What Is Emergency Dentistry?
Emergency dentistry refers to treatment for urgent dental situations. As opposed to routine dental care and scheduled procedures, emergency dentistry addresses the unplanned problems that arise with teeth or the soft tissues of the mouth.
We provide treatment for the following dental emergencies:
- Severe toothache. A severe toothache most likely indicates an infected tooth. If you have a toothache that persists and doesn’t respond to over the counter pain medication, please call us immediately.
- Knocked out tooth. If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, immediate treatment may save the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the crown and avoid touching the root. Carefully rinse off the tooth (plug the drain first!) and put the tooth back in the socket if you can. Bite down on some clean gauze and call us. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, put it in a cup of milk or saliva and call us. Do not attempt to put a baby tooth back in the socket.
- Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. If a tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken, save whatever pieces of the broken tooth you can find in milk or saliva and call us. We may be able to reattach some pieces of your tooth. In most cases the tooth will need a crown.
- Soft tissue injury. If you cut or bite your lip, tongue, or the inside of your cheeks it can be severe enough to require emergency treatment. If the cut is deep or the bleeding won’t stop, please call us.
In case of a dental emergency, call 915-585-2020. During office hours we will see you according to the urgency of your situation. After hours please call and follow the instructions provided and someone will contact you shortly with further instructions. In case of a life threatening emergency, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department.