What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

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Any dental emergency should not be ignored. An injury to the teeth or gums can be serious and if left untreated, can cause permanent damage. If you do not seek dental care immediately, you risk extensive dental treatment, which can also be quite costly.

Dental Emergency Symptoms

A dental emergency that requires immediate care may include any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling – Urgent Care Needed (Contact a dentist or go to the ER right away)
  • Severe Pain
  • Ongoing Tissue Bleeding
  • Severe Infection or Abscess

If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms and have broken a tooth, lost a filling or crown or dislodged a tooth, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental to make a dental appointment as quickly as possible.

Home Care

Here are a few tips you can do at home prior to your appointment to help alleviate your symptoms:


  • Mild, warm salt water solution several times a day
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil as needed 
  • Apply cold compress to the outside of your mouth as needed


  • Apply gauze to the area until the bleeding subsides
  • Bite on a moist tea bag 

Diagnosis & Treatment

We are available to treat and diagnose the following conditions:

  • Tooth Pain
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Broken Tooth
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Loose Fillings
  • Root Canal
  • Extraction

If you are nervous about your visit, we have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and sedation dentistry available.

When to Contact Us

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Palm Harbor office, we are available to help you should you require emergency dental care.

If you are seeking an emergency dentist in Palm Harbor during our regular office hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day.

If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.