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.
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.
There are a few steps you can take at home to reduce your discomfort during a dental emergency.
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!
Thankfully, dental emergencies are something you’ll probably only have to deal with once or twice in life, but you may not know what to do when they arise. Having been an emergency dentist in Gainesville for many years, Dr. Nossa has treated every type of emergency and compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our patients. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, don’t hesitate to contact our office!
In an emergency, our goal is to maintain your oral health and get you out of pain as quickly as possible. In general, here’s what an emergency visit will include:
Taking over-the-counter pain medication as directed is absolutely fine, but even if your pain goes away, you still need to come in for treatment as soon as possible. In some cases, you could have an infection that can be dangerous to your overall health if it isn’t treated.
No matter when an emergency strikes, you can call us! If it’s outside our normal office hours, you’ll hear an option for leaving a message for an on-call doctor.
Or, if you simply want us to call you back during regular office hours, you can also leave a message for that. Our front desk staff check messages as soon as they arrive and will get back to you first thing the next day.
There are some cases, however, when we recommend going to a hospital or urgent care center for immediate attention.
Seek out medical care right away in the following situations:
As a dentist in Gainesville, your well-being is our main priority. Dr. Nossa is always just a phone call away and he and the rest of our team have the training, experience, and calming chairside manner to help you in any situation.