When a dental emergency occurs, we're here for you. Dental injuries differ in their level of severity. Some emergencies can be dealt with at home, and others require a visit to our office. Time is of the essence, so it is best to call us as soon as the emergency occurs to give you the needed guidance on what to do next.

How Can You Prepare for a Dental Emergency?

Having our number ready in case an unexpected accident occurs is vital in taking fast action to deal with the emergency. Until you arrive at our office, avoid touching the affected area to prevent getting an infection unless you are instructed otherwise. You may also want to prepare an emergency kit with cotton swabs, latex gloves, and pain medication to care for your injuries or cope with the discomfort or pain until you reach our office.

Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, make sure you contact us for an emergency appointment:

  • Bleeding gums, lip, or tongue
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Loose permanent tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • Oral infection
  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Damaged denture, partial, crown, or filling
  • Swollen gums or jaw

An injury may not seem severe. However, an evaluation is needed to rule out any potential problems, and to avoid future complications, especially in children.

What Are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?

Toothaches: They often vary in severity and, in some cases, can be linked to a pulp infection. If the toothache pain is significant, it is best to see an emergency dentist.

Tooth chips or cracks: Biting down on hard foods or constant grinding can cause your teeth to crack. If your tooth gets cracked, preserve its fragments in milk after rinsing them and bring them to your emergency appointment.

Loose or knocked-out teeth: If your tooth is loose, bite down gently on gauze to keep it in place. However, if you have a knocked-out tooth, rinse it and try to return it to its socket without touching the root. If that's not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk and bring it to your emergency appointment. A tooth that's treated within an hour of being knocked out has the best chance of being saved.

Bleeding: Trauma to the soft tissues, including the lips, gums, tongue, or any area inside the mouth, can cause significant bleeding. Rinse the wound with warm water and apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. If you have heavy, uncontrollable bleeding, head to your nearest emergency room.

Missing or loose dental restorations: If you lose a crown or dental filling, contact us for an appointment. Meanwhile, use over-the-counter dental cement or sugarless gum to hold your restoration in place. Never use super glue to repair a restoration.

Emergency Dentistry Near Me

When a dental emergency occurs, the sooner you contact an emergency dentist, the better. Our team at North Mountain Dentistry is here to provide you with the needed care. If you are ever in need of dental emergency services, do not hesitate to call our Glendale office for assistance.

In cases of a life-threatening medical emergency, please call 911 for assistance.