Gulf Coast Dental Care of Biloxi’s emergency dental services in Biloxi, Mississippi, are designed to meet your needs in a considerate, timely manner. If you are ever in need of emergency or urgent dentistry, contact our office at 228-273-8989. Our dentist, Dr. Grafton Teets will make your emergency care a priority.
What Defines a Dental Emergency?
Here are some common examples:
- Signs of infection or abscess (swelling, facial pain, fever, temperature sensitivity)
An abscess/ infection could be life-threatening and should be dealt with immediately.
- Severe, lasting toothaches or other types of tooth pain
- A knocked-out tooth
- A painful, chipped or broken tooth
- Damage to the soft tissues of the mouth (tongue, cheeks, lips, and gums) like puncture wounds, lacerations or tears
- Bleeding that will not stop
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A partially knocked-out (extruded) tooth
- A lost dental restoration, such as a lost filling or crown
- Any condition that is causing you to worry
What Can I Expect When I Call?
When you call our office during business hours, you will speak with Cheryl or Cindy who will gather details about your condition and consult with Dr. Teets before scheduling an appointment. If our dentist determines you have an emergency, we will see you as soon as possible that day. If our dentist determines that your situation is urgent but not a true emergency, we will offer you the next available appointment. In either case, we will recommend some steps to help until he can see you in the office.
What Are the Goals for My Emergency Visit?
When you come in with an emergency, Dr. Grafton Teets will want to accomplish several things: stabilize your condition, manage your pain, diagnose the problem and recommend treatment. These things will occur during your examination. Our dentist will require an x-Ray of the tooth concerned to assess its condition. He may or may not be able to provide treatment at the emergency visit.
What if I Have an Emergency After Office Hours?
Life happens and your dental emergency may occur after hours. Please call the office and do the following: one, listen to the directions on the answering machine, and two, leave us a message so that we may contact you first thing in the morning to check on you. If you decide to go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center, they will ask you to contact us for follow up. It is helpful for you to bring any paperwork that you were given at the ER to your follow up appointment with Dr. Grafton Teets.
If you have experienced trauma to the head or neck, we recommend that you visit the emergency room or your general physician before coming to us, even if your smile is also damaged.
If you are unsure if you have a real emergency, or if you have a nagging worry, call our office. We will take your information, consult with our dentist and give you next steps. It is the goal of everyone at Gulf Coast Dental Care of Biloxi that you feel free to consult us at any time and be reassured about your dental health.