We pride ourselves in providing all of our patients with exceptional dental care no matter what the circumstances, which is why we give immediate attention to all dental emergencies. During our regular office hours, we will make arrangements to see you as soon as we are able in order to ensure that you get the dental care you need.
When our dental practice is closed, call our office and follow the instructions provided. Leave a message and a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible. If you’re dealing with a severe or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency room for treatment.
What is considered a dental emergency?
We encourage you to call our office if you think you have a dental emergency. We evaluate situations on a case-by-case basis. In general, we consider a situation to be an emergency if you have prolonged, uncontrollable bleeding, severe pain that interferes with your daily life, or you require urgent dental care in order to save a tooth or restoration.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
Yes, with prompt treatment, a knocked out tooth can be successfully reattached. Call our office and we can begin to make preparations for your visit. Hold the tooth by the crown (the portion of the tooth that usually rests above the gum line) and rinse it with water or milk to remove any dust or debris. Push the tooth back into the socket and bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to hold it in place. If you can’t do this, put the tooth in a small cup of milk or saline solution and bring it with you to your appointment so we can reinsert it at our office. Once the tooth is in place, we’ll use splints to stabilize it and allow it to reattach.
Can you glue a broken crown?
We don’t recommend trying to glue a broken crown back in place. If you’ve broken your crown, call our office and we can schedule an appointment for you. In the meantime, use dental wax or a piece of sugarless gum to protect your tooth. The risk of trying to glue a broken crown in place is that you may damage the restoration or your tooth, in which case a new crown will have to be fabricated.
Do emergency dentist appointments cost more?
No, we do not charge any extra fees for emergency appointments.
Is a loose dental implant an emergency?
Loose dental implants are an emergency situation that requires urgent care if it’s the implant itself that is loose. If, on the other hand, it's the restoration attached to your implant (the crown, bridge, or denture) that feels loose, it does not necessarily require a same-day dental appointment. That said, we’ll still want to see you soon so we can tighten the restoration and protect your adjacent teeth and implant from damage.