Dental Emergencies

If You Have An Emergency, Call Us Now So We Can Help

If you have a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth, the first thing you need to do is call us at regardless of the time of day. We are here to help get you out of pain and restore your smile.

Q: What Is A Dental Emergency, And What Can Wait?
Q: Can I Prepare For A Dental Emergency?
Q: What Is An Emergency Appointment?
Q: What Can I Do While I Wait To Be Seen?

Q: What Is A Dental Emergency, And What Can Wait?

You are not alone if you have a situation and aren’t sure whether you need to make that emergency phone call. Here are some situations that are definitely dental emergencies. In other words, call us immediately if you have any of the following:

  • You have a severe toothache that you can’t handle anymore
  • One of your adult teeth has either been knocked loose or has come out
  • You have cut or injured your cheeks, gums, or tongue
  • One or more teeth have been cracked or broken

If you are bleeding from the mouth and cannot get it to stop, then please go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

If you are still unsure if your situation is really an emergency, the best thing is to call us so we can help make that decision.

Q: Can I Prepare For A Dental Emergency?

Since most emergencies are accidents or injuries, it’s hard to prepare for them. One thing you can do is create a small dental emergency kit. In a sealable container, put in a piece of paper with our contact information, some sterile gauze, a small bottle of clean water, and a tiny container for any teeth that have been knocked out. This way, you will have what you need to stop bleeding and can contact us when an emergency happens.

Q: What Is An Emergency Appointment?

An emergency appointment is simply one that you did not plan on having. At our Tulsa, OK dental office, we can normally see both new and returning patients on the same day that you call with an emergency. If you call outside of our normal business hours, you will be put in touch with Dr. Cornell’s cell phone to make sure you can get the care you urgently need.

Q: What Can I Do While I Wait To Be Seen?

What you should do first depends on the type of emergency you’re facing.

  • If a tooth is loose, leave it alone as much as you can.
  • If a tooth has come out or a piece has broken off, place the tooth or piece in a small container and cover with either milk or water.
  • If you are bleeding, stop it using direct pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If the bleeding won’t stop, go to the nearest emergency room.
  • You can take over-the-counter painkillers but do not take any aspirin-based products.

Dental emergencies can happen any time, which is why you should always call us or email us when such a problem happens.