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Emergency Dentist in Memphis, TN

Dental emergencies can happen in an instant - suddenly you or a loved one has a damaged tooth or severe pain. It’s important to stay as calm as possible and contact your dentist immediately. For emergency dental service in Memphis, contact Dr. Miles Moore and the Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

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What to do During a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can be both scary and painful, and we understand that you may want to come in as soon as possible. However, before you contact our office, we need to know some information. The more we know about your emergency, the better.

  • What caused the emergency?
  • Is there any bleeding? Any swelling?
  • How much pain are you in, and how long has this pain been present? 
  • Do you have a broken or knocked-out tooth?
  • Do you have the knocked-out tooth or a piece of the broken tooth?Dentist with Patient

Is this a dental emergency? 

A dental emergency is defined as a situation that needs attention within 24-48 hours because of sudden pain or an injury. Here are the types of emergencies you may experience:

Extreme Pain, Bleeding, or Swelling

If you find yourself with a toothache it’s important to call your dentist right away. Dental pain and swelling rarely go away on its own and will typically worsen as time goes on. Extreme pain could be a way for your body to tell you that something else is going on within your mouth. If swelling is present, it could indicate the presence of infection or trauma. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

Whether from an auto accident or a sports incident, enough physical force to the mouth can leave you with a knocked-out tooth. If you find yourself in this situation, gently rinse the tooth and place it back into the socket if you’re comfortable doing so. If not, placing the tooth in a small container and covering it with saliva or milk should keep it from drying out. With prompt treatment, we can potentially save the tooth. 

Broken Tooth or Teeth

If your broken tooth or teeth are not causing any pain, we may be able to see you at our next available appointment. However, contact us right away to discuss the situation surrounding your broken tooth. Teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or broken are more susceptible to additional damage and you shouldn’t let it go too long. 

Missing or Broken Crowns, Fillings, or Bridges

Missing a restoration can be scary and may leave sharp edges in your mouth. It is recommended to book the earliest appointment available so that we can determine if the restoration can be prepared or if it is time to get a new one. 

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Some emergencies are just that, emergencies, but there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of them happening, such as:

  • Schedule and attend regular checkups with Dr. Miles Moore so he can find any  issues before they become emergencies
  • Wear athletic guards or night guards as needed
  • Practice good oral hygiene at home to keep your gums healthy and reduce the risk of infection
  • Avoid opening packages or bottles with your teeth
  • Limit your chewing on ice, pens, hard candies, etc.

Contact Your Memphis Emergency Dentist 

Dr. Moore sets aside special time for emergency patients so we can get you in as quickly as possible. Contact us now so we can book the earliest possible appointment for you. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, please dial 911. We are your emergency dentist in Memphis, and we are here for you.

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