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Dental Emergency FAQ’s

A man suffering from dental painDental emergencies can be scary, and it’s easy to panic. However, when you know you have the right dental team on your side, you can rest assured knowing you have nothing to worry about. Your dentists at The Smilist Dental Medford are here for you seven days a week, with early morning and late evening appointments, so we make every effort to offer same-day dentistry to our emergency patients if necessary.

When you know how to handle an emergency situation, it may not feel so overwhelming. Here are some common questions we hear about handling emergency situations.

What Should I do if my Tooth is Knocked Out?

A tooth with emergency kit

Getting a tooth knocked out is a frightening situation, and it’s important that you act quickly in order for your dentist to have the best chance of saving it. You will need to transport it carefully to our office and placing it back into its socket is best if possible. If not, milk can be used to keep the cells moist and alive while you get to our office.

What if my Gums, Cheeks or Tongue are Injured?

In this situation it is important to stop the bleeding first. You can do this by applying light pressure to the injury with a cold compress. Then contact our office for further assessment and to determine if the injury needs immediate attention.

What if I Have a Toothache?

Woman with a toothache

Dental pain can be very debilitating, to the point of keeping you up at night. This type of severe and constant pain can be the indicator of a dental infection. If your tooth is infected, it’s important to understand that you need to seek treatment right away because an infection won’t heal on its own.

A dental infection that is left untreated will progress and could spread to other critical areas of your body and could also affect other teeth. Root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth and eliminate the infection if you are proactive about seeking treatment.

My Old Crown is Broken - What Should I Do?

Smiling woman in the dental chair

When you have an old dental restoration such as a crown or filling that has broken or fallen out, it is important to treat it as soon as possible in order to avoid any further damage to your tooth.

Contact Your Dentist

If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, we want you to know that your team at The Smilist Dental Medford is here for you! We will get you in as soon as possible so we can assess your needs and get back on the path to wellness right away.