Your Trusted Emergency Dentist
We know how frightening it can be when something goes wrong with your oral health. Whether it’s a sports injury or a toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night, suddenly your teeth are all you can think about, and you’re wishing you could just go back to before it happened. Your emergency dentist understands -- and he’s here to help. Dr. James T. Gray and our team are the ones to turn to when you need professional attention for an injured, damaged, or aching tooth!
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A “dental emergency” is what we call it when you have broken something in your mouth, when you are bleeding, or when you are experiencing pain in a tooth. Emergencies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but some of the most common we treat include:
- Knocked out or dislodged teeth
- Broken tooth
- Severe toothache
- Broken filling, crown, or other dental work
- Something lodged between teeth
How to Act In an Emergency
First of all, keep your calm in the face of an urgent situation. Call the our office right away. If you reach us during office hours, we can provide you with important first-aid tips and schedule a time for you to come in on the same day.
To stop the bleeding, apply a clean gauze or cloth to the wound. If blood flow does not stop or slow after 10 minutes of consistent pressure, head straight to the emergency room.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort. Apply an ice pack to the affected cheek to reduce swelling.
If you have completely knocked out a tooth, do not touch its root. Store the tooth in its empty socket or a cup of milk or saltwater until you can reach the dentist for possible reattachment.
How We Treat Emergencies
If you call during office hours, we will answer right away and plan on a time for you to come in as soon as is necessary, given your situation. If our office is closed when you phone, we will have a phone number on our voicemail for the person on-call.
Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and the treatment you need depends on exactly what’s going on -- but in general, most urgent situations can be resolved with one of the following treatments:
- A root canal for aching or severely injured teeth
- Tooth reattachment for a knocked out tooth that can be salvaged
- Repair of broken fillings
- Same-day crowns for decayed or injured teeth
- Sutures for open wounds
No matter the treatment you need, you will feel confident knowing you are in expert hands when you turn to Dr. Gray and our team!
Call Us ASAP
The next time you or a loved one are faced with a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gray’s office. We will provide you with important first aid advice and then get you in to see the doctor as soon as possible. Reach us at (817) 784-7664.