If you are experiencing a dental emergency, and it is during regular office hours, contact us at 678-714-9199. If your dental emergency is taking place after hours, contact our office answering service for further instructions.
It is important to seek immediate care for dental emergencies to prevent further damage to your teeth and mouth. We strive to treat emergency dental patients as quickly as possible and reserve time throughout the day to accommodate such situations.
Many patients ignore or put off seeing a dentist in an emergency because they think their pain will go away or treatment will be costly. By contrast, seeing the dentist as quickly as possible can save you money, pain, and prevent future problems.
What To Do In a Dental Emergency
Common dental emergencies include toothache, pain in the teeth or gums, broken teeth, knocked out teeth, and broken dental crowns or tooth fillings. Here are some tips for what to do in a dental emergency:
- Knocked out tooth – If possible, retrieve the tooth. You may rinse the tooth root in water if it is dirty, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store the tooth in a container with your saliva or milk. Contact our office immediately. Teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket within one hour of being knocked out. Do not attempt to replace the tooth yourself.
- Broken/lost crown or filling – Never take temporary measures to reattach the crown or filling such as glue. Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule treatment.
- Toothache – Toothaches are very common. Before calling our office, try flossing the teeth to remove lodged food from between the tooth and gums. A warm water rinse may also help to remove debris or trapped particles. If pain does not go away with these treatments, contact our office as soon as possible.
- Abscess – If you have an abscess, contact us immediately. This type of condition can spread to an infection in the rest of your body if left untreated. Do not attempt to drain or open the abscess. An over the counter pain reliever or warm saltwater rinse may help with the pain.