Emergencies are very important in our office. We always leave space open in the morning and the afternoon, so we will see somebody that day. If any of our patients have pain or a concern or a dental issue, it's paramount that we get them in and address it as soon as possible.
Your Trusted Emergency Dentist
If you think you need emergency dental care in North Phoenix or Scottsdale, call us immediately at 602-842-6504. Our emergency dentist, Dr. Cavendish, will almost always be able to see you the same day you call if we are open. If you cannot get ahold of us, you should visit your local emergency room. And if you are bleeding, use direct pressure with a sterile cloth (like gauze) to stop the bleeding.
Is Your Problem An Emergency?
If you are worried that you might be bothering us with something that’s not a dental emergency, don’t be. We would much rather you call us to rule out a dental emergency. After all, we are here for you. That said, here are some cases that definitely qualify as dental emergencies. Call us immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:
- A severe toothache (either one that’s suddenly appeared or one that’s been around for a while, just never as bad)
- A tooth that gets cracked or fractured
- A part of a tooth that has been broken off
- A large cut on your gums, tongue, or inside your mouth
- A tooth that is loose (either from an injury or for some reason you don’t know)
- A tooth that comes out or gets knocked out
Before Your Dental Appointment
What you should do until your emergency dental care appointment depends on what’s wrong.
- If you are bleeding, use a sterile cloth or gauze to stop it. If you cannot stop the bleeding, go to your emergency room instead.
- If a tooth breaks or falls out, place it in a small container with just enough water or milk to cover it. (Teeth should not dry out.)
- If a tooth is loose, do your best to leave it alone.
- If you’re in pain, take an OTC pain reliever that does not contain any aspirin.
Plan for Worst, Hope for Best
Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to prepare for dental emergencies. Many times, these happen because of accidents and injuries you never saw coming. However, you can make a dental emergency kit to help make these situations less problematic. The kit should have a small, sealable container; some sterile gauze; a small bottle of water; some non-aspirin pain relievers; and a piece of paper with our name, address, and phone number.
Again, call us immediately at 602-842-6504 if you are having a dental emergency. The sooner we hear from you, the faster we can help you.