When you have a dental emergency, you need care immediately. Our emergency dentists are here to help! At Ammons Dental By Design, we strive to get you into our dental office the very same day you notify us of your emergency. If you’re searching for emergency dental care, contact our office today!Contact Us
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies often have a quick onset, but knowing the common emergency scenarios will help you know when to seek professional attention. Whether you’re a new or existing patient, if you’re experiencing any of the following, please call one of our dental offices in Augusta, Camden, Downtown Charleston, James Island, or Summerville immediately.
- Chronic Toothache
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Chipped Tooth
- Lost Filling or Restoration
- Loose Tooth
- Severe Pain While Chewing
When you’re worried about saving your tooth or experiencing excruciating pain, it can be difficult to feel relaxed in the dental chair. We offer sedation options to help relieve some of the anxiety you may be feeling and provide you with a more comfortable dental experience. Please contact our emergency dentists to learn more.
A dental emergency doesn’t wait for financial preparedness. These scenarios are chaotic enough without having to factor in the cost of treatment. At Ammons Dental By Design, we provide you with several specials and financial solutions to ease your unexpected costs. We are in-network with several dental insurance providers, accept third-party patient financing through LendingClub® and CareCredit®, and offer special discounts for qualifying patients. Don’t place your care behind your budget. Call us today!
Emergency Dental FAQ
Can You Go to the ER For Tooth Pain?
Pain is a symptom of a medical problem. Pain usually isn’t an emergency, especially if it’s the only symptom you have. A toothache is seldom a medical emergency.
However, if your tooth pain is accompanied by a fever or swelling that is spreading, go to the ER. If an injury causes tooth pain, go to the ER. If your toothache makes it difficult to swallow or breathe, go to the ER.
If you are bleeding from an earlier extraction, do not go to the ER. If your pain is from a broken tooth, do not go to the ER.
Is a Loose Tooth a Dental Emergency?
A loose tooth in a child is rarely an emergency unless it’s due to an injury. A loose tooth in an adult is not normal and may be a dental emergency.
Consulting a dentist promptly means that you may be able to save the tooth. Quick treatment also prevents infections and other complications.
Your dentist also determines if there’s an underlying disease causing your tooth to loosen. Serious causes of loose teeth include osteoporosis, gum disease, and abscesses.
Can the ER Pull a Tooth?
In most states, only a dentist can provide dental care, including pulling a tooth. Emergency Rooms rarely have a dentist on staff.
Some ERs make an exception in cases of severe trauma. For example, if all your teeth have been broken in an accident, they can call in an oral surgeon for emergency care.
Otherwise, the ER staff can give you something for your pain and possibly an antibiotic. They will then advise you to contact your dentist or, if needed, an emergency care dentist.
What Helps Unbearable Tooth Pain?
Contact either your regular dentist or an emergency care dentist as soon as possible. Unless they recommend otherwise, home remedies can provide temporary relief.
Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are all proven pain killers. Take them as directed rather than placing them on the painful area.
Other helpful remedies include applying a cold compress to your cheek and rinsing your mouth with saltwater. Applying medicated ointments and elevating your head when you sleep also relieve tooth pain.