Dental Emergencies & Urgent Dental Care in Portsmouth
How soon can I be seen?
We offer same-day emergency services for most conditions: Monday-Thursday 8-4 and Friday 8-2.
Who do I contact for an after hours emergency?
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma or lost teeth, please call our emergency number: Portsmouth Oral Surgery Office After Hours Phone Number 603-433-5405.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection.
Dental emergencies can be potentially life threatening and require immediate attention. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional immediately to stop ongoing tissue bleeding and alleviate severe pain or infection and include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding.
- Cellulitis or a diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with swelling that can potentially compromise your breathing.
- Trauma involving facial bones that could potentially compromise your breathing.
What is Urgent Dental Care?
Urgent Dental Care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate medical attention to relieve severe pain, infection or risk of infection, and to alleviate the burden on the hospital’s emergency room. These conditions will be treated as minimally invasive as possible and include:
- Substantial Toothache
- Significant Sensitivity
- Swollen or Sore Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
- Wisdom Teeth Pain or Pericoronitis(Inflammation around impacted wisdom teeth)
- Dry Socket Post-Wisdom Teeth Removal or dressing changes
- Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling
- Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
- Tooth Fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
Dental Emergency FAQs
What do I do if my tooth is knocked out?
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth.
Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely we can save your tooth! For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.
How do I manage pain?
If you can’t get into our office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:
- Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums.
- Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (NOT aspirin).
- Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
- Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
- Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
- Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
- Avoid chewing in the injured area.
- If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.
Do all dental emergencies cause pain?
Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present.