Dental Associates makes every effort to see our patients promptly when an emergency arises. If you experience a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, you can call our office to be connected with our on-call dentist.
Tooth pain can arise from decay, infection, injury or other causes. If your toothache has lasted more than a day or two or is accompanied by a fever or earache, then a prompt visit to the dentist is needed. If in doubt, call our office. Our on-call dentist can advise you.
When you get an infection in your tooth or gum, an abscess can form, preventing the infection from draining properly. Abscesses are often very painful, causing those experiencing discomfort to seek immediate treatment. If you notice swelling, pus or a strange taste in your mouth, it is important to contact your dentist right away.
A lost filling does not always constitute an emergency, but can be quite sensitive and uncomfortable. Always call the dentist as soon as possible after you lose or break a filling as your tooth is susceptible to further damage.
When a tooth fractures or cracks, it is often an indication that damage has occurred inside the tooth as well as outside. Rinse your mouth gently but thoroughly with warm water to cleanse the area, call the dentist immediately, and apply cold to reduce the swelling if any occurs.
A root canal becomes necessary when the tooth pulp becomes infected. Treatment is not always an emergency, but it can become one when the infection has progressed unchecked.
Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved, and extraction is the best way to preserve the health of surrounding teeth. Whenever an extraction is necessary, we ensure your experience is as pain free as possible.