Dental Emergencies Specialist

Murray Family Dental

General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Teeth Whitening located in Indianapolis, IN

In a perfect world, you’d keep all of your natural permanent teeth. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries happen. If you crack, chip, or knock out a tooth, it’s important to seek professional medical help as soon as possible. At Murray Family Dental in Indianapolis, Emily Murray, DDS, regularly assists men, women, and children experiencing dental emergencies. To make your appointment, call today or simply walk in during normal business hours.

Dental Emergencies Q & A

In the event of a dental emergency, what should I do?

If you experience a dental emergency such as a broken jaw, busted lip, or knocked out tooth, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Waiting to seek treatment could mean the difference between saving or losing a permanent tooth. 

If your injury is life-threatening or it occurs outside of normal business hours, call 911 or visit your local emergency room. 

If you suffer an accident during the day, call the Murray Family Dental office right away and let the team know you’re coming in. Dr. Murray always sets aside time for same-day appointments and may be able to offer advice to help relieve your symptoms on the way over.

What types of dental emergencies do you treat?

Dr. Murray treats a wide variety of dental emergencies including: 

  • Gum abscesses
  • Pupal abscesses
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth trauma

You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you still have your wisdom teeth and one or more of them becomes irritated or swollen.  

If I knock a tooth out, what steps should I take?

If you knock out a tooth while working or playing sports, carefully pick it up by the crown. Rinse your tooth off with cool tap water, and if you can, try and put it back into its socket. You should not scrub your tooth clean – especially the root.

If the tooth won’t stay in place, fill a glass with milk and soak your tooth in it. If you don’t have milk, tuck the tooth inside your cheek, but be careful not to swallow it. 

After knocking out a tooth, try and seek treatment from Murray Family Dental within the hour. The faster you act, the greater the chance that Dr. Murray can save your tooth and prevent further damage. 

What does treatment for dental emergencies depend on?

Treatment for your dental emergency depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. 

If you’ve cracked or damaged a tooth, Dr. Murray might recommend a composite filling or onlay. If you break a tooth and expose a nerve, Dr. Murrray might recommend root canal treatment to limit pain. After the root canal, she places a crown on the tooth in question to prevent further decay or damage. 

Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Murray can develop a plan that restores your smile to its healthy, near original condition. 

If you or a loved one suffers a dental emergency, call Murray Family Dental right away or simply walk-in.