Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, any place. Not even vacations are sacred. At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, Dr. Schafer and his reliable dental team are here to provide guidance and tips during your stressful dental health emergency. In many cases, time is of the essence. Seeing your emergency dentist within 30 minutes of an injury or trauma could mean the difference between losing or saving a tooth.

Your New Orleans emergency dentist should be the first person to call if you are undergoing a dental emergency. Some people may feel unclear about what constitutes a dental emergency, or if they should wait until the next available appointment.

If you are experiencing any oral pain, do not hesitate to give us a call immediately at (504) 392-5104.

Dental Emergencies in Gretna, LA

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Inflammation or swelling
  • Tooth pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Broken or fractured tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken or lost dental crown
  • Broken or lost filling
  • Chipped tooth
  • Injury to the mouth

Not all dental emergencies have pain or symptoms, which is why we encourage that patients call us when they notice anything unusual, such as swelling, bad taste, or more. Many dental emergencies can even start small, like the tiniest crack or the early stages of an infection.

Many of us might be surprised at how quickly even mild oral health issues can blow up to take up all your time, energy, and even money. 

Prevention Is the Best Action

Small cavities might seem harmless, but they can be quite a calamity if they’re left untreated. The good news is that we can catch many dental emergencies during your preventive visits. Dr. Russell Schafer routinely checks for the beginnings of problems during your cleanings and exams so we can prevent a future dental emergency from even occurring. 

If it’s been a long time since your last dental cleaning, we recommend calling NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry today so we can identify and treat small oral issues. We also invite you to visit us if something just doesn’t feel right. 

Preventing and intervening can turn a potentially painful and stressful emergency into a comfortable treatment or restoration.  

Can I Save My Broken Tooth?

Saving your broken or damaged tooth can depend on how quickly we can treat it after the injury. The longer we wait, the more difficult it can be to repair, and in some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted. 

If you have a damaged tooth because of an injury or trauma, following the next steps until you can see Dr. Schafer can help save the tooth. 

  • Rinse out your mouth 
  • Apply a cold pack for no longer than 20 minutes to help with inflammation
  • Reduce bleeding using gauze 
  • An over-the-counter pain reliever can reduce discomfort

Call to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

Our primary goal is to protect your gorgeous smile. Regular dental checkups can stop dental emergencies at the door.