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Emergency Care


Are You Having a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is an urgent dental problem, usually associated with the teeth and jaws, which may have symptoms that require immediate attention by a dentist. For example, a severe dental infection, visible swelling, or recent dental trauma are all considered emergency problems that require prompt, professional attention.
If you have a dental emergency, your first call should be to your regular dentist, who will be the best person to assist you in your time of need. Most dentists set aside time during business hours for emergency procedures.
If you do not have a regular dentist, or are unable to see your regular dentist, Pitt Dental Medicine can assess your emergency need. Your dental emergency will be addressed in one of the following ways.

Emergency Care for Adults

Adult patients (age 18 and older) experiencing a dental emergency should call our appointment scheduling number at 412-648-8616. During that call you will be asked a series of questions about your dental pain. You may be scheduled for an appointment in an appropriate clinical area.  

Appointments in our Emergency Clinic are for evaluation only. You may be rescheduled to return for dental treatment.

The fee for this emergency consultation is $50.  Any radiographs or dental treatment will be at an additional fee.

Emergency Care for Children

If your child (age 17 and younger) is a patient of Pitt Dental Medicine Department of Pediatric Dentistry and is having an unexpected dental emergency, please call 412-648-8930, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Care for Adults with Special Health Care Needs

If the patient has previously been seen in the Center for Patients with Special Needs (CPSN), or is a new patient with special health care needs, and is having an unexpected dental emergency, please call 412-648-3039, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Emergencies During Non-Business Hours

If you have a dental emergency during non-business hours (after hours, weekends, or holidays) please call 412-440-2239 to speak to the dental resident on call.

>>> If you are experiencing severe facial or oral trauma, please seek immediate emergency care at a hospital emergency room.

Follow-up Care

Follow-up care with your dentist after your emergency visit is always recommended, and usually required. If you are a patient at Pitt Dental Medicine, a follow-up appointment will be made for you in the appropriate clinic.

Emergency Care Fees and Insurance

Pitt Dental Medicine has an established fee schedule for our emergency services.  Most major insurances, most major credit cards, and cash payments are accepted. Please consult a financial information specialist to make your payment arrangements prior to receiving services.

For more information regarding insurance and payments, please visit Patient Fees and Insurance, or call 412-648-3100, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to speak with one of our financial information specialists.