When one or more of your teeth become compromised through an accident, infection, or illness it can be a stressful experience. In an emergency, don’t wait to contact the qualified staff at Smart Dental Care! We’ll be here to offer you swift, efficient dental care no matter the cause of your dental crisis.
Fast Emergency Dental Care
From sharp jaw aches to chipped teeth, unexpected dental problems can cause significant pain and discomfort that make it difficult to focus on the rest of your day. The sooner you arrive at an emergency dentist, the more likely it is that you will be able to save your tooth and get back to normal.
Get In Touch With Us ASAP
At Smart Dental Care, we believe quick, professional intervention is important for addressing critical dental emergencies. Our team of dedicated dental professionals treats every emergency with promptness and great care, so you can find relief and healing as soon as possible.
Your dental emergency is our priority. As soon as you suspect you need prompt dental care, give us a call.
Dental Emergencies Need Quick, Professional Attention
In times of dental crisis, a trip to the emergency room is not always the answer. Accidents, injuries, and severe toothaches require a competent dental professional to properly diagnose and treat the problem with the right knowledge and skills.
Our practice offers rapid care for dental emergencies—whether you are a regular patient in our office or not. During our regular business hours, we make every effort to treat you right away to eliminate discomfort and protect your smile.
No two dental emergencies look precisely the same. However, if you or a loved one are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek prompt care:
- A severe toothache.
- A broken or loose crown.
- Swelling in the gums or soft tissues.
- Abnormal bleeding.
- Significant sensitivity to temperature or pressure.
- Damage to previous dental work.
- Intense pain when chewing or eating.
- Breaks or cracks in permanent teeth.
We consider critical situations a pressing concern. Serious problems with your teeth do not always go away on their own. Whatever the cause of your dental emergency, the staff at Smart Dental Care are here to help.
Get Professional Urgent Care for Painful, Broken Teeth
Our staff is highly experienced in treating a variety of stressful dental dilemmas, including:
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Dental swelling or inflammation.
- Loose or knocked-out teeth.
- Abnormal bleeding.
- Tooth, jaw, or gum pain.
These and other emergencies typically call for immediate treatment using the right methods and solutions to protect both your short and long-term dental health. Our office is readily equipped to treat dental emergencies, big and small, in patients of all ages and dental health statuses.
Persistent or troubling symptoms must be treated carefully and with urgency to safeguard your smile. If you suspect a serious issue in your mouth, teeth, or gums, especially any problems that just can’t wait, contact Smart Dental Care with any questions or concerns right away.
Experience Smart Dental Care’s Highly-Trained Emergency Dental Team
The long-term health of your smile is crucial for other aspects of your health, so we treat dental emergencies with the seriousness they deserve. Even if you’re not certain a situation is critical, dangerous, or urgent, we do all we can to quickly diagnose any serious issues, make you comfortable and get you on the right track to recovery.
Informed, Customized Treatment Solutions
Dental emergencies can impact one or more teeth, your facial and jawbones, your gums, existing dental work, and any dental appliances you rely on to speak, chew, smile, and maintain strong, healthy teeth.
Our team has the skills and expertise to manage and consider all the various factors that can impact your ideal treatment plan to determine an ideal course of action for you and your unique smile.
Cutting-Edge Technology & Knowledgeable Staff
Dental emergencies can be traumatic and overwhelming. We know how important it is to maintain a healthy, complete smile so you can feel confident in the look and feel of your teeth. Our practice takes pride in the advanced, state-of-the-art tools and techniques we employ to make your experience as pleasant and efficient as possible.
Both Dr. Ashton and Dr. Nyugen have extensive training in urgent dental emergencies, utilizing exceptional dentistry and patient-centered care in every situation, every time. Each member of our staff goes above and beyond to prioritize the well-being of every emergency patient to make sure each receives the care and consideration deserved in your dental emergency.
Call our skilled team or come into our practice to experience skilled, attentive emergency dental care when you need it most.
“I had an emergency (my veneer came off of my front tooth ) and the team at Smart Dental Care got me in the same day and was able to bond it back in place. All the team members who work there are incredibly nice and professional. I would refer all of my friends and family to them 👍”
– Brenda W.
Common Reasons for Dental Emergencies
Sudden dental emergencies take many forms. We provide advice and solutions for these and other common dental problems that bring unwelcome pain and distress with or without warning.
Dental trauma can be serious. One of the most common dental emergencies occurs when an accident or injury causes a tooth or many teeth to break. The most severe of these instances is known as a tooth avulsion—or when a permanent tooth breaks at the root or is knocked out of its socket.
To save a tooth that has been knocked out, it’s important to react quickly with the right steps to save the tooth and prevent complications such as infection and permanent tooth loss.
- Handle the tooth with care, never touching the delicate root area.
- Gently clean the tooth with milk, saline, or clean water.
- Let it dry and carefully attempt to place it back in the socket.
- Ensure the tooth remains moist in the socket, a glass of milk, or your cheek.
- Seek emergency dental care right away for a chance of successful re-implantation.
You should never mishandle or force a tooth back into your bite if you confront resistance or additional dental trauma. Proper aftercare will increase the likelihood that the tooth can be repaired and reattached correctly.
Should you bite down too hard on solid material or receive a blow to your mouth, face, or jaw, you may end up with a crack or fracture in one or more of your teeth. Cracked teeth are not always visible, and not all cracks indicate an emergency. However, some symptoms should prompt you to seek emergency dental care as soon as you can.
Severely cracked teeth may cause:
- Increased sensitivity to temperature.
- Pain while biting or chewing.
- Swelling and inflammation.
- Toothache or jaw pain.
- Visible fractures.
The only way to truly determine the severity of a cracked tooth is to seek a professional examination. Emergencies can worsen significantly if left untreated. To avoid complications, it’s wise to find emergency dental care whether a crack seems severe or not.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Though your teeth are coated with strong enamel, they may break or chip if you slip, fall, or hit your tooth on a dense object. Broken and chipped teeth, however, are not always the result of dental trauma. Even grinding your teeth, biting on hard materials, or opening containers can leave your teeth vulnerable to injury.
As soon as you notice a chipped or broken tooth, seek repair right away. Be sure to take anti-inflammatory medications, use ice or a cold compress to reduce any swelling, and save any pieces of your tooth by keeping them moist and clean.
Pulpitis (Root Canal Infection)
If a cavity or dental infection grows severe, tooth decay may spread to the root and cause it to become infected and swollen. Infections in the root canal, or pulpitis, can be highly painful and often noticed by:
- Discomfort when eating or chewing.
- Exposure to hot and cold temperatures.
- A foul smell or taste in your mouth.
- The presence of a fever or swelling in lymph nodes.
Whether your tooth can be saved with a root canal treatment will depend on how quickly you can receive treatment, how severe the pulp infection is and whether the infection is chronic or acute.
Loose or Missing Fillings
Previously filled cavities can become loose or fall out completely. If a filling feels loose or falls out, it’s important to get it replaced quickly to prevent further damage to the exposed tooth. You may hold on to the filling and use temporary dental wax or putty until the filling is repaired.
Dislodged fillings can be incredibly painful, as the inner layers of your tooth are exposed and sensitive to external stimuli and bacteria. Always seek prompt emergency dental care if severe pain or sensitivity impacts your teeth, as neglecting an exposed tooth may require more extensive dental work down the road.
Dental crowns are designed to last for 15 or more years. When they become compromised, through damage or normal wear and tear, the tooth below becomes highly susceptible to contamination and irritation.
If a crown breaks or falls out, call us immediately. We can instruct you on home care steps to take before you make it to our office.
It may be possible to re-bond or reattach the existing crown to your tooth, but in some cases, a tooth may no longer be able to accommodate a crown. Broken and detached crowns may require alternative emergency dental treatments, including implants, extractions, and bridges.
Pericoronitis (Gum Pain or Swelling)
Persistent irritation or inflammation in your gums can make it difficult to chew, speak, or enjoy your favorite foods. Pericoronitis, the swelling of gum tissue, occurs when molars or wisdom teeth erupt, in patients with poor dental hygiene, if food or other debris becomes caught in soft tissues, and when other infections are present.
In some cases, pericoronitis is indicative of an underlying dental problem. Gum pain and swelling are considered emergencies when accompanied by a fever, intense pain, difficulty with chewing or biting, and swelling that extends to other regions of the mouth, jaw, or neck.
Most often caused by a large, untreated cavity or dental trauma, an abscess signals a bacterial infection in or near the root of a tooth. A dental abscess appears as a distended area in your mouth filled with fluid, typically noticeable on the gums near an infected tooth. Left untreated, serious complications may develop.
A tooth abscess may cause:
- Swelling in the jaw, gums, or neck.
- Fever and tender lymph nodes.
- Bad, foul-smelling breath.
- Sensitivity to temperature or pressure.
- A severe toothache that may throb or radiate.
Due to the nature of these infections, bacteria may spread to other areas of your body. It is important to seek emergency dental care as soon as you can. Our dentist may prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection, drain the wound to relieve pressure, and extract or treat the affected tooth to remove the infection.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Do You Offer Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments?
In dental emergencies, the sooner you receive professional care, the healthier your smile will be in the long run. Smart Dental Care staff reserve time during regular business hours specifically for emergency dental crises. We do everything in our power to see emergency patients immediately, whether by offering guidance over the phone while you wait for treatment or with hands-on intervention right away.
When Should I Go to the Emergency Room for Dental Problems?
Whether you visit an emergency dentist or go to a hospital emergency room depends on your situation. For significant fevers, difficulty breathing, broken or injured jaw/facial bones, or profuse bleeding, you should seek the care of an emergency room before an emergency dental appointment.
What Is the Best Painkiller for a Severe Toothache?
Dental pain can become overwhelming. The majority of toothaches are caused by inflammation and swelling. Many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkillers will calm flaring pain receptors and provide much-needed relief.
However, not every pain medication is right for each situation, and a dentist should examine any toothache that is severe enough to require painkillers. The underlying cause of a toothache must be treated to reduce ongoing pain and discomfort, and any painkiller used for toothaches, even over-the-counter varieties, should be supervised by one of our dentists.
How Can I Sleep Better With a Bad Toothache?
Because lying down causes more blood flow to your head, a toothache may feel more painful when it’s time to get some rest at night. To sleep more soundly with a large cavity, sensitive teeth, or increased pressure on your mouth and jaw, there are several things you can try.
- Take Painkillers | A low dose of pain medication can provide short-term relief for inflammation and discomfort, but should only be used under professional guidance.
- Use an Elevated Pillow | Keeping your head elevated will prevent increased blood flow and pressure on your head, which can alleviate pain and swelling.
- Rinse With Salt Water | A mixture of salt and warm water can remove leftover particles and help to clean any infections or sensitive areas of inflammatory bacteria and microbes.
- Practice Good Hygiene | Some food particles can worsen tooth pain, so removing potential irritants by brushing and flossing well before bed can alleviate toothache pain.
Some patients also find relief through a warm or cold compress. However, heat should not be used unless directed by a dentist.
How Much Will Emergency Dental Treatment Cost?
The cost of your emergency dental appointment will depend on the scope of your treatment and the types of services required to remedy your smile. While emergency care is often more expensive than regular dental visits, we strive to provide efficient, comprehensive care with your health and financial circumstances in mind.
Our staff walks you through each step of the emergency dental process to keep you informed about your treatment plan. Our practice works hard to provide high-quality dental care with manageable payment options.
Smart Dental Care accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Patients may also choose to establish or use an existing CareCredit Healthcare account to pay for emergency dental services.
Call Smart Dental Care for Emergency Dental Appointments in Holladay
No matter your dental emergency, the skilled dental staff at Smart Dental Care can help. A successful emergency treatment plan depends on proper diagnosis and quick action.
Don’t wait to contact our office in an emergency. Our staff can take care of you or a loved one as quickly as possible so you don’t have to live with unnecessary dental pain or discomfort.
Dental Emergency? Contact Our Office Today
Smart Dental Care’s trusted staff will do everything possible to accommodate your needs to help relieve dental pain and restore your smile. Get in touch with our practice to receive exceptional emergency dental care today.