Emergency Dentistry in Centuria, WI

Sometimes our lives are strategically planned like a game of chess, and sometimes accidents happen when you least expect them. You can prepare yourself for emergencies by knowing who to call at that moment, instead of feeling frazzled and discouraged.

What is a Dental Emergency?

The dentists at River Birch Dental know exactly how to handle dental emergencies of all types, so you can feel confident when calling us to relieve your pain and solve your dental emergency.

Types of emergencies we can treat include:

  • Cracked, chipped, or broken tooth
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Tooth mobility
  • Jaw pain
  • Damage to a restoration procedure such as a crown

If you’re unsure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call and we’ll get you in as soon as we can. We’ll provide you with information on what to do while you wait for a non-emergency appointment.


Each patient’s toothache symptoms are unique. They can be mild or severe, short-lived or long-lasting. The source of a dental problem, as well as the patient’s pain tolerance, daily habits, and overall health, significantly affects how dental pain feels and how rapidly it increases.

Toothaches can occur when your teeth are sensitive to biting or chewing. Hot or icy foods can also create a sharp pain and cause a toothache. The best treatment for an escalating toothache is to schedule a dental visit shortly after the onset of pain. That way you can see one of our dentists before your toothache becomes an emergency.

If your pain is unbearable and you can’t sleep through the night or carry out your regular activities due to pain, your toothache is considered an emergency.

Cracked, Chipped, and Broken Teeth

Cracks in teeth aren’t always visible to the naked eye; only an x-ray will reveal them. Some cracks appear in the enamel, and some are deep, penetrating to a tooth’s core. Significant tooth cracks can lead to a broken tooth, in which the crown of a tooth breaks off, leaving the root in its socket.

A broken tooth is always an emergency. Depending on the severity of a cracked tooth, treatment may involve placing a crown or extraction and replacement of the tooth. To determine whether your tooth crack requires emergency dentistry, ask yourself if the pain will keep you from sleeping through the night. If the answer is no, call our office for an appointment.

When a chip is large enough to damage the dentin or pulp of a tooth, a toothache instantly occurs, and emergency dentistry is the best option. Substantial chips may require treatment with a crown or, in severe cases, tooth extraction.

To maintain healthy occlusion and jawbone density, our dentists always advise replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant if possible.

Mobile or Knocked-Out Tooth

We expect children’s primary teeth to naturally loosen and fall out, because they will be followed by a set of permanent teeth. Once permanent teeth have developed, any motion in a tooth is cause for concern. There are two primary causes of tooth mobility– gum disease and injury. Our dentists treat both.

Gum disease sets in overtime, and it will be detected at a patient’s biannual checkups and cleanings. If you haven’t visited our office for a preventative dental visit in the last six months, we recommend to schedule one now. We can assess your loose tooth and determine whether gum disease is the cause.

Injuries to the jaw and teeth can result in one or more teeth being completely dislodged. If you’re in a situation where your tooth is knocked out, contact us for emergency dental care.

Frequently Asked Questions

River Birch Dental

601 State Road 35
Centuria, Wisconsin 54824
P.O. Box 459

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