Dental emergencies can cause extreme discomfort, and make someone feel like a nervous wreck. Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Find an emergency dentist in one of our locations.
Emergency Dental: First Things First
The first thing to do when you have an emergency is to call our office immediately, even if it is after hours. If you are calling during office hours, we will find a time to work you into our schedule as soon as possible, preferably the very same day. Our goal is to keep you comfortable, and protect the future of your smile. If the office is closed, listen to the recording for our emergency phone line. This number is monitored at all times by one of our team members. Leave a thorough message and your call will be returned as quickly as possible. Our team member will instruct you as to what to do, and when you should be seen.
Keep Broken Teeth Safe
If the tooth is broken or has fallen out, place it in a cup of water or milk immediately. Do not attempt to clean it off. Most of us are very germ-conscious, and want to clean off a tooth after it has fallen on the ground. Unfortunately, scrubbing the tooth off can remove microscopic fibers that aid in tooth re-implantation or enamel bonding. Just place the tooth straight into the cup, and bring it with you when you come in to see the emergency dentist.
Take Ibuprofen in the Case of Discomfort/Pain
Ibuprofen (Motrin) should be taken before other pain relievers, because it is an anti-inflammatory. This will alleviate pain better than drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol) when pain from swelling or abscesses is occurring. You may also choose to alternate a cool/warm compress on the side of the face near the toothache.
We also provide a full menu of gentle dental care services for our youngest patients.