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Come See Us For Emergency Dentistry in Medford

You’re outside playing a game with your friends, when all of a sudden, *WHAM*, something hits you in the face, and before you know it, you’re holding one of your teeth in your hand.

What do you do next?

Man in dental chair holding jaw in pain

Or, you wake up one morning, and your small toothache has now turned into a large, throbbing pain. You can’t go to work like this, and all you can think about is doing something to make the pain stop.

What is the fastest way to find relief?

In both scenarios, you just need to do one simple thing: call Premier Care Dental. Our team is experienced and equipped to handle a wide spectrum of dental emergencies in-house, and we’ll do our best to see you as quickly as possible so we can solve your problem. Our team has collectively handled thousands of emergencies over the years, so when you need dental care RIGHT NOW, you can trust us to provide the exact solution that you need.

Call Us For the Following Dental Emergencies:

  • Knocked out teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Partially dislodged teeth
  • Severe toothache
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Damaged or lost dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants)
  • Object stuck between the teeth
  • Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
  • Pain or swelling in the face

However, if you suspect that you have suffered a broken bone in addition to your dental injury, or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, please head straight to your local emergency room first. Give us a call only after you have been cleared to leave. If you’re unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, go ahead and give us a call, and we’ll be happy to let you know what you should do next.

Tips for Avoiding Dental Emergencies

While it’s impossible to prevent all dental emergencies, there are a few simple things you can do day to day to make sure you never have to make a surprise visit to the dentist:

  • Always wear a mouthguard while playing sports, no matter your age or level of play.
  • Don’t chew on extremely hard things like ice or rock candies.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools to open bottles or packages.
  • Come see us for routine checkups and cleanings so we can catch and treat a small problem before it turns into an emergency later.

How to Handle a Knocked Out Tooth

For any of the dental emergencies listed above, you should contact us right away, but in the case of a knocked out tooth, time is a very important factor, and the following tips will help increase the chances we can replant your natural tooth:

  • Try to come see us as quickly as possible after the tooth has been knocked out—within two hours of the injury is ideal.
  • When you touch the tooth, only touch the crown and NEVER the root.
  • Gently rinse it off with warm water.
  • Try to put it back into its original socket and keep it in place by closing your mouth until you can make it to our office.
  • If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. It must stay wet until you see us to remain viable!
  • Use gauze or a clean rag to help stop bleeding.
  • A cold compress or OTC medicine can lessen any pain or swelling.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Dentists shaking hands

A dental emergency can happen anytime, so you need to be ready. That means making sure you’re equipped to deal with any issues that arise and can act appropriately should the worst happen. At Premier Care Dental, we want our patients to be well-educated so that they can protect their oral health as well as possible. Call us if you have any questions about dental emergencies; to get you started, here are the answers to some common inquiries that we’ve received.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

Not sure whether the pain in your mouth is a serious problem or not? “Dental emergency” applies to many different situations, so it can be hard to create a “catch-all” definition for it. In general, you should call your emergency dentist in Medford right away if you’re dealing with severe discomfort, sudden swelling, or bleeding that won’t subside. Toothaches that last more than a couple of days should be treated as emergencies as well. Cracked or broken teeth may not cause any pain initially, but you should have them checked as quickly as possible.

Should I Call the Dentist or a Hospital?

For severe traumas such as fractured jaws, dislocations, cuts that won’t stop bleeding or swelling that’s making it hard to breathe or swallow, you should call the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, for time-sensitive issues that aren’t life-threatening (such as a missing tooth that needs to be replanted within the hour or a toothache that needs to be treated before the infection gets worse), call our practice as soon as you can. We’ll do our best to see you on the same day whenever possible, and we can always help point you in the right direction for the treatment you need.

Do I Need Treatment Right Away?

In general, dental health issues aren’t going to go away on their own. Broken teeth, for example, can’t regenerate like bone does if they’re broken, so you’ll need attention from a dentist in order to address the issue. Also, if your tooth is infected, the pain might go away on its own, but that’s because the nerve inside the tooth has been destroyed; it’s actually a sign that the infection is getting worse. In general, a dental emergency is easier to deal with if you get treatment in a timely manner, so don’t delay if you notice something’s wrong.

Will My Insurance Cover My Emergency Treatment?

Every insurance plan is different, and the coverage you receive usually depends on the treatment you need, but in general you should be able to save some money for treatments that are important for your health. Premier Care Dental is happy to accept your plan and will file the claim, handle the paperwork and perform any necessary follow-up to make sure you get the most out of the benefits you’re entitled to. If you don’t have dental insurance, financing is available through CareCredit or Proceed Finance, which offer easy-to-understand, low-to-no interest payment plans that help millions of people around the country.