Emergency Dental Service
Get out of pain and back to your day!
Thousands of dental emergencies – from minor injuries to an abscessed tooth – take place every day. Knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. If you find yourself with an after-hours dental emergency, we are here to help.
Please call either (503)925-9992 or (503)266-6844
Either of these numbers will provide you with the after hours on call number.
Emergency Dental Care Services in Sherwood and Canby Oregon
Many conditions can cause toothaches. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, fever, and/or generalized weakness that you believe is related to a tooth problem, please contact Dr Cary immediately as this could indicate a serious medical condition.
While we work to avoid removal if possible, there are times when a tooth’s condition may require extraction.
Broken or Cracked Tooth
A broken or cracked tooth may or may not be painful. Stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure. Rinse the area with warm water to cleanse. A cold compress may be used to keep swelling down until you can see Dr Cary.
An abscess may present itself as toothache that is severe and continuous and results in gnawing or throbbing pain or sharp or shooting pain. These are common symptoms of an abscessed tooth. Other symptoms may include:
Pain when chewing
Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
Bitter taste in the mouth
Foul smell to the breath
Swollen neck glands
General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
Redness and swelling of the gums
Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw
An open, draining sore on the side of the gum
If the pulp in the root of the tooth dies as a result of infection, the toothache may stop. However, this doesn’t mean the infection has healed; the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue. Therefore, if you experience any of the above listed symptoms, it is important to see Dr Cary even if the pain subsides.
Lost Filling or Broken Crown
A lost filling may be replaced with temporary material that can be purchased at the drug store. The filling should then be replaced permanently to prevent decay from food or bacteria. A broken crown should be re-cemented to avoid decay on the remaining tooth structure. A small amount of temporary material or even toothpaste can be used to hold the crown in place until you are able to see Dr Cary.
Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and contact us as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to bring the tooth with you.