Emergency Dentistry Practice

Rio Rancho Family Dental Care

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Rio Rancho, NM

A dental emergency can arise anytime, day or night, and having a trusted dental team to turn to can make the experience far easier to manage. For families in and around Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Grant Allen, DDS, and the team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care offer outstanding emergency dental services. If you encounter a dental emergency, call the office right away to determine your next steps. For less urgent dental needs, online booking is a convenient option.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a dental need that requires prompt treatment. Unlike many dental issues that can wait until a scheduled appointment, a dental emergency should be seen as quickly as possible. 

Some examples of dental emergencies include:

  • One or more knocked-out teeth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Tooth broken at the gum line
  • Large object stuck between teeth or in gum tissue
  • Abscess
  • Oral infection

Any dental problem that leads to severe pain should be considered a dental emergency. 

What should I do if I experience a knocked-out tooth?

The first step is locating the tooth and gently rinsing it to remove any dirt or debris. If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket, and keep it in place by gently biting down on a piece of clean gauze or cloth. You can also use your finger to hold the tooth in place. 

If that isn’t possible, place the tooth between your gums and cheek to keep it moist. You can also place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk. Never touch the root portion of a knocked-out tooth, as disrupting the cells on that surface can prevent successful reimplantation. 

Call Rio Rancho Family Dental Care right away to book an emergency visit. In some cases, your tooth can be saved if you’re able to get to the office right away. 

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Not all dental emergencies can be prevented. For example, an emergency could arise as a result of a car accident, assault, or even a simple fall. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of many dental emergencies. 

A good place to start is by coming to Rio Rancho Family Dental Care for routine dental exams and professional cleanings. These visits allow your dental team to identify areas of concern and begin treatment in the earliest possible stages, when dental decay and gum disease are easiest to treat. 

You should also avoid using your teeth to hold, pry, or tear anything that isn’t food. If you play sports or engage in physical activities that have a high risk of facial trauma, use the proper protective gear. Purchase mouth guards and helmets that offer a good fit, because if your gear isn’t comfortable you’re less likely to use it each and every time.

If you grind your teeth at night, consider a custom-fitted night guard. These devices prevent nighttime teeth grinding and help avoid damage to your teeth as well as your jaw. 

If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, call Rio Rancho Family Dental Care right away to discuss your best treatment options. Same-day appointments are available and can make a big difference in the outcome of a dental emergency.