Sometimes, accidents and injuries can be prevented. Other times, there's nothing you could have done.
If you are having a dental emergency in Phoenix, AZ, whether it's broken dental crowns or failed dentures, don't worry about the reason behind it. Instead, call our office at (602) 482-2785 to see Dr. Cavendish as soon as possible for an emergency dental care appointment.
Your Trusted Emergency Dentist
Our emergency dentist, Dr. Matthew Cavendish, will almost always be able to see you the same day you call, provided we are open. If you cannot get in touch with us, you should visit your local emergency room. And if you are bleeding, use direct pressure with a sterile cloth (like gauze) to stop the bleeding.
Identify an Emergency
If you are worried that you might be bothering us with something that's not a dental emergency, don't be. We would much rather you call us to rule out a dental emergency. After all, we are here for you.
That said, here are some cases that definitely qualify as dental emergencies. Call our office immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:
- A severe toothache (either one that's suddenly appeared or one that's been around for a while and suddenly got a lot worse)
- A tooth that gets cracked or fractured
- A part of a tooth that has been broken off
- A large cut on your gums, tongue, or inside your mouth
- A tooth that is loose (either from an injury or for some reason you don't know)
- A tooth that comes out or gets knocked out
Before Your Dental Appointment
What you should do until your emergency dental care appointment depends on what's wrong.
- If you are bleeding, use a sterile cloth or gauze to stop it. If you cannot stop the bleeding, go to your emergency room instead.
- If a tooth breaks or falls out, place it in a small container with just enough water or milk to cover it to ensure the tooth and root do not dry out.
- If a tooth is loose, do your best to leave it alone.
- If you're in pain, take an OTC pain reliever that does not contain any aspirin.
Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best
Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do to prepare for dental emergencies. Many times, these happen because of accidents and injuries you never saw coming. However, you can make a dental emergency kit to help make these situations less problematic.
The kit should have a small, sealable container; some sterile gauze; a small bottle of water; some non-aspirin pain relievers; and a piece of paper with our name, address, and phone number.
We Are Here for Your Emergency
Don't suffer needlessly with a dental emergency and risk damaging your oral health. Please call the office of Matthew J. Cavendish immediately at (602) 482-2785 if you are having a dental emergency in Phoenix, AZ. The sooner we hear from you, the faster we can help you.