Emergency Dental Help
Need emergency dental help?
Give us a call.
If our office is open, someone in the office will be able to help you and instruct you on what you need to do to help your dental emergency.
If we are closed (after hours or the weekend), when you call, an automated message will play. The message will prompt you to either leave a message or press a key if it is urgent. Your call will be returned promptly to help you with your dental emergency and determine if an emergency dental procedure is needed.
Emergency denture repair can be done as long as it can be put back together and benefit of repairing the denture outweighs making new ones.
As for insurance, PPO plan patients sign a form allowing the office to bill the insurance. The reimbursement check will then be sent directly to our office. Otherwise, dental emergency patients will have to pay the office and we will help you get reimbursement from your insurance company.
What can I do right now to help my dental emergency?
If you find yourself in any of the following emergency dental situations, here’s what you can do immediately before calling a dentist:
Tooth and Jaw Pain
Tooth and jaw pain can come from a variety of causes, including wisdom tooth pain, as well as upper and lower jaw pain. The immediate response is different depending on the situation:
Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep clean. Take a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Try to keep your teeth and mouth clean as you can, brushing and rinsing with salt water after each meal.
Upper Jaw Pain
Taking a decongestant, a mucus expeller and a pain reliever will counter the symptoms and help the body ward off any potential infection.
Lower Jaw Pain
Avoid moving the temporomandibular joint.
Wisdom Teeth Jaw Pain
Soak a cotton swab in a mildly warm solution of lemon juice and asafetida and apply this swab several times a day to the affected area.
Sore Swollen Gums
Swish your mouth two or three times a day with warm salt water to cleanse the mouth and reduce the swelling.
Dissolve a pinch of salt in warm water and rinse your mouth with the solution. Do this two times a day as it increases circulation and reduces gum swelling.
Adult Tooth Knocked Out
Save any adult tooth knocked out for possible re-implantation. Bring it to your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for successful reimplantation of an adult tooth that is knocked out. Be sure to handle the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge).
Baby Tooth Knocked Out
An avulsed milk tooth, or baby tooth, knocked out cannot be re-implanted and does not need to be put back in since an adult tooth will erupt to take its place. If a baby tooth is knocked out, apply a topical analgesic to numb pain.
Burning in Mouth
If you experience burning in the mouth, call your dentist immediately. Someone experiencing a burning in mouth sensation may be having an allergic reaction. Avoid eating hot and spicy foods until you can get a diagnosis of the burning in mouth’s cause as they may make the condition worse.
If the chip is tiny but sensitive, you can use a little beeswax to cover the area until your dentist can treat it.