Emergency Dentistry

Christine S. Liu DMD & Lilian Liu, DMD

Dentists located in Portland, OR & Beaverton, OR

Dental emergencies can happen despite taking precautions. In the case of a tooth or gum injury, a knocked-out tooth, or other mouth trauma, the experienced dental team can help. At the practice of Christine Liu, DMD, and Lilian Liu, DMD, with two locations, Jantzen Beach Dental in Portland, Oregon, and El Monica Dental in Beaverton, Oregon, the team accommodates you with same-day and after-hour appointments. The next time you or your child experiences a dental emergency, call the office of Christine S. Liu DMD, PC, or simply walk in.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency can happen to anybody, day or night. An emergency is a tooth or gum injury that requires immediate attention from your dentist to repair or save a tooth, prevent serious oral health complications, or eliminate the need for more expensive dental work. 

Examples of dental emergencies include a tooth that is:

  • Painful
  • Aching
  • Injured
  • Chipped
  • Cracked
  • Broken
  • Knocked out
  • Infected

Dental emergencies also include injuries to your lips, tongue, or gums that require stitches or other medical treatments right away.

What should I do during a dental emergency?

If you encounter a dental emergency, there are steps you can take care of your teeth and gums until you get to the office of Christine S. Liu DMD, PC. 

If you or your child has an object stuck in the mouth, try removing it with floss but don’t use sharp instruments. Rise your mouth out with warm water in the case of a toothache or cracked tooth, and apply a cold compress to an injured tongue or lip. 

For a knocked-out permanent tooth, keep the tooth moist by placing it back in its socket, between your gums and cheek, or in milk until you arrive at Christine S. Liu, DMD, PC.

What happens during an emergency dental appointment?

Schedule a same-day emergency dental appointment or simply walk in to Christine S. Liu DMD, PC. The treatment you receive depends on the type of tooth or gum injury you experienced and its severity. Your dentist will examine your mouth and takes X-rays. 

Depending on your injury you might require a crown, bridge, dental implant for a knocked-out tooth, root canal, soft tissue repair, or another dental procedure. Your dentist does everything possible to save a damaged or knocked-out tooth.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

While you can’t always avoid dental emergencies, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of a tooth injury:

  • Avoid using your teeth to open packages
  • Don’t chew on hard handy, ice, or popcorn kernels
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports

If a dental emergency happens to you or a loved one, you’re in good hands with the experienced dental team at Christine S. Liu DMD, PC. Schedule a same-day appointment over the phone or simply walk in.