Emergency Dentistry

Benjamin C. Wang, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Benjamin C. Wang, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Portland, OR

Dental emergencies never seem to happen at convenient times. That’s why Benjamin Wang, DMD, offers emergency services at his practice in north Portland, Oregon. If you have a cracked, knocked-out, or painful tooth, call him and his team for help. His daily schedule typically allows him to work you in, so you never have to navigate a dental emergency alone. Call Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to request an appointment or click on the online booking tool at your convenience.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What do you consider a dental emergency?

When you have severe pain or an injury that can’t wait until the next available appointment, seek immediate dental care. Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of the mouth or face
  • Loss of a permanent tooth
  • An abscessed tooth
  • A severe crack in your tooth
  • Broken dental work

If you’re unsure whether you require emergency dental care, you can always call Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to help you make that determination.

When should I go to the emergency room instead?

If you experience a traumatic injury, such as an athletic accident or vehicle collision, seek an immediate medical evaluation. Head to the ER for any dental injury accompanied by unstoppable bleeding or a visible deformity.

If a fever or vomiting accompanies an infection or abscess, consult your doctor right away. These symptoms may signal that your infection has spread to other parts of the body.

If you can’t reach your dentist or are unsure what to do, you can always seek treatment at the closest emergency room.

What should I do until I get to the dentist’s office?

In many cases, a cold compress and over-the-counter pain relievers help reduce pain and swelling. If you crack your tooth, bite your tongue, or have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it.

If your tooth gets knocked out, try to place it back in the socket and hold it in place with moist gauze. If it doesn’t fit back in the socket, carry it in a glass of milk or water to the dentist’s office.

You should also bring any dislodged dental work such as crowns with you to the dentist.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, you can decrease their likelihood. First, practice proper oral hygiene habits and attend your routine cleanings. Dr. Wang can detect faulty dental work and other causes for concern before they become major problems.

To prevent your teeth or dental work from breaking, refrain from chewing hard substances like candy or ice. Athletes should wear appropriate safety gear, such as mouthguards, to prevent dental injuries.

If you need emergency dental services, call Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. Their dental team reserves time in their schedule for urgent dental needs, so you don’t need to wait.