Like any emergency, dental emergencies often occur unexpectedly (and usually with terrible timing). At Smile Station Dental Care in Paducah, KY, our welcoming dental staff is well versed in dental accidents and can provide the treatments to heal you quickly.
Since we can’t always predict when a dental emergency will occur, it makes the situation stressful and nerve-wracking. The best you can do for yourself and your family is to have a local dental team that you can trust to care for you with compassion and warmth to de-escalate the situation.
Emergency dentist, Dr. Scott Bridges, makes himself available to patients after hours and during our business hours. We do our best to set aside free time daily to accommodate unexpected visitors.
Do you have a dental emergency in Paducah, Lone Oak, Reidland, Ledbetter, Smithland, Benton, Draffenville, Calvert City, and Hardin? Call Smile Station Dental Care to schedule a same-day dental appointment with Dr. Scott Bridges.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Emergency dentistry heals unforeseen dental injuries that require immediate professional attention. Some examples of dental emergencies include:
Toothaches: Have you had an injury to your mouth or face? Are there tell-tale signs of swelling? There are many reasons behind tooth pain, including broken teeth, tooth decay, and loose fillings. Never ignore a toothache or try to tough it out. It’s always better to see your emergency dentist as soon as you can. You can take some pain relievers to reduce any inflammation and pain until you can see us.
Broken tooth: It can be hard to detect tiny fractures or cracks in your tooth. If left untreated, these small cracks slowly grow larger and cause inflammation of the nerve. Contact Smile Station Dental Care immediately if you notice sensitivity or pain. Ignoring a fracture can allow it to worsen so severely that it can permanently damage your tooth. Applying a cold compress to the affected area can reduce swelling and pain.
Lost or loose dental crown or filling: A typical dental emergency that we often see is a lost or damaged dental crown or filling. If your dental crown/filling has become loose or fallen off, we advise you to make a dental appointment with us as soon as possible. Until you can see Dr. Bridges, you can try to place the dental crown over the tooth or use dental cement to keep it secured until we can treat you.
Knocked-out tooth: Few of us want to go through this dental emergency, but our Reidland dental staff can help minimize the stress and trauma, especially if you see us immediately. Some dental emergencies can wait for a little while, but a broken or knocked-out tooth has a short time frame where we can assist you. Patients should see us within an hour of their injury to save their teeth. It’s important that the root of the tooth does not dry out. You can store it safely in your mouth or even in the gap (as long as it doesn’t create further pain.) A cup of milk or saliva is also fine in keeping your tooth moist and safe.
A general rule of thumb is if you notice any inflammation, swelling, tenderness, bleeding, or pain, you have a dental emergency on your hands. No matter how inconvenient it might be, a dental emergency should never be ignored. This is why we do our best to see our patients whenever they need us at our peaceful, welcoming dental location.
Helping Our Patients Through Dental Emergencies
At Smile Station Dental Care, Dr. Scott Bridges and our considerate dental staff put your dental emergency to the forefront even if it occurs outside official business hours. Our inventory of advanced dental technology and amenities allow you to experience the best of what modern dentistry has to offer.
Call us right away if you notice anything odd or unusual, no matter how insignificant it might seem. Please don’t wait for the pain to bring you to us!