Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care, 24 Hours a Day

Whether it’s the middle of the night or the middle of the weekend, our dentists are ready to help you with all kinds of dental emergencies and accidents. We have specialists available around the clock to treat:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Severe toothaches
  • Painful and sore gums
  • Lost fillings or crowns
  • Objects caught between teeth
  • Injuries to the lips, cheek, or tongue

Rodeo Dental is fully dedicated to our patients no matter the time of day or night, and we are proud to offer emergency care as part of our practice. Many dental emergencies can be successfully treated in a dentist’s office, so we encourage our patients to call us first to see if they can avoid a costly trip to the emergency room.

Emergency Dental Care for Knocked Out Teeth

A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved if you can see a dentist within the hour. So call us immediately if you lose a tooth. In the meantime:

  • Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (not the roots).
  • Rinse the tooth with water to remove any dirt.
  • Try to put it back into place if possible, but don’t force it.
  • If the tooth cannot be put back into place, put it in a glass of milk.

Emergency Dental Care for Severe Toothaches

Most toothaches will need to be treated by a dentist. Emergency care is necessary if the pain lasts for more than 24-48 hours, if you have a fever, or if you have signs of infection (swelling, discharge, redness). While you wait for your emergency appointment:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek.

Never place aspirin or a painkiller directly on your gums, as this can cause burns.

Emergency Dental Care for Chipped or Broken Teeth

Minor chips can be cared for at home until you can get in for a regular dental appointment. For moderate to severe tooth fractures or damage, you will need to call us for emergency care. To prepare for your appointment:

  • Gather any pieces of the tooth that you can find.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply a cold compress to your mouth, near the tooth, to minimize swelling.
  • Apply gauze to the tooth and/or gums until the bleeding stops.

Emergency Dental Care for Fillings and Crowns

If you lose a dental filling, use an over-the-counter dental cement to seal the area and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for pain. Emergency care is generally not necessary – you can wait to see us during regular office hours. You can also discard the filling if you locate it, as your dentist will not need it.

If you lose a crown, call your dentist as soon as possible for emergency care. Retrieve the crown and save it for your dentist. While you wait, use an over-the-counter dental cement or toothpaste to seal the area and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for pain.

Emergency Dental Care for Injuries and Other Problems

Rodeo Dental offers emergency dental care to treat injuries to the mouth and gums, broken dental appliances, loose teeth, and objects caught between the teeth. After calling us, work to control any bleeding and pain at home while you wait for your emergency appointment.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to help with pain while you wait. Bleeding can often be limited or stopped by rinsing your mouth with salt water and using a moist piece of gauze or a tea bag to apply pressure to the area.

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