a potential abscess (an infection). Prompt attention is crucial to prevent the infection from escalating.

Chipped or Broken tooth
If you chipped or broke your tooth its very important that you get into the office ASAP. Once a tooth is chipped or broken once, it becomes even more susceptible to breaking again, adding more discomfort, lowering the overall prognosis of that tooth and costing you more money.

Lost Filling Or Crown
Contact us immediately to have a replacement made. Leaving the tooth uncrowned can lead to damage to the underlying tooth. In the mean-time, you can use tooth wax, or dental adhesive (found at the local pharmacy) as a temporary solution. If you still have it, bring your filling or crown to your appointment.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out
Rinse it gently and put it back in the socket, if it is safe to do so. If not, immerse the tooth in a cup of milk or warm water with a pinch of salt. It’s important to avoid touching the tooth’s root. This will preserve essential nerve endings in the tooth from dying out and increase the chances it can be reinserted successfully. When a tooth is knocked out, getting to the office immediately (30-60 minutes) is crucial.

If you have a soft tissue injury
Soft-tissue injuries are any injury that causes bleeding in the mouth or gums. Small cuts and scratches are likely to heal themselves without warranting a visit to the office. Rinse your mouth out carefully, and hold damp gauze against the injury site for 15 minutes. If the cut is large or the bleeding excessive, go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

If you experience a dental emergency, you should always contact our office as soon as possible. We can provide you with instructions on how to care for your mouth in the immediate aftermath of the emergency, and how we can get you into the office to help you as soon as possible. If you have additional dental emergency questions, contact us as soon as possible.

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