A dental emergency encompasses any condition requiring attention that day, not weeks later. If a tooth is knocked out or the patient is in severe pain, we typically see these patients within hours. Most emergencies are unanticipated. Some occur outside office hours and the patient may feel they should wait to call during normal office hours. Caring for our patients, regardless of the time of day, is a service we take very seriously. Our phones are answered by an answering service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We have a doctor and dental assistant on call to respond to any emergency call reported by the answering service.