At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we know emergencies rarely happen during a convenient time of day, such as regular business hours. If you or your child has a tooth knocked out, loses a crown, or chips a tooth, you can call our Tempe, AZ, office after-hours. You will be connected with our on-call emergency dentist and he or she can assess the situation and see you or child immediately if necessary.
How Will I know if I Need Emergency Dental Treatment?
The easiest and fastest way to find out if you need emergency treatment is to contact our office—day, night, or weekend. Our staff or on-call dentist can determine if you need immediate treatment, or if treatment can wait a day or two. Some questions we may ask you to assess the situation may include:
- How did the injury happen and/or when did the pain start?
- If a permanent tooth was knocked out, were you able to recover the entire tooth?
- How severe is the pain? Is the pain in a single tooth or multiple teeth?
- Are your gums swollen, sore, or bleeding, especially around a sore tooth?
- If you lost a dental crown, were you able to recover the crown?
Your answers to these questions will determine if you will require immediate treatment or if an appointment can be scheduled in the next day or two to treat and repair your tooth.
Emergency Dentistry Services in Tempe
We can address a wide range of dental emergencies at any time of day. In doing so, we can alleviate any pain you are experiencing and repair and save your tooth. Time is critical in dental emergencies, and can sometimes make the difference in our ability to save a tooth. If you or your child has suffered a facial trauma resulting in a lost tooth, or you’re suffering from a sudden toothache, contact our office for immediate assistance. At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we can treat any of the following dental emergencies:
- Knocked-out permanent tooth: If you are able to recover the tooth in one piece, we may be able to reattach the tooth. Carefully rinse the tooth with clean water and place in a container of milk to preserve the tooth until you arrive.
- Cracked or fractured tooth: It is important to note that a chipped tooth is generally not considered a dental emergency. A crack or fracture, however, may be indicative of internal damage. Immediate treatment is often necessary to attempt to save and repair the natural tooth.
- Toothache: A toothache may be the result of a cavity or a chip in the tooth, neither of which is typically considered an emergency. In more severe cases, the tooth may be infected or abscessed if you feel extreme pain in a specific tooth when you bite down. An abscessed tooth can be life threatening, so if your pain is not alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, you may require emergency treatment.
- Loss of a dental crown or filling: If you lost a dental crown or filling and were unable to recover it, emergency treatment may be required to prevent further damage to the tooth. If the crown or filling is in your possession and not broken or otherwise damaged, you may be able to reattach it temporarily. In most cases, a small amount of toothpaste will suffice until you can be seen in a day or two.
Why Emergency Dentistry is Necessary
In most cases, our emergency dentistry services can save your natural tooth to preserve your oral health and eliminate the need for a crown or other restoration. In cases of infection or an abscessed tooth, emergency dentistry can be life saving. With a dentist always on-call, you never have to worry about potential tooth loss or other serious concerns.
Contact Us Today
If you or your child has suffered some sort of trauma resulting in tooth loss or a severe toothache, contact our office immediately for treatment. Our emergency dentistry services are available to both established patients and new patients.