Patients experiencing a dental emergency should call our office immediately for assistance.
If you have a serious medical or dental emergency that cannot wait, please call 911 immediately or visit your nearest hospital’s Emergency Room. Please do not hesitate. Depending on severity, acting quickly in the event of a dental emergency could have a significant impact on whether or not a tooth can be “saved” or re-implanted in certain cases.
Our normal business hours are from Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. During this time, Customer Service Associates are available to take or return your call as soon as possible in the order in which they are received. If calling after business hours, please press 9 as instructed by the automated system and leave a detailed message about your emergency. The voice message will be transferred to our on-call staff, and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Please note that if the call is received before 9:00pm on any day, the call will be returned that same day. If the call is received after 9:00pm on a weekday, the call will be returned after 7:00am the following day. If the call is received after 9:00pm on the weekend, you can expect a return call after 9:00am the following morning.
Examples of Dental Emergencies
- Knocked out teeth
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Loosened teeth
- Tissue injury and severe facial pain
- Abscessed tooth
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
- Call the dentist for an emergency appointment
- Only touch the tooth at the crown and not at the root to prevent damaging cells needed for bone reattachment
- Rinse the tooth off to get rid of dirt. Do not scrub the tooth
- Place the tooth in the socket to help keep it moist. Do not let the tooth dry out!
- If you can't place it back into the socket, place the clean tooth in gauze or cloth inside of a cup of milk
What should I do if my tooth is loose or out of alignment?
- Try to re-position the tooth gently, but do not force it
- Bite down on the tooth to keep it from moving
What should I do if I have a broken, chipped, or fractured tooth?
- Rinse your mouth out with water
- Put an ice pack on your mouth to help with reducing inflammation
- Take ibuprofen for the pain