Sometimes dental problems can’t wait. At Contemporary Family Dentistry, we know how disruptive tooth pain and other dental issues can be to your daily life. That’s why we do our very best to get you in the same day when you’re experiencing an emergency. We’ll identify the source of your pain, list your treatment options, and handle the situation ASAP. Our team has years of experience with emergency dental care, and can get you exactly what you need without delay!


At Contemporary Family Dentistry, we welcome you to call us at the earliest sign of something wrong with your teeth or those of your child. We can consult with you over the phone and let you know our professional opinion about when you should come in, or if you should go to the local emergency room. If we hear symptoms or signs of an injury that does require our immediate emergency care, we’ll get your family an appointment right away in most cases.

Common emergency mouth injuries include:

  • Accident-related tooth breaks. If you bit into something hard, fell and hit your teeth, or suffered a sports-related mouth injury, you may need emergency care. These accidents can result in broken, cracked, or missing teeth. Chipped teeth and minor fractures can wait for our normal business hours. Anything worse, such as a tooth that gets knocked out, needs to be addressed right away.

  • If an accident did knock out one of your teeth, stay calm. Try to handle the tooth as little as possible. If you can put the tooth back in the socket, do so carefully, and hold it in place by biting down on a piece of sterile gauze or wet tea bag. Be extremely careful not to swallow the tooth. If you can’t replace the tooth, clean it off and put it in a baggie with milk or your saliva until you see a professional. Apply a cold, wet compress to stop bleeding from your open socket. If the only injury is the missing tooth, call us right away! If the injury is more severe or you cannot reach us, go to the emergency room. 

  • Severe pain in your tooth. Sometimes emergencies aren’t as obvious as falling and losing a tooth. If you’re experiencing pain in one of your teeth or swelling of your gums, you may have an emergency such as an abscessed tooth, a loose filling, or damage to the tooth’s pulp tissues. In these scenarios, give us a call to schedule an emergency appointment. We can likely get you an appointment quickly to solve the problem.


When experiencing a dental emergency, call Contemporary Family Dentistry. We will listen to your story and advise you on whether or not to seek medical attention at a local hospital. If we have room to see you right away, we’ll schedule the appointment. We can often see you the very same day you call. If you call outside of our normal business hours, follow the directions on our  answering machine and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! 

If you can’t wait, seek medical care instead. Again, if you knocked out a tooth, have a big piece of a tooth missing, a major crack, or feel like you have nerve damage, go to the hospital right away. The ER staff can help you learn whether or not your emergency can wait for your dentist. In a dental emergency, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The actions you take in the first hour after the incident can make a difference in how you heal later. Just know that our team is available when you need us most, at our convenient Newport Avenue location!

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