Emergency Dentistry

Dental problems aren't planned, and appointments can't always be scheduled in advance. When you need emergency dentistry services we will work to restore your smile as quickly as possible so that you can put the pain and the injury behind you.

Emergency Dentist in New Albany, IN

Dental emergencies can be distressing, but knowing what constitutes one can help you react promptly. Some common emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken dental restorations, and abscesses. Seeking treatment swiftly is crucial to prevent further complications and alleviate pain. Rest assured, our office understands the urgency of such situations, and we allocate time in our schedule to accommodate same-day emergency appointments. Your well-being matters to us, and we’re here to provide the prompt and compassionate care you need during dental emergencies.

Office Hours

Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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A patient in need of emergency dental treatment
  • What is a dental emergency?

    A dental emergency refers to any situation involving the teeth, gums, or surrounding tissues that requires immediate attention from a dental professional to alleviate pain, prevent further damage, or save a tooth. Common dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out or partially dislodged teeth, broken or cracked teeth, dental abscesses, severe gum swelling or bleeding, and injury to the soft tissues of the mouth. It’s important to recognize the signs of a dental emergency and seek prompt treatment to prevent complications and preserve oral health.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    Handling a dental emergency effectively involves several steps to alleviate pain and prevent further damage:

    1. Stay Calm: Remain calm and assess the situation. Panicking can make matters worse.
    2. Contact Your Dentist: Call your dentist immediately to explain the situation and arrange for an emergency appointment. Many dental offices set aside time for urgent cases.
    3. Manage Pain: If you’re experiencing pain, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help temporarily alleviate discomfort. Avoid placing aspirin directly on the gums or teeth, as it can cause burns.
    4. Control Bleeding: If there’s bleeding from the mouth, rinse gently with warm water and apply pressure using a clean cloth or gauze.
    5. Save Dislodged Teeth: If a tooth is knocked out, handle it by the crown (the top part), not the root. Rinse it gently with water if dirty, but do not scrub or remove any attached tissue. Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket if possible, or store it in milk or saliva until you can see your dentist.
    6. Address Swelling: Apply a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a cloth to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
    7. Protect Broken Teeth or Restorations: If a tooth is cracked or broken, rinse your mouth with warm water and avoid chewing on that side. If a dental restoration (such as a filling or crown) comes loose, keep it if possible and bring it to your appointment.
    8. Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions: Your dentist will provide specific instructions based on your situation. Follow these carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

    Remember, timely intervention is crucial in dental emergencies to prevent further complications and preserve oral health. If you’re unsure whether your situation constitutes an emergency, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and contact your dentist for guidance.

  • What should I do if I have a knocked out tooth?

    If you have a knocked-out tooth, follow these steps promptly to improve the chances of saving the tooth:

    1. Handle the Tooth Carefully: Pick up the tooth by the crown (the top part that’s usually visible in the mouth), not the root. Touching the root can damage delicate tissues necessary for reattachment.
    2. Rinse the Tooth (if necessary): If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Avoid scrubbing or removing any attached tissue fragments.
    3. Attempt to Reinsert the Tooth (if possible): Try to place the tooth back into its socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. Hold it in place by gently biting down on a clean cloth or gauze.
    4. Keep the Tooth Moist: If you can’t reinsert the tooth, store it in milk, saliva, or a tooth preservation solution recommended by your dentist. Avoid storing it in water, as this can damage the delicate root cells.
    5. Seek Immediate Dental Care: Contact your dentist or emergency dental clinic right away. Time is critical in saving a knocked-out tooth, so aim to see a dentist within 30 minutes if possible.
    6. Manage Pain and Bleeding: Use a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a cloth to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. If there’s bleeding from the socket, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze.

    Remember, the chances of successfully reattaching a knocked-out tooth decrease with time, so act quickly and seek professional dental care as soon as possible.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about urgent and emergency dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Netter Family Dental

4000 Technology Ave
New Albany, IN 47150
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Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.



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