Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies happen.

Dr. Aron Geelan of Geelan Dental Care is an emergency dentist that offers same day appointments at his downtown Portland practice. He regularly sees patient who, have had teeth knocked out  or broken. We suggest calling our practice if this happens, but Dr. Geelan recommends that patients quickly look over the following list before calling our practice.

  1. If there is any chance that a dental emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Always try to stay calm in an emergency situation.
  2. Do your best to stop any bleeding. If bleeding cannot be managed, or if bleeding seems to be getting worse, call 911.
  3. If a tooth is knocked out or displaced, it is recommended that you pick it up by the crown (the visible portion), rinse with water, and reposition the tooth in the socket. If it cannot be placed in the socket, keep it moist by immersing it in milk. We do not recommend immersing it in tap water.
  4. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen during a dental emergency. These medications are anticoagulants and can cause excessive bleeding.
  5. Contact your dentist immediately. If you’re an existing patient of Geelan Dental Care, call 503-223-1322.