Your Hometown Dentist

Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Simple Smiles

Dentist located in Johnson City, TN

When you have a dental emergency, it's essential that you have an experienced team of experts that you trust to protect your oral health. The team at Simple Smiles in Johnson City, Tennessee, offers quick, compassionate emergency dentistry services, whether you have a broken tooth or a tooth that’s been knocked out. If you have an emergency dental problem, call the office right away.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the field of dental medicine that treats oral health issues that need immediate attention. Getting emergency care when you have an injured tooth or an infection could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth or even protecting or harming your overall health.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Tooth abscess
  • Sudden onset of tooth pain
  • Loose or lost permanent tooth
  • Facial trauma
  • Swelling in your cheek or gums

When you have any of these emergencies, the team at Simple Smiles can evaluate and treat you quickly to avoid permanent tooth loss or worsening damage to your dental health.

What does an emergency dental visit entail?

The Simple Smiles team adapts your emergency visit to fit your immediate needs. Initially, they do a thorough assessment of your problem, ask any essential questions that can help them evaluate your issue, and create a plan of care.

Your evaluation and treatment plan may include:

  • An oral exam
  • Digital X-rays
  • Oral surgery
  • Tooth extraction
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Stitches or tissue repair
  • At-home care instructions
  • Follow-up appointment

The team takes exceptional care in making sure your dental emergency receives immediate attention and treatment as soon as you get to the office. In some cases, you can help improve your outcome by taking essential steps to protect your teeth until you arrive.

What should I do if I break or lose a tooth?

Breaking or losing a tooth is one of the most common of all dental emergencies. People can break or crack a tooth, or lose a tooth entirely, due to biting into something hard or receiving facial trauma.

In the event of a broken or chipped tooth, it is a dental emergency if there is pain or if the tooth has sharp edges. If there’s no pain, you can immediately call for an appointment, but it may not be an emergency. The team helps determine when you need immediate treatment.

If you lose a tooth entirely due to trauma or other reason, gently rinse the tooth and try to place it back in the gum socket. Bite slowly and softly on a gauze pad or other soft material to help hold the tooth in place while you travel to the Simple Smiles office.

If you aren't able to place the tooth back in the socket, put it in a cup of milk to preserve it until you arrive at the office. If you have any questions or need guidance, call the office and the team can help you determine the next steps.

When you need expert emergency dentistry, call Simple Smiles or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool as soon as possible.