When you call our office with a dental emergency, the first thing our team will ask you is, “How quickly can you get here?” We won’t ever leave you waiting while you’re in pain. Whether you've suffered a broken tooth, damaged dental work, or have a severe toothache, you can always rely on our practice to get the immediate, professional care that you need.
Indications of a Dental Emergency
Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether you’re experiencing a true emergency situation or not. We always encourage patients to call our practice first as we can assess your situation over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention.
Understanding how to deal with certain dental emergencies until you can get to our office can also make the situation less stressful. Here are some common dental emergencies and how you can handle them.
A knocked out tooth: In this situation it is important to handle your tooth carefully and get to our office as soon as possible to give us the best chance of saving your tooth. Place the tooth back in its socket, if possible, or use milk to keep the cells alive and moist.
A lost or broken restoration: If you have an old filling or crown that breaks or falls out it can cause sensitivity. Dr. Nossa can assess your situation and determine the best treatment to restore your tooth.
Dental pain or a toothache: Constant or severe pain in your tooth is typically an indicator of an infection. A dental infection does not go away on its own, so please call our office right away to be seen for treatment. Root canal therapy can remove the diseased tissue from inside of your tooth while preserving your natural tooth structure.
A chipped or broken tooth: Even a small chip in your tooth can cause irritation to your tongue or soft tissues and should be smoothed. So whether your tooth is broken or chipped, call our office to determine the best course of action.
Caring for Dental Emergencies at Home
There are a few steps you can take at home to reduce your discomfort during a dental emergency.
Rinsing with warm water can reduce the pain of a toothache or broken tooth.
You can apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek for swelling.
Over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen can help reduce pain until your condition is diagnosed.
We are always happy to answer your questions and offer tips or suggestions for handling dental emergencies, and if you or a loved one ever experience a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll always be ready to help!