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Emergency Dentist – New Orleans, LA

Quick Help When You Need It

Do you have a bad toothache? Has your tooth become chipped or come out completely? You don’t have to panic! At Camenzuli Dental Excellence, our team is here to help when a dental emergency strikes. When you contact our trusted emergency dentist in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Camenzuli will relieve your pain and provide the care you need to get your healthy, confident smile back. Just give our dental office in New Orleans a call, and we’ll see you as soon as we can. In fact, we recommend saving our number in your phone so that you’re ready should the need arise.

Why Choose Camenzuli Dental Excellence for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Dental Insurance Accepted
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
  • Experienced Dentist with Specialized, Advanced Training

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman in pain holding jaw

By nature, dental emergencies are often unexpected, so obviously you won’t be able to plan when or how they happen. However, you can somewhat plan how you will react in response. In most cases, your first step should be calling us immediately. We can schedule your visit, often on the same day as your initial call, and give you specific advice. Below are instructions for dealing with the most common dental emergencies.


Man in pain holding jaw

Try to floss around the tooth to loosen any stuck food debris. If the ache continues, call our dental office right away. Tooth pain often comes from decay that has reached the center of the tooth, where the nerves are. In that case, we may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth from needing to be extracted.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Closeup of smile with missing tooth

Gather the pieces of your tooth and make sure you bring them with you to our New Orleans dental office. Is there a sharp edge on your tooth? Apply some dental wax to protect your soft tissues from getting cut. Although we will certainly make every effort to save your tooth, keep in mind that we may need to extract the tooth if the damage is too severe.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Closeup of smile with chipped tooth

When you touch and pick up the tooth, handle it by the crown and avoid the root. Rinse the tooth and try to put it back into the socket. If that’s not possible, you need to keep the tooth moist by storing it in a container of milk or saltwater. You can also hold it between your gums and cheek. In any case, you need to get to our dental office within an hour for the highest chances of saving the natural tooth.

Lost Filling/Crown

Woman covering her mouth

If a filling or crown comes out of place, rinse it and your mouth out with warm water. Then, put it back on your tooth. For more stability, you can add a dab of toothpaste or dental wax before placing it. Know that this solution will not last very long—just until you are able to come in to our dental office for a replacement restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Woman flossing teeth

Some dental emergencies are outside your control; however, if you take certain precautions, you can reduce the odds of experiencing a dental emergency altogether. Here are the things you can do to avoid a dental emergency:

  • Brush twice and floss once every day.
  • Visit Dr. Camenzuli twice every year for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Wear a sports mouthguard, especially in sports or activities where contact is likely.
  • Avoid chewing on ice, pens, or other hard objects.
  • Get the appropriate tool to open packaging instead of using your teeth.

Learn more About How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Not all dental emergencies are the same. Treatment that can resolve a problem for one patient may not be enough to fix it for another. As a result, the cost of treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis. However, one thing is universal when it comes to a dental emergency—it’s never a good idea to postpone seeking professional help. Oral problems only get worse, and therefore require more extensive and expensive treatment, the longer you wait. When you come in, our team will review your financial options and help make your dental care fit within your budget.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

woman with toothache visiting emergency dentist in New Orleans

When you call your emergency dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Camenzuli, with an urgent dental problem, he and the rest of our team will do our utmost to see you as soon as possible and get you out of pain quickly. From dislodged teeth to a busted lip, we have the training necessary to treat all kinds of dental emergencies. However, before you make it our office, we want you to be as prepared as possible, which is why we have answered some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Any time you experience serious trauma or pain in your mouth, it’s a good idea to treat it as an emergency. Even if you believe that it’s nothing serious or the pain fades away, it’s best to err on the side of caution and contact us to schedule an appointment anyway. Dental health problems rarely ever go away on their own, and can worsen the longer you put off treatment. Profuse bleeding, swelling that compromises your ability to breathe or swallow, or an injured jaw are all serious emergencies that should be treated at your local ER. For all other oral problems, call your dentist in New Orleans instead.

How Can I Manage the Pain?

Until your appointment with us, you may need something to help alleviate your discomfort, especially if for some reason we can’t see you on the same day as your call. You could use one or more of the following:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen
  • Topical pain reliever like Orajel
  • Cold compress to reduce pain as well as swelling

It’s worth mentioning, though, that just because you are able to manage the pain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also schedule an appointment with us. We can get to the root of your problem and put a stop to your discomfort once and for all.

What If I Have a Dental Emergency While I’m Out of Town?

If a dental emergency occurs while you’re on vacation, try not to panic. Instead, find a dentist in the area who will treat your immediate problem. Once that is squared away and you are out of pain, give us a call to book an appointment when you return. That way we can evaluate your oral health and see whether any further treatment is required.

My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?

Absolutely. While many people believe that the occasional tooth pain is perfectly normal, that couldn’t be father from the truth. In fact, if your toothache suddenly goes away, it could mean that the nerve inside the tooth has “died,” meaning it doesn’t feel pain anymore. At this point, you might need a root canal or even a tooth extraction to prevent the damage from spreading to other teeth. As a rule of thumb, teeth never hurt for no reason. If you experience even a slight toothache, call us right away so we can address the root of the problem.