Care When You Need It Most

At O'Shea Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time. Whether you're experiencing severe tooth pain, a broken tooth, or a knocked-out tooth, our experienced team is here with compassion and expertise to get you out of pain and back to smiling.

Often accommodating same-day emergencies, you can rest assured that you'll receive the attention and treatment you need. If you are experiencing an emergency, give us a call today.

What is a Dental Emergency?

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Unexpected Tooth Loss

Accidents, trauma, or sudden impacts to the mouth can result in unexpected tooth loss. Whether it's a knocked-out tooth or a broken restoration, prompt intervention is necessary to preserve your tooth's viability and prevent further complications.

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Infected Tooth

An infected tooth can lead to excruciating pain, swelling, and discomfort. Ignoring these symptoms can result in serious consequences, including the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and even systemic health issues. Don't delay seeking immediate care for an infected tooth.

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Severe Tooth Pain

Severe, persistent tooth pain can indicate underlying issues such as tooth decay, infection, or injury. If you experience intense or throbbing pain in your tooth, it's essential to seek immediate dental care to address the root cause and alleviate discomfort.

The Treatment Process


Keep Calm & Call Us

When you experience a dental emergency, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment. Our team will work quickly to accommodate your needs and provide you with the earliest available appointment slot.



During your emergency appointment, your dentist will assess your condition and perform any necessary diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, to determine the extent of the problem.



Once the cause of your dental emergency has been identified, we will recommend and provide appropriate treatment to address the issue and alleviate your pain and discomfort.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, rinse it gently with water, being careful not to remove any attached tissue. Try to place the tooth back in its socket if possible, or keep it moist by placing it in a container of milk or saliva until you can see a dentist.

How soon should I seek treatment for a dental emergency?

It's important to seek treatment for a dental emergency as soon as possible to prevent further damage and alleviate pain and discomfort. Contact our office immediately if you're experiencing a dental emergency.

Will my dental insurance cover emergency dentistry services?

Many dental insurance plans cover emergency dentistry services, but coverage may vary depending on your specific plan and provider. Our team will work with you to determine your coverage and help you maximize your benefits. We also offer an in-house plan that covers emergencies.

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