If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, you should contact Serene Family Dental right away. It’s always best to begin repairing dental damage right away as oral health concerns can worsen when left untreated. Our team is here to help whenever you need us with a wide range of appointment times from 7 am to 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 10 am to 6 pm on Wednesdays. In most cases, we can see you on the same day you call us. If you experience a dental emergency later in the evening or on Sundays, we are still happy to help, so please reach out to us. When you call, you’ll receive directions to reach an on call team member. If we can’t see you immediately, we’ll walk you through at-home care and pain management over the phone.
Does My Situation “Count” as a Dental Emergency?
If you believe your oral health condition is an emergency, chances are you’re right. Please reach out to us for an appointment. Even if your damaged smile does not require immediate treatment, we want to ensure your safety and start planning for restorative treatment. Some of the most commonly treated emergency dental conditions at Serene Family Dental include:
Replacing knocked out teeth or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, etc.)
Repairing damaged teeth or dental restorations
Repairing or replacing damaged or bent partials and full dentures
Providing root canal therapy to relieve severe toothache and dental sensitivity
Fixing broken orthodontic wires or brackets
Removing foreign items stuck between teeth
What Should I do During an Emergency?
First, you should call our team. You can also follow these at-home care instructions:
Use cool water to clean out your mouth and clean off the tooth or restoration
Use cold compresses to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and slow bleeding
If a tooth has been knocked out, try to replace it or store it in a container of milk or water until you reach our office
Take over the counter pain relievers as directed, but do not apply them directly to the tooth as this can damage soft tissue
Use floss and brush teeth to dislodge stuck items, but do not use sharp objects
How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
The first step of preventing dental emergencies is maintaining basic oral hygiene by brushing and flossing teeth each day and visiting the dentist two times each year for checkups and teeth cleanings. You should also avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or fingernails. Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts. Wear mouthguards to protect teeth from damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding and clenching or sports related dental injuries. While store bought mouthguards are available, it may be beneficial to consider a custom crafted sportsguard or nightguard to ensure optimal smile protection.