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Emergency Dental Care

If you have some mild tooth pain, your problem can probably wait until the next morning. If you lose a tooth or experience unrelenting dental pain, chances are you cannot wait until tomorrow to see the dentist. It is not always easy to distinguish a routine dental problem from a true dental emergency, but the following information will help you tell the difference.
 
The good news is that dental emergencies are relatively rare, and there are only a small number of problems that truly constitute an emergency. If you experience any of these problems, you should call our office right away. If it is after office hours, our on-call staff person will take your information and give you further instructions for getting treated. If you are unable to reach a staff member, you should call 911 for further instructions.
 
The following situations constitute a true dental emergency, and you should call our office right away if you experience any of these:
  • A seriously bitten lip or tongue
  • One or more broken or cracked teeth
  • A broken jaw
  • A permanent tooth that has been knocked out
  • An object trapped between the teeth
  • A severe toothache

In the event of a dental emergency, it is important not to panic or lose control, but rather keep calm and seek a dental emergency service as soon as possible. Like most medical situations, prevention is always much easier and more effective than any cure. To prevent injury, one should always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports and avoid hard foods such as bones, stale bread and hard bagels. Also, brush and floss regularly and see your dentist on a regular basis. If you experience a dental emergency, however, time is of the essence. Acting quickly could save your teeth and help you preserve your smile. We are always here to help you!

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