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Emergency Dentistry

We understand that dental emergencies can be inconvenient and by nature need attention as soon as possible. Our practice is designed in a way that allows for new patient emergencies to be seen as soon as possible, almost always the same day. While we encourage our emergency patients to join our regular care program, you are not required to do so in order to take advantage of our short-notice appointments.

Do you have pain or damage? Have you cracked or even knocked out a tooth? We are here for you! Call immediately, and we can give you instructions and fit you into our schedule for treatment the same day. A fast diagnosis and immediate treatment can make all the difference in saving a tooth or a long-term healthy smile, so we’re prepared to accommodate you as quickly as possible. Our caring, compassionate, and above all gentle team is here to support you.

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Dental emergencies are never fun, and rarely happen during convenient times, so we will work to help you as soon as possible. Common dental emergencies include:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Cracked tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Mouth sores
  • Tooth pain
  • Gum pain
  • Pain with hot or cold

We will do whatever we can to fit you in as fast as possible. After hours, we are on call to help you address the problem.

Here are some things you can do before you come in to see us:

  1. If you think your jaw is fractured or are suffering a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  2. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for pain. You can also apply ice for 10-20 minutes out of an hour.
  3. Orajel, campho-phenique, and similar over-the-counter medications can ease a mouth sore by laying a protective film over the area.
  4. Soft tissue injury (like a bitten lip or tongue) can also be eased by application of ice or pressure.
  5. If you’ve had an extraction and are bleeding, apply a folded gauze pad with pressure to the site. Or soak a tea bag wrapped in a thin layer of gauze, and apply with pressure for an hour.
  6. For a chipped tooth, soft wax can be placed over the broken area. If you have the chip, place it in a cup of milk or in water with a pinch of salt.
  7. Knocked out adult permanent teeth should be put back in place and held while you’re on your way to see us. If you can’t do that, put it in a cup of milk or water. You’ll need to be seen immediately.

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No one wants to face a dental emergency. But if you do suffer one, we’re able to see you the same day to ease your discomfort. Give us a call at (239) 593-0880 should an emergency arise.