Emergency Dental Care
When you need emergency dental care, call us at 503.644.2446 to schedule an appointment.
If you need an emergency dentist, we are here to help. Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to accident, or are in pain, we know dental emergencies can be traumatic. We provide excellent care to both new and existing patients, with a focus on seeing you quickly (usually within 24 hours of your call).
Steps you can take before you get in to see an emergency dentist:
Tooth Knocked Out
If your tooth is accidentally knocked out, handle the tooth by the crown and not the root. Carefully rinse the tooth with cold water but do not scrub it. If you can re-insert it, do so. If not, place your tooth in your in a cup of your own saliva – or milk, until you can get into our office.
See a dentist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing severe toothache, you need to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. During your emergency appointment, your dentist will be able to see what is causing the issue, and get you out of pain as soon as possible.
Do not place any pain killers, including aspirin on the gum as it may cause a burn. You can use a numbing agent such as Oraljel until you get in to see your emergency dentist. In addition, an anti-inflammatory such as Aleve or ibuprofen can help reduce dental pain – these are typically more effective than acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin for toothache. (Please do not take Aleve or Ibuprofen if allergies or existing medications are affected.)
Chips or Fractures
If you have chipped your tooth and are not in pain, the fracture is most likely not close to a nerve. If you do experience dental sensitivity ask for a temporary sedative filling at your local drug store to place over the area to help with sensitivity until you can get into our office.
See your emergency dentist as soon as possible – to avoid further damage. If the fracture is large it may require a crown. If the fracture is small it may only need smoothing.
Broken or Lost Temporary Crowns
See your dentist as soon as possible – and bring the crown with you. If you are wearing a temporary crown which has fallen off but is intact, you can slip the crown back over the tooth, after coating the inside of the crown with temporary cement that you can find at your local drug store in the dental section. Gently clean the temporary prior to putting the cement inside and practice placing it on without the cement on first so you will know how it fits. Do not use superglue!
If your are experiencing sensitivity, cover your tooth with orthodontic wax – you can find this at your local drug store. If you can’t find this, you can soften candle wax and place that over the tooth. This will help with sensitivity until you can get to the office.
If the temporary has fallen off but is intact go ahead and re-cement it with temporary cement that you can find at your local drug store in the dental section.