dental emergencies

Tooth pain and dental emergencies do not run on our time. In fact, they will almost always come at the most inconvenient of times.

At Life Point Dental, we set aside same-day dental appointments for both new and existing patients. On occasion, a next-day appointment may be necessary.

Quick thinking is often what saves a tooth from needing an expensive dental restoration or being extracted entirely. If you are experiencing dental pain and discomfort, we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

What is Considered a Dental Emergency? 

Wondering what constitutes as a dental emergency? Most experience at least one of the following:

  • Severe toothache or tooth pain

  • Jaw pain or swelling

  • Bleeding, swollen, or sore gums

  • Accidental broken or lost tooth

Suffering Tooth, Teeth, or Jaw Pain? 

Your pain could be associated with:

  • Swelling, fever, a sour taste, or difficulty swallowing (indicating an infection)

  • An abscessed tooth that could require antibiotics, drainage, or a root canal

What Are Some Quick Treatments? 

  • Cracked or Broken Tooth:

    • Use warm water to rinse out your mouth 

    • Apply a cold compress for swelling

  • Knocked-Out Teeth: 

    • Don’t touch the root, only the crown

    • Try to place it back in the socket, if possible

    • Or place it between your cheek and gum or a container of milk

    • Use a cold, wet compress for bleeding

  • ​Soft Tissue Injury:

    • If you have severe bites or cuts to your lip or tongue:

      • Clean the area gently with water 

      • Apply a cold compress for bleeding 

      • See a medical professional for severe bites or cuts that require stitches

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The sooner you seek emergency dental care,  the sooner you can alleviate pain and prevent permanent damage to teeth and gums.

What is a non-urgent dental emergency?

Life Point Dental has experience restoring smiles after tooth loss, sports dental injuries, and more. Non-urgent dental emergencies include: 

  • Lost filling, crown, or bridge

  • Dull toothache

  • Food lodged between teeth

  • Small chip or crack in tooth