Dental Emergency

Dental EmergencySome people describe a toothache as the worst pain they’ve ever experienced, and that can certainly be true. If you have intense tooth pain that keeps you awake, or you lose a crown, chip a tooth, or manage to have a tooth knocked out completely, Dr. Darren Chugg is here for you—and your kids—with fast and reliable emergency dentistry services.

Dental emergency?
Call Artistic Design Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ at 480-563-0525.
We see patients in dental emergencies the same day, in most cases.

Are You Having a Dental Emergency?

A Toothache

What actually qualifies as a dental emergency? If you are in significant pain that doesn’t respond to ibuprofen or acetaminophen, we consider it an emergency. You can’t sleep, you can’t work, and your life is disrupted? That’s an emergency, for sure.

If you have a nagging toothache that keeps returning, but it doesn’t keep you from normal daily activities and sleep, call us to schedule a next-available appointment. If you like, we can add your name to our call list and alert you of appointment times that open due to cancellations, so you can be seen even earlier.

A Broken/Chipped Tooth

Though our teeth are extremely durable, they can crack or chip if exposed to intense, fast pressure – like a hard blow to the face by an object or by biting down hard on a metal fork. Sometimes, chipped teeth don’t hurt, they just look funny. Other times, a chip or crack may be quite deep, causing serious pain to the sensitive dentin beneath the enamel, or to the nerve within the tooth’s canal. If pain is the issue, refer to “a toothache” above.
However, if you don’t experience any discomfort, simply call us to schedule a visit at your convenience. Dr. Chugg will probably suggest dental bonding or a crown to repair your damaged tooth and restore your natural appearance.

Need urgent dental care?
Call Artistic Design Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ at 480-563-0525.
We see patients in dental emergencies the same day, in most cases.

A Lost Tooth

A dislodged (knocked out) tooth is another issue altogether. Any time a tooth is traumatically extracted from its socket, you should collect the tooth or tooth particles, place it/them in a container with milk or saliva, and head to our office with your collection. When possible, we’ll re-set the tooth in the socket, and it may heal naturally. Most often, this is not possible – but it’s certainly worth a try!
Also, put pressure on the gums, over where the tooth was lost, to stop any bleeding. Place a clean, wet cloth or teabag over the empty socket and bite down gently to add pressure. You can also apply a bag of ice to the outside of the face, on the cheek that covers the empty socket, to reduce swelling.
Should the missing tooth need replacement, Dr. Chugg will present you with options, explain the benefits and considerations of each, and restore your lost tooth with the dental prosthetic you choose.

A Lost/Broken Temporary Crown

A dental crown is a common restoration that requires the patient to wear a temporary, while the permanent crown is being fabricated in a dental lab. Temporary crowns are not as strong as final restorations, so they are prone to breaking, as well as coming out of place. If your temporary crown is damaged, dislodged, or broken, don’t worry—it’s not a dental emergency, unless you’re in severe pain. Call us for a next-available appointment so that Dr. Chugg can reset or recreate your temporary restoration. If the restoration is in one piece, you can opt to dry it off and dab a bit of toothpaste inside it, then reset it into place on your prepared tooth. In some cases, this quick and easy fix can hold until a lab-made crown is ready for placement.

Torn Gums or Skin, Broken Jaw, Lacerated Tongue

For dental emergencies that would require stitches (soft tissue lesions) or setting (broken jawbone), do not take time to call our office. Instead, go straight to your local emergency room for urgent care. If any of your teeth were damaged in the accident, call us to discuss the situation and come up with the best plan of action.

Need an emergency dentist?
Call Artistic Design Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ at 480-563-0525.
We see patients in dental emergencies the same day, in most cases.