Emergencies & Dental Trauma
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.
Emergency coverage is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After-office hours, please call our office. Please listen carefully to the message and instructions, leaving your name, phone number, and pertinent information. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
There are a variety of symptoms and situations that may require immediate care, such as:
Traumatic injuries can result in the need for dental treatment. Fractured or cracked teeth, a displaced tooth, or even a tooth that has been knocked out (avulsed) are common results of dental trauma.
More about Tooth Trauma
Severe tooth pain that cannot be managed with over-the-counter pain medication may need emergency attention. Severe decay or an infection of the pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) could be the reason. The tooth could also have a crack that is not visible.
When gum pain is severe enough to cause swelling and inflammation, it is possible that there is a serious infection. Pain and swelling under the tongue or along the jaw can be an indication of a bacterial infection that requires immediate treatment to avoid the infection spreading to the pericardial tissue around the heart.
A cracked tooth can be painful, especially if the root is exposed. Cold, heat, sweets, and sometimes just breathing in and out can be excruciating. The sooner you seek dental care the better to relieve the pain and to protect the tooth from decay and possible infection.
A tooth can break due to trauma or even biting down on hard food. Similar to a cracked tooth, a broken tooth is serious, especially if the break reaches the pulp. It can be just as painful if not more so, and is also susceptible to decay and infection. Early treatment is key to preserve what is left of the tooth.
If a tooth comes out, from either trauma or any other reason, time is of the essence. The sooner a lost tooth is addressed the better the chances that it can be put back in place. These are the most common examples of emergent dental issues, but other situations may also apply. If you have pain or any other dental problem, call (203) 248-7400, follow the instructions, and wait for a call back. On the call, you may be asked some questions about your symptoms so that the dentist can make a decision about the urgency of your needs.
We take your call seriously
Golia Dental treats every call as an urgent emergency until it is proven otherwise. Your situation will be given immediate consideration and your call will be returned promptly. The severity of your condition will determine when you will be seen at the office. If you are in need of emergency dental care, call Golia Dental right away: (203) 248-7400.
Emergencies & Dental Trauma FAQs
Why does my tooth implant feel loose?
There are two reasons your dental implant might feel loose: the restoration attached to the dental implant (the crown, bridge, or denture) may need to be tightened or the dental implant itself may be loose in your jaw. If it’s only the restoration that is loose, it’s good news—your implant is not compromised and we can tighten the restoration in a simple, painless office visit. If the dental implant is loose, urgent dental care is needed in order to save it. Call our office right away for an emergency appointment. Dental implants can be loose due to dental trauma, infection, or implant failure.
Can a failed dental implant be replaced?
If you come to our office with a failed dental implant and it needs to be removed, there’s a very good chance that we will be able to replace it eventually, but not right away. First, we’ll want to allow your soft tissue and bone the chance to heal. We’ll provide you with a temporary restoration in the meantime and plan on evaluating whether you’re ready for a new dental implant in a few months’ time.
How long can I go with a broken crown?
We don’t recommend going more than 24 hours without a dental crown, as it leaves your tooth vulnerable to damage or decay. If your crown falls off and your tooth is painful or you notice that part of your tooth has also broken off, call our office immediately for an emergency appointment.
How do I know if I have a tooth infection?
The most common sign of an infected tooth is pain. Specifically, you’ll have a toothache that is severe, constant, and produces a throbbing sensation. Other signs of an infected tooth include a dental abscess (a small, pimple-like bump on the gums), discharge, and a foul odor or taste in your mouth. You may also notice swelling and warmth in the area surrounding the painful tooth.
Can I go to the hospital for a dental emergency?
If you have a dental emergency that also involves severe facial trauma or uncontrolled bleeding, you should go to your nearest emergency room for treatment. Once the situation is under control and your condition has stabilized, you can make an appointment with us to get the dental care you need. For any other type of dental emergency, we recommend calling our office rather than going to the emergency room, as ERs do not have dentists on staff.