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A child having a dental emergency.

It can be difficult to know what constitutes as a dental emergency at first glance. However, according to Dr. Walker, dental emergencies tend to fall into two categories. The first includes toothaches, which could be a sign of decay or an oral infection. The alternative is physical trauma, typically due to a bad fall or sporting injury. Our office is equipped to handle both, regardless of your age. If you or your youngest is suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our office as soon as possible!


How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Even if you aren’t sure if you’re having a dental emergency, you should always call our practice for help. This way, you can schedule an emergency appointment and get additional advice to manage your situation prior to your visit. Until then, here’s what you should do for the following emergencies.


Confirm that no food debris is caught in between your teeth using dental floss. If pain persists or is severe, take over-the-counter painkillers and get to our office. Depending on the cause, antibiotics or root canal therapy may be needed.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Save any pieces of tooth that you can. To avoid accidentally cutting the inside of your mouth, place dental wax on your tooth for temporary protection. When you visit our office, you will likely need a dental crown to cover the damaged portion of your tooth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

After locating the tooth, pick it up by the crown portion. Avoid touching or removing any tissue still attached to the root. Once you’ve gently rinsed the tooth of any dirt or debris, rinse your mouth out with warm water and attempt to place the tooth back into your socket. If not possible, place the tooth in milk and get to our office within the hour. The sooner you arrive, the better your chances are of reimplanting the tooth.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you still have the restoration, use dental cement or denture adhesive to temporarily reseat it. You can also apply clove oil to your tooth prior to placement to reduce discomfort, just make sure to rinse your mouth out with warm water beforehand. If you do not have the restoration, you can also use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the tooth until your emergency visit.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

For the most part, dental emergencies are avoidable by practicing daily oral care. This includes brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily to remove plaque from teeth. Additionally, you’ll want to visit our office once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Checkups help Dr. Walker catch issues before they become emergencies, while cleanings work to remove tartar and plaque from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. If you participate in contact sports, you should always wear a protective sports guard.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

The way in which your issue is handled largely depends on the severity of your emergency. In some cases, antibiotics are all that is needed to treat an oral infection. However, if this infection is more severe and decay is also present, then root canal therapy may be performed. A chipped tooth may only require minor buffing to look more uniform, while a severely chipped or cracked tooth may require full-blown extraction to prevent an infection. The best way to determine the cost of your treatment is to visit our office for a more thorough examination. Once completed, we can provide a more reliable estimate for your treatment!

Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s

Many patients can be shocked when a dental emergency occurs because they have questions about what happens next. Dr. Walker has heard certain questions enough that he wants his patients to know the answers before even stepping foot into his office. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry along with their helpful and useful answers for your safety and convenience.

How Do I Know I Have a Dental Emergency?

If you’re wondering whether or not you have an emergency, just remember that if you have pain in your mouth that is affecting your day to day, you should probably come see us. Any prolonged pain, bleeding, swelling, sores, or abscesses that you notice is considered an emergency and should be addressed. Additionally, injury or trauma to the face are considered a dental injury that we can treat unless it is life threatening. In that case, we recommend that you go to the hospital right away.

Any changes that you notice in your mouth should be addressed, but it’s especially important to seek care for dental emergencies. Unlike most medical conditions that improve with time, dental problems tend to get worse with prolonged treatment.

If I Have a Tooth Knocked-Out, Can it Be Saved?

If your tooth gets knocked-out, there is still a chance of saving it! The quicker that you can get to our office, the better. Once your tooth is knocked-out and you’ve rinsed it, try to put it back in your socket. If this isn’t possible, you can place it in milk or water until you can come in to see us. If you’re able to come in to see our emergency dentist in Sugarhouse within a couple hours of the incident, you’ll have a high likelihood that it can be successfully replanted.

Does My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know whether or not your insurance covers your dental emergency without examining your mouth first. Some emergencies can be treated with a simple antibiotic regimen, while others may require more extensive dental restorations. Either way, our friendly and helpful team will do their best to give you quality care that is also affordable. Additionally, for those without dental insurance, we offer financing options to give you the care that you need and deserve.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canals are one of the most common procedures that we perform for patients with toothaches. While they have a bad reputation, root canals are actually designed to get patients out of pain rather than put them in it. If you need a root canal, we will remove all of your damaged, decayed, or infected dental tissue, and then fill your tooth with a material called gutta-percha. After, we will seal it with a crown or filling, depending on the size of the affected area. Root canals tend to have an association with discomfort, but the only pain you’ll feel is a little sensitivity after your procedure that will go away in a few days.