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:
Some of the most common symptoms of tooth related emergencies are:
- 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
- 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.