There are times that a patient may experience a dental problem after office hours. Below is information on how common dental problems may be managed until the office re-opens.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO NOTE: While our office has attempted to be thorough when compiling this information, the list is not comprehensive and there may be dental issues that arise that are not listed. If you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency and are unsure what to do, you should seek professional attention at either the emergency room or urgent care. In the event of a severe emergency, call 911 immediately. Our office is not responsible for any charges a patient may incur as a result of our recommendations and/or their emergency care. All charges from emergency room, ambulance, urgent care, other DDS, specialist or elsewhere are the sole responsibility of the patient.

A toothache is unfortunately a common dental emergency. It often results from decay or some type of infection, either in the tooth or gum tissue.

For a minor toothache, use warm salt water rinses and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen) as directed to alleviate pain. You may also use a topical benzocaine, such as Orajel or oil of cloves on tooth or gum to numb area. A cold compress can be used on the outside cheek. Do not place aspirin on tooth or gum tissue as it may cause burns. Follow up with our office the next business day.

For a more severe toothache, if the above measures provide no relief, or if there is swelling present, proceed to the emergency room or urgent care. You most likely need an antibiotic. Follow up with our office the next business day.