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A dental emergency can happen to children, teens, adults, or elderly patients. Simply put, patients experiencing pain, swelling, or uncontrollable bleeding of soft tissue around your mouth, should contact the dentist. Most importantly, urgent dental care such as trauma may require patients to get to the dentist’s office within 30-60 minutes.

Dentists can alleviate the burden on hospital emergency rooms, by treating non-life threatening emergency dental care. When you experience an injury to your mouth, including your teeth and jaw that are not life-threatening, you should visit our Metairie office. If you experience dental trauma and your injuries are not life-threatening, your first call should be to the dentist.

According to the American Dental Association “Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.”


What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency focuses on the management of dental conditions that require immediate treatment. Generally, urgent dental care is needed to relieve a patient from ongoing pain or risk to infection. Undoubtedly, your dentist can alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments.

Patients need a dentist that they can call when they feel discomfort. Our dentists suggest that you call anytime you feel discomfort. Every situation is unique. Many patients have experienced dental emergencies throughout the New Orleans area, and sometimes on vacation. Patients feel at ease once they speak to the trusting voice of Dr. Jeffrey Gregson.

A laceration to the gums may cause bleeding of the soft tissues. 

Contact your dentist to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection, and include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Soft tissue bacterial infection with swelling that potentially compromise the patient’s airway
  • Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway

Types of Emergency Dental Procedures

Emergency dental procedures are unplanned treatments to provide relief for patients who are in pain. Urgent dental care may be invasive or minimally invasive, depending on what is needed to alleviate the pain. Examples of urgent dental care treatments, include:

  • Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation.
  • Wisdom tooth pain.
  • Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes.
  • Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
  • Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma.
  • Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation.
  • Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation.




Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess may require urgent dental care from an experienced dentist. The bacterial infection from a tooth abscess can cause swelling of the face as your body attempts to contain the infection. Often, patients experience a constant toothache, fever, swelling of the face, gums, or jaw, foul smelling breath, and pain when chewing. If the abscess begins to drain pus, patients may experience a foul taste in the mouth.

A tooth abscess will not heal without treatment from a qualified dentist. Even worse, the infection can spread to the jaw bone, head and neck. In turn, a patient could experience difficulty breathing. We encourage you to call our Metairie dental office sooner, rather than later for treatment.

Fractured Tooth

A fractured tooth has a wide range of severity. A minor tooth fracture includes the chipping of enamel. Deeper fractures are more serious, and can cause a multitude of issues. It is important to note that a tooth fracture can occur beneath the gumline, not visible to the naked eye.

Experienced dentists with advanced CEREC® digital technology can see if a tooth is broken beneath the gums. A broken tooth above the gum line can cause the root of a tooth to die. The sooner a patient gets to the dentist, the higher the chance of saving their natural teeth.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is more common than most people realize. Sometimes, patients have brittle teeth that will crack for a miriad of reasons. Trauma can cause cracks in teeth, sometimes called craze lines. Often, large dental fillings that weaken the tooth over time.

The small cracks that occur in patients teeth everyday can be treated before causing major damage. Often, small cracks are found by our dental team during a dental exam. Advanced digital dental technology, such as digital x-rays and our cone beam scanner, provide an in depth view of the teeth and gums.

Non-Essential Dental Procedures

The most common non-urgent procedures are dental cleanings and exams. By no means, are we saying that your visit to the dentist two times per year is not important. In short, a non-emergency dental procedure is not relieving pain in your mouth, nor is it life threatening. Non-urgent dental procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
  • Regular orthodontist visits for braces
  • Tooth extractions that aren’t painful
  • Treatment of cavities that are not painful
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Treatment of a tooth with mild decay


If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1

Emergency Appointment Request

For dental emergencies please contact our office. If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1.