Emergency Dental Care
Same-Day Appointments in Oak Creek
Dr. Saleki has been treating dental emergencies for years, and he knows just what to do in a tough situation. We offer same-day appointments for patients experiencing extreme pain or dental injuries, and we always prioritize emergency cases. Call us immediately at (414) 762-9010 if you are having a dental emergency.
what is a dental emergency?
Though people typically know when to head to the hospital for urgent healthcare needs, dental emergencies are often not as obvious and many people wonder if they are, in fact, experiencing an emergency. A dental emergency qualifies as any painful situation with your teeth or mouth that you cannot treat on your own. These situations include, but are not limited to:
- A tooth that has been knocked out, damaged or become loose in an injury
- Past dental work (fillings or crowns) that have fallen out or become loose
- Excessive bleeding or extreme pain
If you’re still not sure whether you are experiencing an emergency, don’t hesitate to call us at (414) 762-9010 to discuss your symptoms with one of our experts.
what to do in a dental emergency
The most important thing to remember in a dental emergency is to stay calm. Avoiding panic will help you make the right decisions for your dental health quickly and safely. Schedule a same-day appointment or stop by the office as soon as possible, because the sooner you treat damaged teeth, the better the outcome will be for recovery.
If your tooth has been knocked out, place it back in its socket or in a cup of cold milk until you can make it to the office. To mitigate pain, use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth or take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Do not use aspirin in a dental emergency, because this can prevent blood clots from forming and lead to excessive bleeding from the mouth.
What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?
Wondering what counts as a dental emergency? There are many different oral issues that qualify as emergencies and require immediate, same-day treatment at Oak Creek Dental Care.
- Loose or pulled-out dental work – This is one of the most common dental emergencies. If you have a loose or pulled-out crown or filling, your tooth may hurt and be vulnerable to decay and damage. It is important to have it restored right away.
- Toothaches (infected teeth) – A toothache can indicate an infected tooth, which will need to be treated with a root canal as soon as possible. Failure to get help for an infected tooth will result in the tooth dying, and eventually falling out.
- Bleeding gums/oral lacerations – If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, you could have a serious case of gum disease, and require emergency treatment to prevent the condition from getting worse. If you’re bleeding because of oral lacerations (cuts) to your lips, tongue, gums and cheeks, you may also need emergency care.
- Damaged teeth (cracks, chips, etc.) – If your teeth are damaged by an oral injury, you need to have them repaired immediately to restore your smile, eliminate your pain and discomfort, and prevent complications like tooth infections.
- Loose or knocked-out teeth – A loose tooth can usually be saved by splinting it to the adjacent teeth until it heals. A knocked-out tooth must be re-implanted and splinted within 1-2 hours of being knocked out to save it. If you wait too long the tooth will die, and we won’t be able to replace it.
This is not a completely comprehensive list. As a rule, we consider a dental emergency to be any issue which causes you significant pain, discomfort and bleeding, and that you can’t treat on your own. If your condition meets those criteria, contact Oak Creek Dental Care for an appointment right away.
How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth
First, recover your tooth. Grab it by the crown (the top of the tooth) not the root. You can rinse it with warm water if necessary. Do not use soap as this will kill the tooth. Then, replace the tooth in the socket, if possible. If this is not possible, you can keep it moist by putting it in a small container or baggie filled with milk.
Next, come to Oak Creek Dental Care immediately. Give us a call at (414) 762-9010 once you’re on your way, so we can prepare for your appointment. Your tooth needs to be replaced within two hours (ideally within one hour) to save it.
Why You need to See An EMergency Dentist As Soon As Possible
Getting immediate help for dental emergencies has a number of different benefits. First, it provides you with relief from the pain of an oral injury or dental emergency, which can interfere with your day-to-day life.
Additionally, getting immediate help from an emergency dentist like Dr. Saleki ensures you will avoid further complications, and restore your oral health quickly, saving you both time and money.