Family Dental Services

Emergency Dentistry in Greenville, TX

A dental emergency can be just as concerning as a medical emergency. We help treat patients here at Graham Family Dental in Greenville, TX who are in serious pain and distress due to emergency dental issues.

Dental emergencies can be stressful, knowing what to do can help ease your nerves and protect your dental health. At Graham Family Dental, we’ve put together some of the most common emergencies we see and how to deal with each one.

Patient in severe pain calling our Emergency Dentistry in Greenville, TX.
Cracked Tooth

When you crack a tooth, stay calm and rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply cold compresses to your face and give us a call to see if we can see you immediately and for further instructions.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you knock out a tooth, it's important to handle it by the crown (the part that's usually exposed in the mouth), rinse it gently without scrubbing, and try to reinsert it into the socket if possible. If reinsertion isn't possible, keep the tooth moist by placing it in milk or saliva and seek immediate dental attention. The sooner you act, the better the chances of saving the tooth.

Broken Jaw

A broken jaw is probably more serious than knocking-out a tooth. Apply cold compresses to your face and visit your nearest emergency department or ER as soon as possible!

Object Stuck in Your Mouth

If something is stuck in your mouth, avoid using sharp instruments to remove the object because they’ll probably make things worse. The best thing to use is floss. Give us a call if you fail to remove it with floss.


Toothaches can sometimes happen when you have food stuck between your teeth. Floss and rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any stuck food particles. Don’t apply aspirin to your gums or teeth because it can irritate them further. Visit us if the pain is persistent or intolerable.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

While biting your tongue or lip can be very painful, this pain doesn’t last very long. Rinse your mouth with water and apply cold compresses to the bitten area. If the pain is intolerable or the bleeding can’t be controlled, visit a dentist or emergency room.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible!

Emergency Dentistry FAQ

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

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A dental emergency typically includes severe pain, bleeding, infection, or trauma such as a knocked-out tooth, loose or broken teeth, or injuries to the mouth, gums, or lips. If you're experiencing severe discomfort or any of these symptoms, it's important to contact our dental office or an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Can a severe toothache wait until my regular dentist's office hours?

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A severe toothache should not be ignored, as it could indicate an infection or abscess that might need immediate treatment. If you're experiencing severe pain, swelling, or fever, it's important to seek emergency dental care, even if it's outside regular office hours.

What are my options if I break or crack a tooth?

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If you break or crack a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling, and contact our dentist as soon as possible. The treatment will depend on the severity of the break or crack but might include a filling, crown, or root canal therapy.

How can I prepare for a dental emergency?

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To prepare for a dental emergency, keep a small dental first aid kit handy, including our dentist's contact information, gauze, a small container with a lid, and over-the-counter pain relievers. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with common dental emergencies and responses and ensure you have access to emergency dental care if needed.

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