Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry at Martindale Family Dentistry is immediate, same-day dental treatment to repair a tooth or soft tissue damage related to:
- Loose or knocked-out permanent teeth
- Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Tongue, gum, or lip lacerations
- Objects caught between teeth
- Toothache, swelling, or abscess
When in doubt, call the Martindale Family Dentistry office to find out if you or your child’s dental problem requires emergency dentistry.
What should I do during a dental emergency?
If you experience a dental emergency, taking the proper steps can save a damaged tooth from extraction or prevent serious complications.
If you have a knocked-out permanent tooth, save the tooth and place it back in its socket until you arrive at Martindale Family Dentistry. You can also place the tooth between your gums and cheek or in some milk.
In the case of a toothache, cracked tooth, or soft tissue laceration, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to the area, and head to Martindale Family Dentistry for an evaluation.
What are my emergency dentistry treatment options?
When you arrive at Martindale Family Dentistry for emergency dental care, your provider offers pain management to get any pain under control. They review your symptoms and oral health history, examine your teeth and gums, and take dental X-rays to develop a treatment plan.
Martindale Family Dentistry offers:
If your tooth isn’t salvageable, your dentist can extract it to avoid further infection and pain. They can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or dental bridge to keep your smile beautiful.
If you or your child has an object stuck between teeth, your Martindale Family Dentistry provider can safely remove the object after first numbing the treatment area.
Soft tissue repair
Your dentist can repair soft tissue damage using stitches or other wound-care treatments to help your tongue, lips, gums, or cheeks heal properly.
If you have tooth decay or damage, your Martindale Family Dentistry provider offers white fillings, veneers, root canals, crowns, bridges, dental implants, or dentures to repair or replace teeth and perfect your smile after a dental emergency.
How can I protect my teeth from damage?
You can’t always prevent oral health emergencies, which is why the Martindale Family Dentistry team offers quality emergency dentistry services and same-day appointments.
To reduce your risk of tooth decay or trauma, brush your teeth at least twice daily, don’t chew on hard objects, and wear a mouthguard while playing sports or when you sleep.
At the first sign of tooth pain or trauma, schedule an appointment with the dental experts at Martindale Family Dentistry by phone or online, or walk-in today.