Dr. Hoffert will make every effort to respond to a dental emergency and will see patients on the same day whenever possible. For emergencies occurring during office hours, contact us at 828.252.7304.
For patients of record who are experiencing an emergency after hours, please call 828.713.9533 to speak with the dentist on call.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies or pain in the mouth should not be ignored. Addressing any problems immediately can often prevent permanent or costly damage. Here are some common emergencies and steps you can take to minimize pain:
Knocked out tooth – Contact us immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If the tooth is dirty, rinse the root in water, but do not scrub or removed attached tissue fragments. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket within one hour of being knocked out.
Lost Filling or Crown – Contact us as soon as possible. Do not use temporary measures to replace the filling or re-cement the crown. An over the counter pain reliever such as aspirin may ease discomfort.
Toothache – Contact us as soon as possible. Toothaches are caused by a number of things. First, try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any food that is trapped between your teeth. If you have swelling in the surrounding tissue, a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek.
Abscess – Contact us immediately. An abscess is a serious condition that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body. Rinsing with a mild saltwater solution may help to ease discomfort and draw pus to the surface of the gum tissue.