Dental Emergencies

Emergency appointments are available! Call 651.423.2259.

New and established patients are welcome.

* If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it. Common dental emergencies include tooth pain, swelling, a broken tooth, a lost restoration, or a broken denture.

We’re here when you need us most.

The Cameo Dental team reserves special time in our clinic schedule to see patients on an emergency basis. Simply call our main number, 651.423.2259, for assistance in scheduling an emergency visit. We welcome established and new patients for emergency appointments.

We recommend that you do not use our online appointment request form for dental emergencies. We want to help you as soon as possible, and a phone call is the best and most efficient way to get a hold of our team.

Our dentists are also available on call, should you have a dental emergency occur outside of regular business hours. Simply call our main number and listen to our voicemail for further instructions. Always leave a detailed message when you call our dentists directly, and they will return your call as soon as possible.

Our dentists can make special arrangements to see you after hours or on the weekend if needed. Please understand that after-hours office visits are reserved for true dental emergencies and may involve additional emergency fees. Your dentist may instead provide assistance and home-care instructions over the phone and advise that you make an appointment the next business day.

Tips for Common Dental Emergencies

  • If a permanent or adult tooth is knocked out completely, taking the appropriate next steps can mean the difference between saving and losing the tooth. Keep the tooth moist at all times, and try to avoid touching the root of the tooth with your fingers. If you are able, try to place the tooth back into the socket. If this is not possible, you can keep it moist by placing it between your cheek and gums, in milk, or in a tooth preservation product like ADA Approved Save-a-Tooth. Then get to a dentist right away!
  • For a toothache or a cracked tooth, gently rinse the area with warm water. You can apply a cold compress to the area to keep swelling down. Use dental floss to gently remove any food or debris caught between the teeth. Do not try to remove anything with sharp or pointed instruments. Do not put aspirin on aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

We can’t avoid dental emergencies completely, but there are a few simple things we can do to lower our risk.

  • Regular routine dental appointments are important for identifying problems with your teeth and gums in their earlier stages. Dental emergencies can often be avoided if dental problems are found and addressed when they are more manageable.
  • Accidents and injuries do happen, but you can help keep your teeth safe by wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities. Avoid chewing hard items that can crack your teeth like ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels.
  • Your teeth are not tools! Do no use your teeth to cut things, open packages, or hold nails. Replacing a pair of scissors or a knife is much easier and less expensive than replacing a worn or broken tooth. You can also run the risk of tearing your gum tissue, which can lead to severe and painful infections. Be kind to your smile!
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