Emergency Dentist Services

Dental emergencies are scary and can involve pain, infection, or even missing teeth. At Gallardo Periodontics, Implant Dentistry & IV Sedation in Miami, FL, we provide emergency services to help patients whenever they need us. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, you can call our office during business hours at (305) 447-1447 so our excellent emergency dentists and friendly dental staff can help you manage and treat your oral health problems.

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What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Accidents, dental pain, and infection can occur at any time of the day or night. If you develop a problem with your dental health that cannot wait until your dentist can see you during normal business hours, then it is considered an emergent situation.

Some dental emergencies are very obvious: If you have a knocked out, broken, or severely cracked tooth, you will need to be seen right away by an emergency dentist. Quick action can sometimes prevent tooth loss. When you are experiencing tooth pain or have a broken tooth or a minor chip in one of your teeth, you might not be sure if you require treatment right away. In this case, you can contact your dental office in Miami for an appointment with their emergency medical staff on the same or the following day.

Not sure if yours qualify as an emergency?

If you aren’t sure if what you’re experiencing qualifies for needing emergency treatment, it is best to contact your dental office if they are open, or an office specializing in emergency dentistry, such as Gallardo in the Miami area. A dental professional will be able to tell you whether or not you should come in for medical attention immediately. Contact a dentist for:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Damage to the teeth 
  • Significant oral bleeding 
  • Signs of bacterial infection
  • Sensitivity
Experienced emergency dentists will help you with different treatment options if your teeth are compromised after an accident
Dr. Gallardo will evaluate the patient’s receding gums

Broken or fractured tooth? Gum bleeding?

Need an Emergency Appointment?

Types of Dental Emergencies

If you think you need emergency dentistry services due to adult tooth damage, Gallardo Periodontics, Implant Dentistry & IV Sedation in Miami, FL is available for same-day assistance. We treat the following conditions:

Missing Teeth/Dental Prosthesis

A permanent tooth falling out can be extremely alarming. Natural teeth may fall out for many reasons, including advanced periodontal disease, traumatic injuries, or other dental health issues. Dental implants and other prostheses may also fall out. It’s important to call a Miami dental professional right away if a tooth or its replacement falls out for any reason.

Knocked-Out Teeth, Dental Trauma, Broken or Fractured Teeth

Sports trauma, injuries, accidents, falling, or even just biting down on something hard can all cause dental trauma. Teeth that are knocked out, cracked, or severely chipped due to trauma must be seen immediately. Urgent dental care can sometimes prevent the loss of natural teeth.

Severe Facial or Gingival (Gum) Swelling

Swelling can be a sign of gum disease caused by bacteria, an infection, or another dental issue. Minor swelling or sensitive gums typically don’t qualify for urgent care, but patients should contact our emergency dentist immediately about severe facial or gum swelling, which could indicate an abscess and infection.

Wisdom Teeth

Many people have their wisdom teeth removed during their adolescent or young adult years. If they are left in the mouth, however, they are susceptible to many issues, especially if they are impacted and do not fully erupt. Intense pain in the back of the mouth can indicate wisdom teeth issues.

Gingival Bleeding

Gums bleed for all kinds of reasons, ranging from cuts to periodontal disease. Minor bleeding may not be a cause for concern, especially if you know the source, but severe gingival bleeding can qualify as a dental emergency.

Large Cavities

Large cavities can eventually affect the tooth root and pulp. Many patients who come into our Miami office experiencing oral pain need a root canal to clear out the infected pulp and seal off the tooth; otherwise, a filling may be needed.


A toothache occurs most often when a cavity has formed, but may also be caused by periodontal disease or an abscess. Toothaches can be extremely painful and usually indicate a serious dental problem. It is best to seek emergency dental care right away.

Periodontal Conditions

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that are left on the gum tissues and teeth. Over time, it can cause dental problems as minor as bleeding or as major as tooth loss. Emergency care for periodontal conditions may be required in some cases, particularly if they have been left untreated.


Many people grind their teeth, and a simple mouth guard worn over the top arch is usually enough to prevent damage. Sometimes, however, severe grinding can lead to dental problems such as a fracture that requires urgent proper care.

Pain & Infection

In general, if you are experiencing severe toothache or jaw and gum pain, it’s a good idea to get help right away. Call a dentist immediately to discuss your tooth pain as it may indicate a cavity or infection.

If a major tooth infection is left untreated for an extended period of time, it may require oral surgery. Dental surgery involves sometimes the removal of infected teeth or gums, root canal therapy, dental implants, and other procedures to restore dental health.

What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Before an experienced dentist can provide the necessary treatment to restore and maintain optimal oral health, for those dealing with dental injuries or oral health issues, it is important to keep in mind the following advice:

The first step is to remain calm

Your first step in case of a dental emergency is to remain calm. These situations can be painful and scary, but staying calm will allow you to quickly get the treatment you need. Here’s what you should know:

  • If you are in great pain, try to find the source, if possible, before you call the dentist. 
  • Call your normal dentist if the incident occurs during their normal business hours to schedule an appointment right away. 
  • A dental care professional will ask you about the details of your emergency and set up an appointment.

Always be sure to follow any instructions the emergency dentist or hygienist gives you while you are en route to your dental appointment. This will help to improve the outcome of your treatment.

Our staff will keep patients comfortable while performing the right treatment for the dental emergency
Dr. Gallardo will evaluate the patient’s receding gums

What happens at our Emergency Dentist office?

During your emergency appointment, our professional staff will determine the problem and find out what kind of care you need after a dental exam. If you are experiencing great pain, you may be given a painkiller or anesthetic right away.

The emergency dentist at our Miami office will always work quickly to treat the issue and stabilize the situation so that you can safely and comfortably return home. Depending on the circumstances, you will likely have to return for one or more follow-up appointments in the weeks or months following your dental visit. You may need a professional extraction, an implant, a root canal, or another complex dental care treatment.

Any counter-pain reliever medication and medication to control an infection until your follow-up appointment will be prescribed during your emergency visit.

Find an Emergency Dentist in Miami, FL Now

Whether you need help right away or you’re looking for a reliable dental office to care for your teeth long-term, reach out to us at Gallardo in Miami, FL. We offer a wide range of dental services, including:

If you’re in need of an emergency dentist Miami dental professional Dr. John Paul Gallardo and his excellent team have been providing unparalleled care to South Florida patients for over 25 years. Call 305-447-1447 today to contact with our skilled emergency dentists or to schedule an appointment at our dental clinic. 

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Why Choose Dr. Gallardo

  • Dr. Gallardo has 30 years of experience offering dental implants and specialized periodontics to patients throughout South Florida.
  • Dr. Gallardo is a graduate from the University of Miami and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry.
  • Accepted into the V.A. Medical Center General Practice Residency Program of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs where he was honored with the “Outstanding Resident of the Year” Award.
  • He has lectured nationally and internationally to dentists and hygienists and has been sponsored by companies such as Procter and Gamble to speak on clinical topics related to gum disease and implant dentistry.
  • Dr. Gallardo remains a leader in periodontics and implant dentistry through his active and past involvement with University of Florida, Florida Association of Periodontists and North American Society of Periodontists.

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dentist

It is best to contact your primary dentist first for dental advice if they’re open. Depending on what your dentist says, you might get an appointment on the same day or at a later date. It’s a good idea to keep a phone number for an excellent local emergency dentist handy. The number to contact our staff at Gallardo in Miami, FL is 305-447-1447. As a last resort, head to the emergency room.

Sometimes, if a patient is seen by an emergency dentist in Miami right after a traumatic tooth injury, the tooth can be saved. If you have a knocked-out tooth, take the following steps:

 Find the tooth!
 Handle it as little as possible; it is best not to touch the root portion
 Rinse the tooth if necessary
 Put it back into the socket, if possible (don’t swallow it!)
 Use a cold compress to help with facial and tooth pain

If the tooth cannot be replaced in the mouth, keep it in a cup of milk or your saliva on the way to the dentist and give it to our friendly staff as soon as you arrive. This will help preserve it and give us the best chance for saving the tooth.

For many people, the first sign of an urgent dental health problem is experiencing great pain in a tooth or the soft tissues. Management before your appointment might include using pain medication or a cold compress, depending on the source of the pain. Always ask our friendly professionals at the office for pain relief suggestions when you call.

Bleeding gums can be the first sign of early periodontal disease. If you notice minor bleeding when you brush or floss, make sure that you’re not brushing too hard and let your dental hygienist know at your next appointment to see what he or she says. If the bleeding is severe, however, it is best to get help right away.

A loose tooth is a sign of weakened periodontal ligaments and requires attention. If you’re experiencing a loose tooth, contact an emergency dentist right away. A dentist will examine the affected area and determine the best course of dental procedures. If a tooth cannot be saved, extraction may be necessary.

If you live in Miami, you can visit us at 2020 SW 27th Ave Miami, Florida 33145. We are ready to treat any dental emergency.

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