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Rating: 5

Dr. Peter W. Fry, DDS Reviewed by
Melissa W. A Google User

Dr Fry and his staff have been so amazing! I am so happy with the work he did on my teeth - everything looks natural and as perfect as real teeth should look ! And I really love the fact he is holistic too. Highly recommend this practice for quality and safe dental care.

Emergency Dentistry

"I want you to know how much I appreciated that (on your day off) you were going to be with me when I got my gums fixed and tooth extracted. I will never ever forget that! My friends and family were very impressed that you would do this for me. Please enjoy your day off. I am sure everything will go well."
~ Anna Skelton

Our patients are important to us, no matter what time of day and whether you have an appointment or not. Because dental care may be needed at any time, any day of the week, Dr. Fry considers himself "on call" for his patients' needs.

Some of the common reasons a patient may need emergency care include:
  • A tooth has been broken
  • A tooth has been knocked out*
  • A tooth is experiencing extreme pain
  • A tooth needs to be extracted
  • A root canal is needed
  • The jaw becomes unusually swollen
  • Trauma has occurred
  • A crown has fallen out
  • Dentures or partial dentures require repair
Some of the most common symptoms of tooth related emergencies are:
  • Tooth Pain
  • Swelling with tenderness and/or throbbing
  • Pressure that lingers
  • Being woken up at night
  • Sensitivity to hot which lasts you for more than a few minutes
  • Sensitivity to cold which lasts you for more than a few minutes
  • Experiencing pain when you bite down or chew
These symptoms need immediate care because of more long term consequences.

To be ready in case of an emergency, we advise our patients to keep our emergency number stored in their phones. Should a dental emergency occur, we are just a phone call away.

* Should an accident occur in which a tooth is knocked out, it is important to locate the tooth if possible, and to contact our office immediately. When the tooth has been located, it is very important that it is picked up by the crown portion of the tooth (that which is visible outside of the gums). The root should NOT be touched. The tooth can be rinsed, very gently, with water or milk and then placed inside of a container and brought to our office. If no clean container is available, the tooth may be kept inside the mouth, between cheek and the gums.

In instance where the lost tooth is a primary tooth, replanting the tooth is usually not recommended as damage may occur to the bud of the permanent tooth that lies within the gums. Above all, the patient or the patient's parents should not attempt to replace a lost tooth on their own. Professional treatment is needed to ensure a timely and healthy re-implementation process, if it is possible.
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"A quick thank you note can often be sent with the preprinted text in no time at all… a thoughtful thank you usually takes time. George and I really do thank you for your consideration and absolute attentiveness when we found that we had been seriously "mistreated" by an HMO dentist. (We had switched for financial considerations that quickly became a dental nightmare).

You saw George on an emergency basis when our HMO dentist would not. In fact, George never saw the same dentist twice- every time he went to the HMO dentist he had another young (real inexperienced) dentist working on his problem. George had a terrible infection, you had to drill the cap, do the root canal (what the HMO dentist deemed unnecessary) and put in a new cap.

We complained and complained and filled out a patient complaint form to no avail. We were never compensated for the poor dental treatment at the HMO. In fact the HMO would not recognize their poor treatment or pay for the correct treatment. I was told that our insurance covered one cap per tooth per year even if that tooth was done incorrectly and became infected. Needless to say, George and I never went back to the HMO dentist that we were assigned. Finally, we were able to officially re-enroll with your office.

Dr. Fry, I guess we needed to experience poor dentistry in order to value your expertise, and your independence. Every patient's mouth is different and generic remedies do not always work. Again, thank you for all of your effort and we are glad to be under your care again. "

~ George and Deborah Bjurstrom
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday 8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M / Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M / Fridays - Closed /
Every other Saturday 7:30 A.M - 2:00 P.M