Emergency Dentistry

When it comes to emergencies, it’s always best to be prepared. Dental emergencies are no exception, and while you can’t plan for every possible tooth injury that may occur, you can know what you’ll do and how you’ll respond if the time ever comes. 

The best two ways to prepare for future dental injuries are to practice excellent preventive dentistry habits to protect your teeth and to have a trusted and experienced emergency dentist ready to call.

At the dental office of Dr. Bruce Matthews, we’re always standing by to treat your dental emergencies should they ever occur. Our treatment team offers gentle, compassionate care for your painful and injured teeth, and we will make time to see you immediately if you sustain a dental emergency. 

We hope you never need an emergency dentist in Wilmington, DE, but know that if you ever do, we are just a phone call away. Reach out to us at (302) 475-9220, and we will schedule a dental visit typically for that same day. 

We Treat All Dental Emergencies

If you injure a tooth, you may wonder if your injury is severe enough to warrant a trip to your dentist after-hours or on the weekend. When it comes to dental emergencies, however, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Many emergencies require immediate treatment for the best result, so the right thing to do is still to call your Wilmington dentist so we can talk through your situation with you. 

If we need to see you for immediate treatment, we’ll ask you to come in ASAP. If your injury is minor, or if the wound site is stable, we may schedule a dental appointment for the following morning. No matter how harmless or small your injury looks from the outside, you should always get in touch with us—many tooth injuries can extend internally and be hard to spot.

We commonly treat dental emergencies such as:

  • Dental infections or abscesses
  • Broken teeth
  • Painful toothaches
  • Swollen, bleeding, or painful gums
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Knocked-out (“avulsed”) teeth
  • Chips, cracks, fractures, or splinters in teeth

Even if you’re unsure whether you need emergency dentistry, call us anyway! We would rather be overly cautious than postpone dental treatment because you thought everything was fine.

Fixing a Damaged Tooth

We always use the least invasive and most natural-looking method for repairing a damaged tooth. 

In the case of a knocked-out tooth, we may be able to restore the natural tooth if you act quickly and bring the tooth to our dental office in good condition. In situations where the tooth is no longer viable, we will discuss your tooth replacement options with you, including a dental implant. 

The most common treatments our Wilmington emergency dentists will rely on to fix a broken tooth include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Tooth crowns
  • Emergency root canals 
  • Cosmetic bonding

Remember, if your tooth breaks into pieces and you’re able to recover them, you should rinse the pieces off with water and delicately transport them to your dental appointment in a bag or cup. We will do everything we can to restore your tooth using its natural materials and restorations for stability. 

Prepare for a Future Dental Emergency in Wilmington, DE

Just as we encourage you always prepare for a potential dental injury, our clinical team here at the dental office of Dr. Bruce Matthews is ready to treat you if you ever need help. 

If you or a loved one break a tooth or experience another type of dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us at (302) 475-9220 to speak with a caring member of our dental team. We’ll get you scheduled for emergency treatment and back to good oral health.