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Emergency Dentist

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and it’s crucial to know that expert care is available when you need it most. Our emergency dental services are designed to provide prompt, professional, and compassionate care for a variety of urgent dental issues.

Dental emergencies encompass a range of situations that require immediate attention. Some common reasons you might need an emergency dentist include:

  • Severe toothaches or jaw pain
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Lost fillings or crowns
  • Dental abscesses or infections
  • Soft tissue injuries in the mouth

Recognising these situations early can help you seek the right care promptly.

Our emergency dental services cover a broad spectrum of treatments to address urgent issues effectively:

  • Pain relief and management
  • Temporary or permanent fillings
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canal therapy
  • Treatment for infections and abscesses
  • Repair of broken or chipped teeth

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make a significant difference:

  • Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water, use dental floss to remove trapped food, and take pain relievers.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Keep the tooth moist by placing it in milk or a tooth preservation product, and see a dentist immediately.
  • Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth, save any pieces, and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.

Pain Management Techniques

Managing pain before you can visit us involves several strategies:

  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: Ibuprofen or Paracetamol can help reduce pain.
  • Ice Pack or Cold Cloth: Apply outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. If you don’t have an ice pack available soak a cloth in cold water, wring it out, and place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  • Salt Water Rinse: Rinse with warm salt water to clean the area and reduce pain.

Insurance and Costs

Most emergency dental clinics, including ours, accept insurance, but it’s important to confirm:

  • Insurance Coverage: Check if your insurance plan covers emergency dental visits.
  • Payment Plans: We offer flexible payment plans for those without insurance.

What to Expect During an Emergency Dental Visit

When you visit us for an emergency dental issue, you can expect the following:

  • Assessment: Our dentist will examine your mouth and assess the issue.
  • Pain Relief: Immediate steps will be taken to alleviate pain.
  • Treatment Plan: A treatment plan will be created to address the problem.
  • Follow-Up: Instructions for aftercare and follow-up visits will be provided.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Preventing dental emergencies involves maintaining good oral health:

  • Regular Check-Ups: Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss daily to prevent decay and gum disease.
  • Protective Gear: Use mouthguards during sports to prevent injuries.

Dealing with Toothaches

Toothaches can be debilitating. Here are some common causes and how to deal with them:

  • Causes: Tooth decay, infection, or gum disease.
  • Temporary Relief: Over-the-counter painkillers, salt water rinses, and apply an Ice Pack or Cold Cloth.

Managing Broken or Chipped Teeth

If you break or chip a tooth:

  • Rinse: Clean the area with warm water.
  • Save Pieces: If possible, save any pieces of the tooth.
  • Ice Pack or Cold Cloth: Apply to reduce swelling.

Handling Knocked-Out Teeth

For a knocked-out tooth, quick action is critical:

  • Keep Moist: Place the tooth in milk or a preservation product.
  • See a Dentist: Visit an emergency dentist immediately for the best chance of saving the tooth.

Treating Lost Fillings or Crowns

If you lose a filling or crown:

  • Temporary Solutions: Use dental cement or temporary filling material.
  • See a Dentist: Schedule an emergency visit to have it properly replaced.

Emergency Root Canals

Root canals may be necessary in emergencies to save an infected tooth. Signs you might need one include severe pain, swelling, and sensitivity to temperature.

Gum and Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries to the gums or soft tissues in the mouth require immediate attention:

  • Clean: Rinse the mouth with salt water.
  • Pressure: Apply pressure to stop bleeding.
  • Cold Compress: Use to reduce swelling.

Dental Abscesses

Dental abscesses are serious infections that require prompt treatment:

  • Symptoms: Severe pain, swelling, fever, and a bad taste in the mouth.
  • Treatment: Drainage of the abscess and antibiotics.

Aftercare Following Emergency Treatment

After receiving emergency dental care:

  • Follow Instructions: Adhere to the dentist’s aftercare instructions.
  • Monitor Healing: Watch for signs of infection or complications.

Importance of Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular check-ups can prevent many dental emergencies by identifying and treating potential issues early. This proactive approach to dental health is essential for avoiding severe problems and ensuring your teeth and gums remain healthy.

FAQs about Emergency Dental Care

What constitutes a dental emergency? A dental emergency includes severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken or chipped teeth, lost fillings or crowns, dental abscesses, and soft tissue injuries.

Can I visit O’Neill Dental Care without an appointment for an emergency? Yes, we accommodate walk-in patients experiencing dental emergencies. Call ahead if possible.

How quickly should I see a dentist for a knocked-out tooth? Immediately. The sooner you see a dentist, the better the chances of saving the tooth. Ideally, visit within 30 minutes.

Are emergency dental services covered by insurance? Coverage varies by insurance plan. Check with your provider. We also offer flexible payment plans for those without insurance.

What temporary solutions can I use for a lost filling? You can use dental cement or temporary filling material available at most pharmacies until you see a dentist.

First Aid Kit Essentials

Being prepared for a dental emergency can make a significant difference in the outcome. Your first aid kit should contain:

  • Gauze for bleeding control
  • A small container with a lid to transport a knocked-out tooth
  • Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen
  • Orthodontic wax for broken braces or wires
  • Clove oil for temporary pain relief


Dental emergencies can be stressful, but knowing that professional and compassionate care is available at O’Neill Dental Care in Swords can provide peace of mind. Our team is dedicated to addressing your dental emergencies promptly and effectively, ensuring you get the care you need when you need it most.

Remember, regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are key to preventing many emergencies. However, if you do find yourself in need of urgent dental care, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your smile and comfort are our top priorities.



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