What to Do If You Have a Dental Emergency After Hours

by | Mar 15, 2023 | Uncategorized

Dental Emergency After Hours

Emergencies, by nature, do not adhere to any semblance of a schedule, which means that there may come a time when you need emergency dental care after your dentist has closed.

While the prospect of a dental emergency can feel concerning, at Empire Dental Care, we want you to know that there are steps you can take both on your own and with an emergency dentist to ensure that you get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

It can be easy to know when you require immediate attention for some dental issues. For others, it may not be as obvious. When you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to consider your situation a dental emergency:

Swelling in the Jaw or Mouth

If you find that your jaw or mouth inexplicably begins swelling, it may indicate an issue that needs immediate attention, such as an infection or a problem with the lymph nodes. Don’t hesitate to seek out emergency dental services for such swelling.

An Unexplained Toothache

Should your tooth begin hurting without an easily identifiable reason, there can be a variety of causes. Some of these causes are not serious, while others constitute a dental emergency. When you experience an unexplained toothache, make sure to speak with your dentist as soon as possible.

While you await emergency care, you can use a cold compress or some over-the-counter pain relievers to address the toothache.

A Loose or Broken Restoration

A dental restoration that has come loose, broken, or fallen out can lead to significant pain. The underlying tooth is also exposed to damage, decay, and infection. This is something you’ll want to address very soon.

Bleeding or Swollen Gums

If your gums are bleeding or swollen, then you may require emergency dental care. Although these are not always indicators of a serious issue, they may be the symptom of a greater problem that requires immediate care.

A Knocked-Out Tooth

Most people won’t have to question whether they should contact emergency dental services when they’ve had a tooth knocked out, but there are some important things to note about this situation that some may not realize.

First, you can potentially have the tooth placed back in your mouth. For this reason, ensure not to handle the tooth by the root. Pick it up only by the crown and gently rinse it off. Then, attempt to put it back in its socket. If that doesn’t work, you can save it in milk while you await emergency dental care.

The quicker you are at seeking care, the better your odds of successfully placing the tooth back in its place.

Debris Lodged in the Teeth

If you can’t seem to get something out of your teeth with a toothbrush or dental floss, you don’t want just to leave it there. Not only will it remain uncomfortable and distracting while it’s in there, but it can also lead to infection or decay. This may not constitute an emergency appointment, but definitely call your dentist when they are open to get it taken care of.

A Dental Abscess

You may have a dental abscess if you’re experiencing a persistent toothache paired with:1

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A pustular sore around the aching tooth

This is a condition that requires immediate attention.

What to Do if You Need Emergency Dental Care After Hours

The first thing you should try to do during a dental emergency is to remain calm. While this can be easier said than done, you’re more likely to get the care you need when you need it if you can keep a level head.

Next, you’ll want to find a nearby dentist who offers emergency dental services.

Speaking with an emergency dentist can help you clarify exactly what you need to do to protect your oral health. This could involve getting into their office as soon as possible, receiving medical care, or following some simple instructions from home.

You won’t know the best course of action until you speak with a dental professional, so make sure to do so as soon as possible.

Emergency Dental Services with Empire Dental Care

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in Webster, NY, the compassionate team at Empire Dental Care can help you receive the care you need. Reach out to Empire Dental Care to schedule an appointment today. Call us at 585-671-1650.



[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/symptoms-causes/syc-20350901


Dr. Cohen has been practicing dentistry in private and public settings for over 10 years, completing her DMD degree in 2010 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Committed to providing dental care of the highest level, Dr. Cohen relocated to Rochester in 2016 to pursue advanced dental trainings at the Dental Urgent Care Fellowship at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, graduating in 2017, and the AEGD Residency program in 2019. She recently completed an additional advanced General Practice Residency program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY. This summer she moved back to Rochester with her husband Kevin, a native Rochesterian, to be closer to family. Throughout her career and personal life, Dr. Cohen has shown her genuine compassion and care to people and patients from all walks of life. She volunteered in underserved areas, practiced in clinics for patients with complex special needs, and treated medically compromised patients among others. She also taught and mentored other dentists and students helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Most of all, Dr. Cohen’s warm personality and love of people create a welcoming, comfortable feeling for both patients and staff.