Dental Emergencies: What to Do and Where to Go

Did you know that if you have a dental emergency, the best place to go is your local dental office? While many people may assume that a visit to the emergency room is required, this is not the case. In fact, many emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental emergencies and end up referring patients to a local dentist anyway. Therefore, you might as well skip a step and head straight to your dentist’s office. 

Does the ER Handle Dental Emergencies?

Ultimately, your dentist knows more about your oral anatomy than an emergency room doctor. For most types of dental emergencies, your local emergency dentist will be able to provide better care. Some possible exceptions to this are cases of extensive soft tissue trauma that may require multiple stitches, as well as cases that involve dislocated or broken jaws. If an injury to the jaw is suspected, it is likely that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will be called for an evaluation. 

Additionally, your dentist’s office is well-equipped with all the necessary tools to handle most dental emergencies. This is because most dental emergencies can easily be fixed with restorative dental procedures. While emergency rooms may have the proper equipment for things like stitches or broken bones, they are lacking dental crowns and restorative dental materials. For this reason, many local dental offices offer emergency dental services. 

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

At this point, you are probably wondering what constitutes a dental emergency. After all, problems with your teeth are rarely life-threatening, so it can be difficult to determine if you need to see an emergency dentist or not. 

In the simplest sense, a dental emergency is a dental problem that requires immediate or timely attention. Some common dental emergencies includes: 

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      • A loose dental restoration

      • A dental restoration that has fallen off

      • Loose or knocked out teeth

      • Chipped or cracked teeth

      • Severe or sudden toothache

      • Some types of soft tissue trauma

    However, certain types of soft tissue trauma may be better treated in an emergency room. Additionally, if you are unable to open your mouth or believe your jaw is dislocated or broken, then you should skip the dentist and head directly to the emergency room. If you are not sure where to go, call your dentist for advice.  

    What are Emergency Dental Services?

    In most cases, emergency dental services are basically unscheduled restorative dental treatments. Depending on the type and extent of the dental emergency, there are various treatments your dentist may recommend. These can include: 

        • Replacing a dental restoration

        • Stabilizing or extracting a loose tooth

        • Replacing a missing tooth

        • Repairing damaged teeth

        • Root canal therapy

        • Stitches

      It is important to note that even though emergency dental services may be unplanned, emergency dentists will do everything in their power to fit you into their schedule. In fact, most set aside time each day for unexpected emergencies. Additionally, services performed for a dental emergency will use dental anesthetics and possible dental sedation to make your treatment easier. 

      If you find yourself with a possible dental emergency, be sure to call your dentist’s office before anything else. Although most dental emergencies can be treated at your local dental office, your dentist can recommend exactly what you should do for the type of emergency you are experiencing. When visiting your dentist is recommended for a dental emergency, know that you are in good hands with the expertise needed to provide emergency dental treatment. 


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      July 16, 2022

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      July 11, 2022

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      March 23, 2022

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      March 16, 2022

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      March 1, 2022

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      February 23, 2022
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      February 15, 2022

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      February 11, 2022

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      February 10, 2022

      I have been with this dentist for more than 12 years. He has and uses the latest technology to provide the best dental care imaginable. His staff is talented, friendly and outgoing, as is Dr. Bob himself. I recommend him highly and without reservation.

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      February 9, 2022

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      February 9, 2022

      The staff is very nice and very accommodating. I’ve been coming here for years. Can’t see myself switching to any other dental office.

      February 8, 2022

      Love Fox Valley Dental Care!! Dr. Dokhanchi and his staff are awesome. My cleaning was amazing. I went to Dr. Dokhanchi after avoiding a dentist for a couple of years and I’m so glad I found Dr. Dokhanchi and his team. He listened to my concerns and explained a treatment plan that made sense. He and his staff are amazing and very kind, never making me feel ashamed of avoiding the dentist. Since becoming his patient and getting my oral hygiene turned around he has also helped me get my diabetes under control by getting my oral health under control. I would highly recommend Fox Valley Dental Care. Thanks Dr. Bob!!

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      February 3, 2022

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      February 2, 2022

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      February 1, 2022

      All the staff was very professional and treated me like family. They were caring and thoughtful by explaining everything to me about what was going to take place. The environment was pleasant and modern. Great place and great service. Highly recommended!! Kudos to my hygienist Jordan!

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      January 16, 2022

      I've been going to Fox Valley Dental now for 18 years and Dr Bob and Jordan are the best, wouldn't go to any other dentist!!!

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      January 13, 2022

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      Wendell Cross
      December 12, 2021

      My wife and I have been patients for 15+ years and have been quite happy with the professional and up-to-date care we have received. Doctor has a fine support staff that really care as much as he does. That care extends to the beautiful and Covid-conscious office and treatment area.

      Celina Ortiz
      August 22, 2021

      Bob and his team are extremely professional and friendly. My whole family and I trust them with our dental work and I refer all my loved ones here. They truly are the best!

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      August 21, 2021
      Joe Renteria
      August 5, 2021

      Great dentist office. My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Bob for over five years. They have top of the line equipment and a beautiful office. The staff is very friendly. My wife hates going to the dentist but Dr. Bob & Jordin make her visits very pleasant. She will not see anyone other than Jordin.

      Dakota Sheaffer
      July 31, 2021

      The dental staff and Dr. Bob are very efficient, thorough and kind! I feel very confident and I’m so happy I have found a great place to go for my dental care! So much appreciated and thank you so much to all of you!🥰

      Randi Mondell
      July 22, 2021

      I have been going to Dr. Bob for over 18 yrs.He treats me with kindness & respect.Dr.Bob explains any type of procedure in great detail & always offers options.He is extremely knowledgeable and offers state of the art equipment in his office.Very modern & clean. I also want to praise Jordan, who always allots extra time for cleaning my teeth, as I have sensitive gums & teeth.She is most gentle & always checking to see if I’m doing ok. Dr, Bob & his team make me feel like family. They are extremely professional and truly care about the well-being of their patients.

      Megan Lewis
      July 7, 2021

      Everyone is so friendly, I always have a great experience every time I come in.

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      July 7, 2021
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      June 8, 2021
      Monica Henley
      May 15, 2021

      Fox Valley Dental practice is exceptional. Dr. Bob is meticulous and expert in all his dental care. The office is highly equipped and adapted for the sanitation processes. I felt completely safe. All the staff if friendly and capable. I would highly recommend this practice for your dental needs. My family and I have been seeing Dr. Bob for over 30 years. Even my daughter takes her two year old child to him. He’s the best!!!

      Ruben S.
      May 13, 2021

      Never had a bad visit here or even wait more than a few minutes to be seen. Dr. Bob is pleasant, knowledgeable, and you can tell he cares about the well-being of his patients. Always a pleasure to see Jordan and the rest of the friendly staff as well. The office is easily located near a major intersection in a quiet business park. I've never even thought switching dentists and have referred others to Dr. Bob. Keep up the good work!

      Megan Karner
      May 13, 2021

      Dr. Bob and his staff are the best!!

      Steve Reinking
      May 12, 2021

      Dr. Bob is a techno genius. His clinic is full of the latest technologies known to exist. Software now that can point out problems from X-rays that might have been overlooked by the human eye. Not that anything gets past Dr. Bob, as he has alway been very thorough with attention to detail. His staff is as dedicated in doing their jobs in a friendly efficient atmosphere. The apple hasn’t fallen far from the boss. His foresight and concern for my health is only one reason I remain a loyal client.

      Olivia Ozdinec
      May 11, 2021

      My only complaint is that I didn't find this place sooner. Dr Bob and his staff do such a wonderful job at easing my anxieties that come with dental work. I feel like my smile is in the best hands!

      Shannon Wood
      April 29, 2021

      My family and I have been seeing Dr. Bob for nearly 20 years now. Dr. Bob and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, kind, thorough, and truly committed to providing all patients with the very best care. They answer any questions you have, make sure you're comfortable, and are willing to work with you to provide flexible payment options. I highly recommend Fox Valley Dental, and I can't ever imagine going anywhere else!

      April 1, 2021

      A fantastic professional dental crew! Everyone is very polite, caring and go out of their way to ensure you are comfortable and satisfied. They treat you as if you are family. The facility and equipment is modern and the furniture is nice. Best place I have ever been to for dental care ~ Dr. Bob is awesome!!! Great place!!!

      Evan S.
      March 31, 2021

      Friendly, honest and professional.

      Laura Salinas
      March 30, 2021
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      March 12, 2021
      Daniel Thompson
      March 9, 2021

      I highly recommend Fox Valley Dental Care. Dr. Bob and his entire staff do such an amazing job every single time. They’re all so friendly and welcoming! Such a clean office, they work around your schedule to get you in as soon as you need to and you know the job has been done correctly because Dr. Bob and his staff did it. I’ve been going here 10+ years and will never change dentist. Thank you Fox Valley Dental for all that you do and keep it up! P.S. I love all the updated technology that keeps getting added to the office because I know I’m getting my money’s worth for my teeth.

      Aries Stark
      March 1, 2018

      Update Saturday, August 20: I don't know how many years later? No more massage chair, but who cares. Dr. Bob has come a long way in getting the latest technology. Everytime I come in, there's the latest and greatest. Today I had a crown appointment and he found a deep hidden cavity. He took care of it then and there with the crown. I mean he keeps getting better at his craft. I still highly recommend. I added the 5th star today. They have a good flow/vibe going. Lovely office. It has a spa-like quality to it and impeccably clean. And they have massage chairs you can keep on during your dental work. Wot in tarnation? Pretty kewl. IMHO, I believe his work is amazing. And I've been to enough dentists to know this and keep coming back. He showed me my teeth before, during and after with a series of photos, which is great when you have a mouth full of problems. I was told to just sit and wait without checking-in as soon as I walked in. Not sure if they were having a bad day or what... But will update rating in the future if that improves.

      Delores Butler
      March 8, 2016

      I have been going to Dr Bob for years and never and I mean never had a bad experience. Dr Bob and Jordan are my favorite two ever. So here it is 2021 and I'm still with Dr Bob, he's the best dentist ever!!!! Although he has killed drinking coffee ☕, it has all been for the best. 😁

      Rory Sullivan
      September 19, 2011

      Great experience with this dentist. Going to him for years and no complaints. Honest and straight forward. My highest recommendation.

      Ann Ross
      September 6, 2011

      I saw Jordan, my longtime dental hygienist, and had an excellent cleaning and overall experience as always. Dr. Bob and team are terrific and truly care.