Dental Emergencies

Common Tooth Complaints


If you are having tooth pain, call our office immediately!  Often patients try to “wait it out,” hoping that their toothache subsides, and end up spending more money and time in pain as a result.  Give us a call at your first sign of discomfort to help avoid costly complications and future problems.

Swelling or Abscess

If your gums are hurting, begin to swell, or if you notice a small bump on your gums, give us a call right away!  These are common signs of an abscess (infection) and it is very important to address this immediately to help prevent any worsening of the infection.

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Broken or Chipped Tooth

If you chip or break your tooth it is vital you get into the office as soon as possible.  After a tooth has broken once it is very susceptible to breaking again, costing you more money and creating added discomfort.

Lost Filling or Crown

If you are experiencing discomfort as a result of a missing filling or crown you can apply clove oil (available at the pharmacy or grocery store) to help relieve the pain.  You can also place tooth wax or dental adhesive (available at your local pharmacy) as a temporary solution.  Don’t forget to bring your lost filling or crown to your appointment!

Knocked Out or Loose Tooth

Time is of the essence when you have had a tooth knocked out or loosened.  Getting to the dentist in a timely manner (30-60 minutes) can make the difference between saving and losing your tooth.  It is important to try not to touch the tooth’s root and to handle the tooth gently.  Rinse the avulsed tooth with water and place it in a container with milk (best option) or salt-water (if no milk is available).

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Small nicks are likely to heal themselves, but if you have a large cut or excessive bleeding go to the emergency room as soon as possible.  Applying a cold compress and warm salt-water rinses can help speed up the healing time.

Burned Roof of Mouth

Eating very hot foods (like fresh out of the oven pizza) can cause a burn at the roof of your mouth.  While uncomfortable, these sores usually heal on their own.  Warm salt-water rinses and topical oral anesthetics (like Oragel) can help relieve some of the discomfort.  If you are still experiencing discomfort after 10 days, see your dentist.

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