If you’re having a dental emergency, don’t wait to get the care you need. Get in touch with us as soon as possible to speak with our team and save your smile! Unsure if you’re having a dental emergency? Keep reading.
I think it's an emergency. What do I do?
Proper intervention during a dental emergency can save your smile, but it may be difficult to determine if you're experiencing an emergency. The following signs and symptoms could indicate a dental emergency:
- Persistent pain with an unidentified cause
- Pain that you can't treat on your own
- An injury to your mouth or teeth
- Fallen teeth or dental work
If you’re still unsure, give us a call and someone on our team will help determine if you need to be seen right away. We'll guide you through self-care in the meantime.
Digital X-Rays & Imaging
Better diagnostics means better results. With modern imaging techniques, we can quickly and accurately assess your dental emergency, and create a treatment plan right away, so you can relieve your dental pain and get back to your life.
When issues arise, our team can perform problem-focused exams (also known as limited exams) to help address the issues. Limited exams allow us to focus on what’s hurting or injured so we can get you out of pain and back to normal again.
During a dental emergency, everything can happen so fast. If you can’t get to a phone, or just need to get help right away, you can walk right into our office and get a plan to get out of pain as soon as possible.
The Benefits of Emergency Dentistry
Relieve Your Pain
Pain is a sign that something is wrong, and there’s no reason why you have to live with it.
Restore Your Bite
Fix any dental issues like cracked, chipped, or missing teeth, and get your smile back.
Prevent Further Complications
Emergencies, like tooth infections, can lead to more severe issues, so get treated early and avoid more complex problems.
What do I do in a Dental Emergency?
Keep Calm & Reduce Bleeding
Any dental injury can turn a regular day into a stressful, painful situation. However, it’s important to stay calm, and remember that your dentist is here to help. Just taking a few deep breaths and assessing the situation will make it easier to make the right decisions in an emergency. If your dental injury or accident has caused bleeding of any kind, apply pressure with a sterile strip of gauze to the afflicted area. Keep the gauze in place until the bleeding stops, or until you reach our office.
Control Swelling & Pain
Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to temporarily alleviate any pain or swelling you may be experiencing. However, it’s important to avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin, as they inhibit clotting and make it difficult to control the flow of blood. In addition to medication, you can also relieve pain with a cold compress by applying an ice pack to the cheek or lip near the affected area.
Call Us Right Away
Once you’ve gained control of your dental emergency, give us a call. Even if you’re unsure if your situation counts as an emergency, our team can help assess the severity of the injury, and get you in our office as soon as possible to receive the care you need.