Emergency Care

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Don’t panic, call us!

Call us right away at 563-538-1003.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic dental injury or are in extreme pain of the teeth or mouth, Dr. James Fili will try and get you in as soon as possible. If it’s a medical or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Is this an emergency?

If you are experiencing pain and would like to be seen as soon as possible, but are unsure if your problem qualifies as an emergency, here’s a list of some of the most common dental emergencies:

  • Tooth knocked out
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Toothache
  • Severe pain
  • Signs of infection (pus in the mouth)
  • Severe bite to lips or tongue
  • Hole in the cheek or gums

Tooth knocked out?

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, follow the steps below for the best chance at saving the tooth:

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is usually visible), NOT the root. The tooth should be handled carefully to minimize damage to the root.
  2. If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water. Do not use soap or chemicals, do not dry the tooth or wrap in tissue or cloth.
  3. Replace the tooth back into the socket immediately, if possible. The quicker this happens the greater chance we have of saving it. Make sure the tooth is facing the right direction. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or by biting down gently.
  4. If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, place it inside your mouth next to your cheek to keep it moist, or place in emergency tooth preservation liquid, or milk, NOT WATER.

Call us right away at 563-538-1003.

Give us a call!

Don’t wait until it’s too late. The sooner you act the better chance we have of saving your smile. As always, if you have any questions or need to schedule an emergency appointment with your Dubuque periodontist – Dr. James Fili at Dubuque Periodontics – give us a call today at (563) 538-1003.

Existing Patients call 563-557-7569
New Patients call 563-538-1003

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