Dental Emergency


Your dentist should be the first person you call if you have a dental emergency. Our office sets aside time for emergency procedures to make sure we are able to help in the time of need. Be sure to keep our contact information readily available in case of emergency.

How to determine if you have a dental emergency?

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Do you have any loose teeth?
  • Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
  • Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
  • Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
  • Do you notice bumps that resembles a pimple, or thick, whitish-yellow
  • fluid on/around your gum tissue?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call us right away.

Please note: things like a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are typically not dental emergencies and can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.

What to do in case of a dental emergency?

Call us immediately. It is important to remember that with some dental emergencies, seeing a dentist within 30 minutes or less can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. It’s also important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.

Whether at home or traveling, the following tips can help you manage a dental emergency until you can get to the dentist:

  • If you experience extreme pain caused by hot/warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain until you see the dentist.
  • If you are having sensitivity to cold or if breathing causes tooth pain, avoid cold foods and beverages and try breathing through your nose before calling Salisbury Family Dentistry.