Emergency Dentist – Hillsboro, OR

Providing You with Urgent,
Pain-Relieving Dentistry

Woman holding her cheek in pain before emergency dentistry in Hillsboro

Dental emergencies always happen at the most unexpected moments, which is why people become so easily panicked and aren’t able to think clearly to make the best decisions for their oral health. That’s why we suggest that our patients have our number and address pre-programmed in their phone, just in case. As an emergency dentist in Hillsboro, our team will provide you with a same-day appointment and over-the-phone first-aid guidance to make sure that no additional harm comes to your smile.

Why Choose Wolfe Dental Hillsboro for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Dental Sedation
    Methods Available
  • We Proudly Accept
    Dental Insurance
  • We Treat Patients
    of All Ages

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

If you experience dental trauma or any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, always contact our office first so we can schedule an emergency appointment for you. As you’re making your way to our dental office, you can follow some of the tips and advice that we’ve provided below on how to handle the most common emergency situations.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Although it’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies, there are some preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing one, including:

  • Maintain a nutritious diet
  • Stay hydrated with water
  • Avoid chewing on sticky and hard items
  • Break bad oral habits like nail-biting and smoking
  • Visit us every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings
  • Keep up with your at-home oral hygiene routine

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Once we’ve had an opportunity to examine your mouth and diagnose any underlying problems that may be causing your pain, we’ll be able to develop a treatment plan and determine the cost of fixing the issue. We make sure that we’re always transparent with our patients, so we will walk you through all of the details before completing any work. If you have questions about dental insurance coverage or financing, our team will be happy to answer them.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Woman holding her jaw in pain

Do you experience pain and tenderness in your jaw joints or grind and clench your teeth at night? These are signs of a common condition known as TMJ dysfunction. To help ease your pain, we offer several different customized therapies, including BOTOX injections to help overworked joints relax, occlusal adjustments, and occlusal splints. To learn more about why you’re experiencing jaw discomfort, lockjaw, or facial tension, and how we can help relieve it, contact our office today.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Dental emergencies often come unexpected, so it’s understandable that you have some unanswered questions. Fortunately, we are here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental emergencies in Hillsboro. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and schedule you for an urgent appointment.

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Will my toothache go away on its own?

Toothaches don’t generally go away on their own. Because of this, it is best to schedule a checkup with a dentist just to ensure that nothing serious is going on. There are so many potential causes for toothaches, so you will want to rule them out with a professional as soon as you can. By doing so, you can catch underlying problems before they become serious.

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

When dealing with a toothache at night, it can be difficult to get quality sleep. Until you are able to see an emergency dentist in the morning, keep your head elevated. This prevents blood from rushing to your head and intensifying your toothache. Additionally, take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed, and avoid foods that are acidic, cold, or hard before bed. Cold compresses have also been shown to help dull discomfort.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Most emergency rooms aren’t able to address dental emergencies effectively. However, there are three main exceptions where an ER visit is a better option. You should head to the ER if you have experienced a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that is swollen to the point where it is affecting breathing or swallowing. In pretty much all other circumstances, you should visit your dentist first.

Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?

Water can be used to rinse a tooth that has been knocked out, but the tooth should not be placed in water. This is because water can damage the root surface cells of teeth, therefore reducing your dentist’s chances of being able to place it back into its socket. Instead, do your best to place it back into the open socket yourself before heading to your emergency dentist. If you’re unable to put the tooth back in the socket, keep it in saliva, milk, or a saline solution instead. By seeing your dentist within in hour, you are significantly increase the probability of your tooth being saved.


Gently rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution to help dislodge any debris and clean the area. Typically, persistent and severe toothaches are a sign of infections hidden deep below the enamel. To help with the pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen and place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth.

Learn About Root Canals

Chipped Tooth

Broken Tooth

Try to retrieve any broken-off pieces of your tooth and rinse them off. Bring them to your appointment in case we can successfully adhere them back on your tooth. If the broken tooth is jagged, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area to keep it from irritating or scraping the inside of your mouth.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

Very Sensitive Teeth

Knocked-Out Tooth

Time is of the essence, so be sure to quickly retrieve your tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface and rinse it under a cool stream of water. Store it in a sealable container of milk or salt water to keep the tooth viable and bring it to your appointment.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you’re able to locate your restoration, pick it up, rinse it off, and temporarily place it back on your damaged tooth using a dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a permanent solution, and your tooth is at risk of developing an infection until the restoration is repaired or replaced by a professional.

Broken Denture

Loose Permanent Tooth

Injury to the Gums, Lips, or Tongue

Jaw Pain

Something Stuck Between the Teeth