Bauer and Howard Dental Care recognize that a dental emergency can arise at any time. Whether it's an injury to teeth or gums, it should not be ignored.
Emergency care for all
We will provide emergency dental care for all individuals during regular business hours but we do advise that you call our office as early in the day as possible. Our top priority is to relieve you of your dental pain as soon as it starts.
Emergency care for patients of record
We also provide after-hours emergency dental care, exclusively for patients of record. If you are a patient of record, it is after business hours and you feel your dental pain requires immediate attention, you may call Dr. Bauer or Dr. Howard at home or go directly to the emergency room.
What to do in case of an emergency
Dental accidents can happen when you least expect them, but knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Below are some tips for you to go by in case of a common dental emergency:
- If you knock out a permanent tooth, try to keep it moist at all times. You can either put it into a glass of milk or water. If possible, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching or damaging the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums until you can see your dentist or emergency room personnel.
- If you chip, crack or break a tooth, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t hurt, but if you have broken more than half of your tooth off then it can damage the nerve inside the tooth and cause pain. Contact your dentist right away if you are experiencing pain with a fractured tooth. If you notice swelling, put cold compresses on your face.
- If you see swelling inside your mouth or outside on your face you may be forming an abscess. A tooth abscess is a collection of infected material (pus) caused from a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth. Abscesses can form very quickly and become serious because the infection may spread to other parts of the body. Call your dentist immediately or go to the emergency room if you think you are experiencing a tooth abscess.
For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible.