Preparing For Dental Emergencies In Medford, OR

by Dr. Vareldzis

Your dental care can’t always be neatly mapped out at our Medford, OR dentist’s office. Between accidents, injuries, neglect, and dumb luck, you could find yourself faced with a dental emergency any time, anywhere.

That’s why, at Hillcrest Family Dentistry, we keep time open in our daily schedule to be able to see folks on the same day they call with an emergency. All you have to do is call our office at 541-930-8036. If it is after hours, our recorded message will give you another phone number to call in case of emergencies.

The good news is that, though they can be painful and traumatic, dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening. That said, they can be life-changing if not handled quickly and correctly. And that’s why Dr. V is here. Our Medford area dentist’s office is equipped to provide prompt emergency services that your entire family can count on when you need it most.

Today we wanted to go over some basics so that you will know what to do if the unexpected happens to you. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with Dr. V to schedule your next appointment!

“Typical” Dental Emergency Situations

Here are some suggestions related to “typical” dental emergencies…

A Chipped Tooth

Be mindful of your environment, because your mouth is never really safe! There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. This is an emergency because you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Call us quickly for some professional help!


If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away. Start by cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop pretty soon. If not, get in touch with Dr. V!

Dislodged Tooth

We see this slot. It can happen at school, work, home, in traffic, basically anywhere. Regardless of where it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will no doubt be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence. Even so, your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth. If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, you really need to get to our Medford, OR dentist’s office as quickly as you can. The goal is to save your natural tooth. If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs. Don’t delay, come in right away for this one!

For Dental Emergencies, Call Dr. V!

In case of a life-threatening emergency, like a blow to the head, or severe bleeding, call 911 or make your way to your nearest hospital emergency room. Otherwise, contact Hillcrest Family Dentistry! We will get you fixed up fast!