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Emergency Dentistry – Edmond, OK

Ready to Help at a Moment’s Notice

Most people don’t put together a plan to deal with a dental emergency until they or their child are already experiencing one, but you can easily save yourself from this stressful situation. Just put Dr. M. Kent Smith’s number in your phone right now. That way, should you encounter a terrible toothache or dental injury, you can call us right away and be scheduled for a same-day appointment. Our experience and commitment to quality care will have you or your loved one feeling better before you know it with emergency dentistry in Edmond, OK.

Why Choose M. Kent Smith DDS for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Dentist with Over
    30 Years of Experience
  • Same-Day Emergency
    Appointments Available
  • Soothing Sedation Ensures
    Patient Comfort

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Man in need of emergency dentistry holding jaw

Whether you’re dealing with a painful dental infection or knocked-out tooth, the first thing you should always do is contact our dental office. Over the phone, explain your situation the best you can, and we’ll let you know what to do next. Acting fast enables us to schedule you for an appointment immediately. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to curb any pain and take control of the situation…

Toothaches

Woman with toothache holding jaw

Start by cleaning around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck. If this doesn’t help with the pain, go ahead and take an OTC painkiller, and apply a cold compress if there is any swelling. For serious infections, we can usually save the tooth and stop the pain right away with root canal therapy.

Learn About Root Canals

Chipped/ Broken Tooth

Smile with chipped front tooth

Gather up as many pieces of the tooth you can find and put them in a safe container. Use some gauze or a clean rag to apply slight pressure and stop any bleeding, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum so it won’t injure the inside of the mouth. While we can often repair broken teeth, if one is too forgone, we may have to extract it.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

Knocked-Out Tooth

Closeup of smile with knocked out front tooth

It’s imperative that you come to see us within an hour of the accident to give us the best chance of replanting the tooth. Pick it up while only touching the crown (the part that you see when you smile) and place it under the tongue or in a glass of milk. This will keep the tooth alive until we can see you.

Lost Filling/ Crown

Woman with lost filling covering  mouth

Do you still have the restoration? If so, rinse it off and place it back onto the tooth, using some toothpaste as a temporary adhesive. This is just a quick fix, and you should still come to see us for a full repair! If the restoration is completely lost or broken, cover the tooth with some sugarless gum or dental cement, and avoid chewing with it.

How to
Prevent
Dental Emergencies

Mother and son brushing teeth to prevent dental emergencies
  • Like to play sports? Always remember to wear a mouthguard!
  • Your teeth are strong, but not indestructible, so don’t chew on items like ice, pen caps, popcorn kernels, fingernails, etc.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles—this is a great way to chip them!
  • Keep up with your oral hygiene and dental checkups—these ongoing practices will ensure that small problems don’t develop and have the chance to turn into big emergencies.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Woman and dental team member completing emergency dentistry treatment plan paperwork

We need to see you in person to determine what type of treatment your dental emergency requires and the costs involved. It’s always wise to come see us quickly, as this allows us to address a problem before it causes more pain and becomes more complicated, which will call for a more expensive procedure. We still want this type of care to be affordable, which is why we’re happy to work with dental insurance and offer other flexible payment options.

Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

Woman with dental emergency in Edmond talks to her dentist

Even under the best circumstances, dental emergencies are typically stressful and overwhelming. Having as many answers about how to handle these issues beforehand can go a long way in helping you stay calm and act correctly. For your convenience, we’ve gathered below some of the most common questions we get about situations that need urgent dental care. If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency in Edmond, don’t hesitate to call us and we will make every effort to see you today!

I’m Not Sure If I Have a Dental Emergency—What Should I Do?

Not all dental emergencies are as easy to identify as a knocked-out or broken tooth. Some problems, like toothaches and dental infections, can develop slowly over time instead of suddenly from an injury or accident. If you’re not sure whether your symptoms require urgent dental care, give us a call! We’ll be happy to assess your situation over the phone and give you personalized first aid advice.

Should I Call the Emergency Dentist If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth Unexpectedly?

Even though your child’s baby teeth aren’t a permanent fixture in their smile, you should call us if one is suddenly knocked out. If the tooth was close to coming out on its own, we may not have to do anything. On the other hand, if it came out very early, we may place a small dental device that keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap.

When Should I See an Emergency Dentist About a Toothache?

Any dental pain should be looked at by your dentist in a timely manner. However, some toothaches are a warning sign of a much larger issue that needs immediate professional care. Call Dr. Smith right away if your tooth pain is accompanied by:

  • Inflamed, sore, and easily bleeding gums.
  • A darkening of the painful tooth.
  • Intense discomfort that lasts for more than 1-2 days.
  • Fever, fatigue, or swelling in the face, neck, or jaw.
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the painful tooth.

I Have a Dental Emergency, But I’m Afraid of the Dentist—What Should I Do?

You may be reluctant to seek emergency treatment if routine dental care like cleanings or fillings make you very anxious. Thankfully, Dr. Smith offers several sedation dentistry options to ensure you are as comfortable as possible all throughout your appointment. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, takes effect within moments of application to help you feel completely at-ease. You’ll be able to sit back and relax while we quickly and comfortably repair your smile.

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of the Emergency Dentist?

For nearly any dental emergency, you’ll save time, money, and effort by visiting us first before going to your local ER. However, there are some situations that should be stabilized at the emergency room before we fix up your pearly whites, like:

  • A dislocated or broken jaw.
  • Bleeding in the mouth that hasn’t stopped for 15 minutes.
  • Swelling in the gums, jaw, neck, or face that’s making it difficult to breathe or swallow.

Remember, Dr. Smith and his talented team are ready to help at a moment’s notice. Contact us right away and we’ll do everything we can to alleviate the pain and get you back to enjoying your happy, healthy smile as soon as possible!

TMJ/TMD
Therapy

Woman in need of T M J therapy holding jaw

Is your jaw consistently sore? Does it pop and click whenever you open and close your mouth? Do you constantly have headaches? If so, these symptoms and more may stem from a problem with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This is your main jaw joint. TMJ disorders, or TMDs, affect more than 10 million Americans each year and cause people to experience chronic pain in their jaw, head, face, and neck. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, and other doctors haven’t been able to help, contact Dr. Smith today—he can restore balance to your bite and give you the longstanding relief you deserve!