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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Joshua R. Opperman, DMD -  - Dentist

Joshua R. Opperman, DMD

Dentist located in Portland, OR

Severe mouth pain, knocked-out teeth, or an abscessed tooth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. The dental experts at Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry are located in Portland, Oregon, to serve the emergency dental needs of your whole family. If you have a dental emergency, call the office closest to you, or use the convenient online booking system.

Emergency Dentist

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Making it to Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

When should I call an emergency dentist?

Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Common dental emergencies often include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your gums, cheeks, or tongue
  • Trauma to your face or mouth
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced dentist at Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. To try and save the tooth, start by cleaning the injured tooth and the inside of your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.

As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry. Call us right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.

If you are unable to place the tooth back into its socket, put your tooth in a small cup of milk to help preserve it until you get to the dental office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Joshua R. Opperman, DMD Family Dentistry for expert assistance.

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