Emergency Dentistry

Main Family Dental Care

Lynn Griebahn, DDS

General Dentistry located in Davenport, IA

Knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, or a cracked tooth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. If you live in or near Davenport, Iowa, visit Main Family Dental Care. Lynn Griebahn, DDS, and their dental experts are here to take care of the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you have a dental emergency, call the office closest to you, or use the convenient online booking system.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What do emergency dentists do?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. A good many dental emergencies are situations that involve saving broken or knocked-out teeth. Coming into Main Family Dental Care as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

When should I call an emergency dentist?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition. These types of situations are generally considered dental emergencies:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • Trauma to your mouth or face
  • Swelling in your gums, tongue, or mouth
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A cut or tear on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. That said, feel free to contact an experienced dentist at Main Family Dental Care if you're concerned. They can explain how to take care of your tooth until you can make it into the office.

How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. If you don't seek dental care right away, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. Do your best to rinse your mouth and the damaged tooth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

As you clean the tooth, hold it gently by the top, or crown. Never pick up your tooth from the root. If possible, try to place it back into the socket in your gum where it came out. Close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Main Family Dental Care. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.

If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Main Family Dental Care for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.