Your dental emergency is our priority. If you need urgent dental care during our regular office hours, give us a call at 401-364-6300 and we will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. We offer early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments for your convenience.
Of course, not all dental emergencies occur during office hours. If our office is closed, give us a call and follow the instructions provided. One of our team members will return your call as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies
What is considered a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies include bleeding that cannot be controlled, unbearable tooth pain, or a tooth that needs immediate care in order to be saved after being knocked out or damaged. If you are experiencing any of these situations, call our office right away for an emergency dental appointment.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
When you lose a tooth due to an accident, it can be scary, but the good news is that it can usually be saved with prompt emergency care. Hold the tooth by the crown—never touch the root—and rinse off any dust or debris using milk or saliva. You can attempt to reinsert the tooth back into the socket yourself, or place it in a small cup of saliva or milk and bring it to your appointment. Call our office as soon as you are able for emergency treatment—we will reinsert the tooth and stabilize it to encourage your gums to reattach.
Is a broken tooth an emergency?
If your broken tooth is sharp or painful or if your tooth is badly damaged, it’s considered a dental emergency. Call our office and we will provide you with instructions and make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. If you’ve suffered only a minor chip and are not experiencing any pain, give our office a call—while a chipped tooth is not considered a dental emergency, we can schedule an appointment to see you soon and repair your tooth with dental bonding or a veneer.
What can I do for severe tooth pain?
The first thing to do if you’re experiencing severe tooth pain is to try flossing. It may sound strange, but food stuck between two teeth is often a cause of toothaches. If this doesn’t help, it’s likely that you have an infection, fracture, or cavity that needs treatment. Call our office to make an appointment. In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, cold compresses, numbing gels, or salt water rinses for temporary relief.
Can a broken crown be repaired?
Sometimes a broken crown can be repaired, but other times a new crown must be made to replace it. It’s important to get prompt treatment when a crown breaks to prevent further damage and infection. You can place dental wax or a piece of sugarless gum onto the affected tooth to protect it temporarily, then call our office for an appointment.