DENTAL EMERGENCIES


Same Day Emergency Appointments

Austin City Dental is happy to serve you if you’re having a dental emergency—whether you’re a current or a new patient. In most cases, we will be able to accommodate walk-in appointments or offer a same-day appointment.

Once our team has addressed your dental emergency, we will advise of any follow up procedures that may be necessary.

Emergency dental care covers:

  • Tooth ache relief
  • Swollen jaw relief
  • Cracked tooth
  • Repair of lost or loose fillings
  • Sore gum relief
  • Root canal therapy
  • Infections
  • Sharp, jagged teeth

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Call our office for after-hours emergency contact. For all other medical and dental emergencies, call 911.

Treatment for Injured Teeth or Gums

After a tooth is traumatized, the following situations can occur:

  • No apparent damage to the tooth structure
  • The tooth becomes loose
  • Fracture of the crown of the tooth
  • Fracture of the root of the tooth
  • Tooth dislocation (like lateral movement, rotation, intrusion or extrusion)
  • Avulsion of the tooth (the entire tooth being knocked out)

Management after injury

After injury, even though there is no apparent damage to the crown of the tooth, invisible injury to the root may still occur. Therefore, it is necessary to go to see a dentist immediately after injury. The dentist will give a clinical examination and may perform the following treatment according to the situation : smoothen sharp edges of the fractured tooth and apply topical fluoride, filling, endodontic (pulp) treatment or extraction, etc.

Even if the tooth is vital right after the injury, it is possible that the tooth nerve may die off years later. Therefore, it is necessary to have follow-up reviews regularly as advised by the dentist.


If the crown of a tooth has been fractured, don't worry about finding the piece of tooth as it is best to restore the tooth with a new material. If the whole permanent tooth has been knocked out after the injury, you should take the following actions:

  • Pick up the knocked-off tooth by holding the crown ,do not touch the root
  • Use half a glass of plain water or milk to gently rinse off the dirt at the surface of tooth. Do not wash or scrub the root surface of the tooth to avoid damaging the soft tissues around the root.
  • Use the adjacent teeth as reference, put the tooth back into the socket and ask the injured person to gently bite together to hold the tooth in place. The sooner the tooth is put back, the greater the chance of it being preserved
  • If there is any difficulty in inserting the tooth into the socket, immerse the tooth in a container filled with either milk or saliva of the injured person. Make sure the tooth is completely immersed.
  • Seek treatment from dentist immediately

You should seek help immediately after oral structure or tooth injury because the sooner the treatment is received, the greater the chance of preserving the tooth. Afterwards, the replanted tooth should be reviewed by the dentist regularly to ensure the success of the treatment.