Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dentistry

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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.

Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Emergency Dentistry

emergency dentist wilmington deDental emergencies should be handled immediately, and we make it a priority at our practice to uphold same-day appointments for such incidents. If you call our office during business hours, we ensure that you will be seen the same day. We even respond to your emergencies after our doors close for the day-- emergency calls to our office during non-business hours are answered immediately by one of our four doctors.

If you have any questions about dental emergencies, call the Wilmington, DE dental office of Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS at (302) 475-9220

A dental emergency is an urgent problem with your oral health that requires prompt treatment. One example of a dental emergency in Wilmington, DE is a painful tooth infection or abscess that might require root canal treatment.

Some tooth emergencies are more urgent than others, which is why we recommend that you contact Dr. Matthews as soon as you notice a problem. Our experienced dental team will listen to your concerns, ask about your symptoms, and determine if we need to see you right away.

Common Dental Emergencies

We always leave extra time in our daily schedule to accommodate dental emergencies, and if you are in pain, we will see you the same day. Common dental emergencies we treat at our Wilmington dental office are:

  • Tooth pain
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Dental trauma

If your emergency requires further treatment, our schedule may not allow us to treat it on the same day. In this case, we will ensure your situation is stable, and you are comfortable until our next available appointment.

Have a Dental Emergency in Wilmington, DE?

If you have a toothache or other dental emergency, please call Dr. Bruce Matthews and his dental team so we can provide prompt treatment and relief.

Dental emergencies can be scary and painful, but knowing how to handle them until you see your dentist gives you peace of mind for yourself and your family.

If you are experiencing any unexpected dental problem, call us first so we can provide specific instructions for your situation. Otherwise, here are some helpful tips for what to do in a dental emergency in Wilmington, DE.


Tooth pain can range from mildly annoying to excruciatingly painful. Any toothache is a problem, but severe pain is a sign that something serious is happening, such as an abscess or infection.

Pain-relieving steps you can take are:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen or Advil.
  • Place a cold compress on and off alternating for 20 minutes each.
  • Rinse with a warm saltwater mixture to reduce inflammation.

Broken or Cracked Tooth

A broken or cracked tooth may or may not be painful, but our dentists still need to see you to check for underlying damage to the tooth’s structure. We also need to smooth any rough or jagged edges, so they don’t cut the inside of your mouth.

Lost Dental Crown or Filling

If a dental crown comes off, try to place it back on the tooth for protection but don’t force it. Wrap the crown in tissue and bring it with you to your emergency dental appointment.

A lost tooth filling will need to be replaced but collect any fragments to avoid swallowing them.

Call Your Emergency Dentist in Wilmington, DE

If you have a toothache, broken tooth, lost crown, or any other dental emergency, Dr. Matthews and his team are standing by to help you. Please call us so we can provide the prompt treatment and relief you need.

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