Dental Emergency

Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can occur anytime anywhere. Luckily, at Dr. Pray, DDS, we offer same day emergency dental care. If you have a dental problem that is causing you a significant amount of pain, don’t wait. It can be a sign of a larger dental problem. Contact our office as soon as you can so we can tend to your emergency.

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Partially Dislodged Teeth
  • Lost Filling
  • Lost Crowns
  • Broken Orthodontic Equipment
  • Soft mouth tissue injuries or infections
  • Any dental problem causing significant pain

What Should I Do Until My Dentist Appointment?

Severe Toothache

If you are suffering from a severe toothache, there are several things you can do until you get in to see us. First, rinse your mouth out with warm water and carefully floss between your teeth to get any trapped food particles out. If your gums are swollen, apply a cold compress over the skin of your swollen gums to reduce any inflammation or pain you are feeling.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Whatever the reason your tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, it’s important that you find your tooth and follow our directions. When you find your tooth, handle it by the crown (the top) to preserve the root. Rinse it gently with water, and if possible, place the tooth back into the socket if it will fit. If not, place the tooth in a cup of milk which will help preserve it.

Broken Tooth

If your tooth cracks or chips, collect any pieces of your teeth that you can find and contact us immediately. Place gauze over your tooth to stop the bleeding and apply a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to prevent any swelling.

Dislodged Tooth

If your tooth has become dislodged, it’s more than likely that chewing and speaking can be nearly impossible and painful. Apply a cold compress over your mouth where the tooth is and apply light pressure. Don’t try to remove your tooth, this can make matters worse.

Missing Filling or Restoration

If a filling or dental restoration such as a crown falls out, you should visit Dr. Pray immediately. You can cover your filling with sugar free chewing gum until you get in to see us to help keep food particles out. If your crown has fallen off, try and place it back on. If the crown won’t stay put, keep it in a safe place until you get in to see us.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing a dental emergency and live in the Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs area, don’t hesitate to get into contact with us so we can treat you immediately. You can call us at 518-885-8321 or fill out our online contact form to be contacted.

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What Our Patients Say About Our Dental Practice

  • I’ve been a patient for over 10 years. When I first came to Dr. Pray’s office I was in need of major dental work. Since coming here, I have had nothing but GREAT experiences. The staff is exceptional and as professional as can be. My wife is also a patient here and shares the same view as myself. I can’t think of a better staff and Dentist.

    Dave Merchantplate
  • From the time of my very first appointment I was deeply impressed with his state-of-the-art equipment and with the professionalism and skill of not only Dr. Pray, but of his entire staff. Within a matter of a few months and a number of appointments, Dr. Pray and his staff literally “remodeled” my mouth and completely restored my smile. If you are suffering from any dental problem I strongly urge you to retain the professional service and skill of Dr. Pray and his staff and regain your smile again.


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