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Emergency Dentistry

Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry

Dentistry located in Phoenix, AZ

Are you experiencing tooth pain or an injury that can’t wait until the next available appointment? The team of professionals at Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry (PCD) is committed to providing the residents of Phoenix, Arizona, and its surrounding communities with emergency dentistry services. Call the office for a prompt response to your dental emergency.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

It’s often apparent when your teeth require emergency treatment. Teeth can break off, crack, or be knocked out entirely with an injury sustained during an accidental fall, a sports activity, or other trauma. In these cases, PCD can make emergency repairs that support the broken tooth or even replace it in its socket to preserve the health of your smile.

Sometimes, however, the amount of pain you're experiencing can also define whether you should wait for the next available appointment or seek emergency care. 

Moderate to severe pain that interferes with your daily routine can signal a problem that requires medical management with antibiotics or a surgical procedure, such as a root canal. Regardless of the source of your tooth pain, don't try to tough it out. Call your dentist.

Lacerations to the tongue or cheeks, small tooth chips, and tooth fractures can often wait for a regular appointment. If you're unsure of how to proceed, you can call PCD as soon as possible after the injury, to be sure.

What happens during an emergency dental visit?

Controlling bleeding and managing pain are always priorities during a dental emergency. Otherwise, the procedures undertaken during your visit to PCD depend upon the nature of your emergency. 

An abscess, for instance, may require minor surgery to drain the infection. A broken tooth may respond best to a temporary fix until you can return for more extensive repairs.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

To help preserve a tooth that's been knocked out, keep it moist but avoid handling it as much as possible, and don't touch the root area. If you can, very gently place the tooth, root down, in the empty socket. If that's not possible, place it between your gums and cheek or in a small dish with milk and bring it with you to the PCD office.

If your child loses a baby tooth via injury, it is also smart for them to have a dental exam. A baby tooth that's been loosened but not lost may also re-implant with a soft diet for a few days.

If you've got a dental emergency, you can rely on the team at Phoenix Comprehensive Dentistry to see you as soon as possible. Call the office for further details.