Emergency Dentistry

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Dental Emergencies Happen

Our friendly staff will be with you from the problem - to the problem solved.

Two Rivers Family Dentistry’s friendly staff is dedicated to your oral health and comfort. That means when you have a dental emergency, we try to schedule you in on the same day you call. 

From identifying the problem to finding a solution – our knowledgeable dental staff work round the clock to make sure you’re comfortable and pain-free. Whether you’ve had a one-time incident, like a broken tooth, or are dealing with a longer-term ailment like sore gums, your comfort is our top priority. 

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency – oral pain or discomfort – come visit our Lisbon, Me office or give us a call. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency severe in nature and/or involves a medical emergency, call 911.

Dental Emergency? What’s that?

It can be hard to know if your pain qualifies for emergency dental services. Will it go away on its own? While it might, it could be the sign of a broader oral health ailment you shouldn’t ignore. We recommend coming in for a visit when you’re feeling oral pain or discomfort. We’ll assess your dental situation and make a plan to fix it.

Here are some dental emergency scenarios we tend to see:

Chipped, Cracked, Or Broken Teeth

If your tooth becomes chipped, bracked or breaks when eating a hard food, or because of an injury, make a dental appointment right away. We can help repair your teeth, in the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water, use a clean cloth or gauze to stop bleeding, and use a cold compress or ice to reduce swelling.

Lost/Loose Dental Fillings

Damage to fillings, dental crowns, bridges, and implants should always be treated as quickly as possible. If you loose a filling or have another dental issue, make a call right away and set up an appointment.


Toothaches are a common sign that something is wrong in our teeth and/or gums. If you experience severe pain in your teeth don't wait for your next dental appointment, schedule a meeting with an emergency dentist to make sure that the problem is addressed.

Swollen Jaw

A swollen jaw or pain that radiates through your jaw could be a sign of a variety of different dental issues. Jaw pain can be caused by toothaches, abscessed teeth, and tooth decay.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Knocking out a tooth is a common sport's injury. If a tooth is knocked out you should locate the tooth, rinse it off gently, and either try to hold the tooth in your mouth (if possible) or place it in milk/saline solution. Bring the tooth with you to the emergency dentist as they may be able to reimplant it in some cases.

May Need A Root Canal

If you experiencing persisnt pain in your mouth this may be a sign that you need a root canal. The pain may be present all the time or it may go away and return consistently. If you are feeling severe pain, always call a dentist.

Bleeding/Sore Gums

It is not uncommon for gums to bleed slightly when brushing and flossing. In some cases it may be a sign that you are brushing too hard. However, if your gums are sore & bleed consistently this could be a sign of dental decay. Consider setting up a meeting with your dentist.

Other Types of Dental Repair

There are other dental issues the require immediate attention. If you have oral issue that is causing pain, making it difficult to eat/drink, or are concerned about an issue with your teeth/gums, please give us a call.

Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions:

A dental emergency is any issue that requires immediate help from a dentist. The most common dental emergencies are damage to teeth including chipped teeth, broken teeth, and knocked out teeth. But any type of dental pain or injury that makes it hard to chew & eat is also a dental emergency. You should not wait to see a dentist if you are experiencing persistent dental pain.

One question many people have is whether they should call 911 or an emergency dentist. The main distinction is whether or not the injury is life-threatening. Injuries like a broken jaw, cuts inside / around the mouth, and severe trauma are reasons to call 911 and go to the emergency room.

If an adult tooth gets knocked out you need to call a dentist immediately. In some cases it is possible to re-implant the tooth if you get to a dentist quickly. You should pick up the tooth (by the crown not the root). Next you need to rinse of the tooth gently to remove any dirt. If possible you can place the tooth back in your mouth on the way to the dentist, otherwise use saline solution or milk.

If you are experiencing dental pain there are a few steps you should take. First you should rinse your mouth out with water to clear debris from inside your mouth. After that, an ice pack or a cold compress can be used to decrease oral swelling and pain. Pain medications like Ibuprofen can be taken as well to help decrease pain prior to seeing an emergency dentist.

Dental cement is often recommended to patients who lose a filling or chip/crack/break a tooth. In the event that you can not see a dentist right away you may need to use dental cement to cover the affect tooth. Dental cement can be found at most pharmacies and provides a temporary cover over the affected tooth. This can prevent debris from getting inside the cavity left behind when a filling falls out.

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Emergency

Whether you know for certain what’s causing you pain or you’re still unsure, don’t wait for it to get any worse. Call us now to have a friendly conversation about the best way to manage your emergency dental situation.

Lost a Tooth?

  1. Has your tooth completely fallen out? Ouch! Handling it is important – try not to touch the roots.
  2. Give a rinse but only to remove any dirt, try to put back in the socket. If not place in milk and get to your Dentist right away.
  3. Call Two Rivers Family Dentistry, your friendly Lisbon emergency dentist. We’re here for you.
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