Emergency Services

Dental emergencies can happen—and they usually happen at the most inopportune times.

If you find yourself experiencing dental pain, you have suffered an injury to your mouth, or you have lost a tooth, don’t panic—but don’t wait to call us either. Even if you are a new patient, we always leave room in our schedule for dental emergencies, and we will probably be able to get you in for an appointment.

If you have had something happen and you are not sure whether it is an emergency or not, you should still call us. We can help determine whether you need to be seen right away or if we can schedule you for our next open appointment.

Reasons You Might Need an Emergency Dentist

If you have suffered a blow or injury to your mouth, you should probably give us a call so we can get you in right away—particularly if one of your teeth has become broken or cracked. Even if your teeth appear to be fine, Dr. Richard Rathke can conduct a full examination to ensure there hasn’t been any damage done to your teeth below the gum line.

If your tooth is completely avulsed (knocked out), it’s crucial to get immediate attention to improve the chances of saving your tooth. Try to keep the tooth moist—either in your own saliva or in a container of milk—while you get yourself to the dentist.

Another common dental emergency is a toothache that goes from bad to excruciating very quickly. When your tooth pain is unbearable, it might be because of an infection in the tooth root. A root canal will not only end your pain, but it can save your tooth as well.

Reasons You Might Be Able to Wait to See a Dentist

Sometimes your situation might feel like an emergency, but it isn’t. For example, if you have lost a dental crown or filling, you will have sensitivity in the area, but you can probably wait to be seen. If you have food stuck between your teeth that isn’t coming out with flossing, it might be irritating but it is not an emergency. Mild pain in your mouth that doesn’t get worse warrants a trip to the dentist, but you can probably wait until the next available appointment slot.

How to Prevent Most Dental Emergencies

There are many reasons to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings, and the prevention of dental emergencies is just one of them.

When you skip routine dental appointments, potential problems go undetected. A small spot of decay on your tooth that could have been taken care of with a simple dental filling grows into a large cavity that leads to an infection in your gums and a toothache. Whereas before a filling might have sufficed, you now need a root canal.

Call Us When You Experience a Dental Emergency

Call your New Orleans dentist at Downtown Dental if you need emergency care. We can talk you through whatever you are experiencing to help determine whether you need to be seen that day.