Anderson Dental Group makes every effort to see our patients promptly when an emergency arises. If you have a condition that needs treatment outside of regular office hours, you can reach our on-call dentist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tooth pain can arise from decay, infection, injury, or other causes. If your toothache has lasted more than a day or two or is accompanied by a fever or earache, then a prompt visit to the dentist is in order. If in doubt, call an emergency dentist, who can then advise you about how soon you should be seen.
When a tooth fractures or cracks, it’s often an indication that damage has occurred inside the tooth as well as outside. Rinse your mouth gently but thoroughly with warm water to cleanse the area, call the dentist immediately, and apply cold to reduce swelling if any occurs.
Lost or Broken Filling
A lost filling doesn’t always constitute an emergency, but it can be quite sensitive. Always call the dentist as soon as possible after you lose or break a filling, since your tooth will be weakened and susceptible to further damage until it’s fixed.
When you get an infection in your tooth or gum, an abscess can form, preventing the infection from draining properly. Abscesses are often very painful, causing sufferers to seek immediate treatment. If you notice swelling, pus, or a strange taste in your mouth, it’s important to contact your dentist right away, even if you experience little or no pain.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal becomes necessary when the tooth pulp becomes infected. Treatment is not always an emergency, but it can become one when infection has progressed unchecked.
Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved, and extracting it is the best way to preserve the health of the surrounding teeth. Whenever extraction is necessary, we ensure that your experience is as pain-free as possible.
Canker and Cold Sores
While over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief, persistent sores may warrant a trip to the dentist, who can prescribe medicine to minimize cold sore outbreaks or assess whether sharp tooth surfaces or dental appliances are causing canker sores.