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Emergency Dentistry

At some point, you could find yourself in need of an (@emergencydentist ) emergency dentist, and if you do, you can find immediate dental care in one of our four emergency dental care offices.

Tooth damage, accidents, and dental injuries can happen at any time, and they often require urgent dental care. In such circumstances, an emergency dentist can provide the care you need. 

It’s also useful to know how to care for your dental pain at home until the dentist can see you. This will likely improve the outcome of your emergency dental service while also decreasing the chances of future oral complications.

Emergency Dentist – Walk-Ins

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, sore gums, bad breath, or other dental ailments, make an emergency appointment with your regular dentist for a checkup or walk-in

While it is crucial to treat these conditions promptly, they are not dental emergencies. On the other hand, the circumstances below do require emergency dental care.

Severe Toothaches

A toothache can be overwhelming, making it impossible to eat, sleep, and carry out your daily responsibilities. Severe tooth pain is often caused by a dental abscess, infection, or advanced tooth decay that has aggravated the nerves in and around your tooth. If your pain and tooth discomfort does not dissipate after taking over-the-counter pain relievers, please call a 24-hour emergency dentist and follow these tips:

  •     Hold a cold compress against your cheek near the sore tooth.
  •     Rinse your mouth with salt water to kill bacteria and dispel inflammation.
  •     Be sure to floss to remove any food that lodged in the gums near the sore tooth.
  •     Administer oral numbing gel to the affected tooth and the neighboring gums.

Please don’t ever apply aspirin or any other pain reliever directly to your gums or teeth, as this can exasperate the gum tissue and make matters much worse.

An emergency dentist can examine the problematic tooth and get x-rays to determine the cause of the pain. Root canal treatment or same-day tooth extraction might be required to treat the abscess and associated pain; antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

If you chip or break your tooth while eating or playing sports, it’s imperative to visit an emergency oral surgeon as quickly as possible. The sooner you undergo treatment, the more likely your dentist will be to reattach the broken piece to your damaged tooth. Save any portions of the chipped tooth that you find, and rinse them gently in warm water. Put them in a cup of milk, and carry them to the dentist’s office with you.

If your chipped tooth is mildly painful, you can ease the discomfort by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Also, hold a cold compress against your cheek, and if you’re bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze to apply pressure and decrease the bleeding.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Getting your tooth knocked out can be a traumatic experience. Take a deep breath and keep in mind that 24-hour emergency dentists treat this kind of emergency often.

There is a better chance the dentist will be able to reinsert the tooth into its socket and save it if you’re able to see one within an hour. Always hold the displaced tooth by the crown. Do not introduce bacteria or other pathogens to the tooth root. Immediately, run the tooth under clean cold water if you do get any debris or dirt on it. Push the tooth back down into its socket, making sure that it is facing the right way. Bite down slowly, keeping it in place until you reach an emergency dentist.

Lost Crown

A lost dental crown is considered a dental emergency, but you should be able to delay treatment until your dentist is available. In the meantime, try to use clove oil to alleviate any pain. Also, apply denture glue to the tooth and place the crown back on top.

Please, don’t ever use super glue to attach the dental crown. If it doesn’t stay securely on your tooth, store it in a plastic bag until you can see your dentist. You don’t need to visit a dentist the same night you lose the crown, but you do need to make an appointment asap. Delaying treatment will only lead to additional damage.

Loose-Brace Brackets

A loose brace bracket is not an emergency event. However, it is an excellent reason to see an orthodontist or general dentist. In the meantime, try using orthodontic wax to keep the loose bracket in place. Additionally, apply wax across the top of the bracket so it does not rub against your cheek. The orthodontist will need to cement or completely replace it.

If a piece of wire in your braces splinters or starts poking your cheek, this is an emergency but can wait until regular business hours. To keep the wire from poking you, use a small piece of pencil eraser to bend the wire back toward your teeth. Please do not cut the wire, as it could accidentally cut your tongue, or even worse, you may swallow it.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is an infection that transpires in and about a tooth root. Abscesses cause intense dental pain, and they can be dangerous, as the infection could quickly spread into the jawbone, nearby teeth, or even your blood. 

Seek treatment for a suspected dental abscess as soon as possible to reduce the chance of the infection spreading. If you have a fever or relentless pain, call an emergency dentist for immediate attention. If you don’t have a fever and can endure your pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, wait and call your general dentist when possible.

As with most toothaches, you can keep abscess pain under control with a cold compress, saltwater rinses, and by sticking to soft foods. A dentist may prescribe antibiotics before you come into the office, depending on the severity of the infection. These medications often help alleviate pain as they also help your body fight off infection. An abscess is usually treated with a root canal. If your tooth is seriously infected, same-day tooth extraction is an affordable treatment option.

Oral Injuries

If you experience injury to your mouth resulting in tissue damage and bleeding, your best option is to go to the emergency room. The doctors there can stitch up any external cuts and refer you to an emergency dentist for any damage to your teeth or oral tissue. Until you arrive at the emergency room, control the bleeding by placing pressure on the wounded area with a cold compress. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to control any bleeding from internal cuts.

Find an Emergency Dentist

If you need immediate and affordable emergency dental care, search for a local dentist with our “Dentist Near Me” ZIP search tool, and request an emergency appointment online or by phone at (214)731-0124.

The dental problems described above require prompt care if you do not want to suffer more adverse consequences down the road. The measures you take at home to temporarily relieve pain are only short-term fixes until you’re able to receive professional care.

Insurance & Payment Options

We accept several payment methods for your dental health needs. We offer flexible payment plans:

  •     Most dental insurance (on an indemnity basis)
  •     Cash
  •     CareCredit
  •     Debit cards
  •     Credit cards (We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover & American Express)
  •     Financing options

Not a Medicaid provider

Our Emergency Dentists

Our board-certified periodontists and dentists are capable of providing fast relief for emergency dental incidents and also offer various cosmetic surgery procedures and restorative dentistry.

    Dr. Kumar Vadivel, DDS, MS, FDS RCS

    Dr. Archana Venkataraman, DDS, MSD

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FAQ for Emergency Dentistry

The entire process will take around 20-40 minutes for single tooth extraction. If you have other teeth to extract, the time will automatically be increased by 3-15 minutes per tooth.

Yes, a cracked tooth is a dental emergency. If the tooth gets a severe breakage, a sizable part of the tooth is gone. You may feel intense pain or sometimes bleeding. In this situation, it’s vital to seek dental intervention.

If you have the following complaints, you should go to the emergency dentist.

  • Severe dental pain
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
  • Infection

These are the most common emergency dental treatments typically offered in a dental office.

  • Fractured Teeth
  • Bleeding and Trauma
  • Lost Dental Fillings
  • Post Dental Surgery Complications
  • Constant Toothache