Dental Emergencies

The Emergency Dentist Greenfield Trusts

emergency dentist greenfieldWhen you find yourself in need of an emergency dental clinic, you don't have time to wonder where to go. Kirkwood Dentistry provides reliable and gentle emergency services when you're suffering oral trauma or pain.

We set some time aside every day to accommodate emergency appointments, so we'll be available when you really need us. Our gentle, comforting staff will welcome you the same day you call, if possible. Should your emergency occur after hours, leave a voicemail, and one of our dentists will call you back. We also provide some after-hours appointments in case of true emergencies, even on nights and weekends.

For your convenience, you can text us pictures of the damage or can make a video call so we can clearly see the problem and determine your next course of action. Additionally, with this information, we'll be ready with the proper treatment when you get to the office. It's always our goal to save your tooth if we can. If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Greenfield, call now!


What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Any situation that involves sudden or extreme oral pain is considered an emergency and merits an immediate call to Kirkwood Dentistry. Some emergency situations include:

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Continuous bleeding of the gums
  • Damaged or lost dental restorations
  • Intense jaw pain
  • Knocked-out or avulsed teeth
  • Acute tooth pain
  • Loose teeth
  • An abscess

When you arrive at our office in Greenfield for emergency dental care, we'll greet you with a soothing demeanor and let our dentist know you've arrived. In cases of severe pain, we can administer oral sedatives or nitrous oxide if needed.

What to Do Before You Get Here

In each of the following emergencies, our dentist will assess your situation and give you detailed instructions specific to your issue. Therefore, it's important that you call us as soon as your emergency occurs. However, there are immediate steps you can take that help to alleviate pain and minimize the risk of complications.

Broken or Cracked Tooth

With lukewarm water, rinse the broken piece of tooth and your mouth. If the area is bleeding, press down with gauze for several minutes. Hold a cold, wet cloth to the outside of your mouth to ease any pain or swelling. If your tooth crack extends down to the root canal, you may experience extreme pain. In that instance, we may need to perform root canal therapy right away.

If the entire crown or filling has completely fallen out, save it in a cool, dry place to preserve it. If you bring the crown or filling to our office, there's a possibility we may be able to reuse it, saving you some expense. If the crown or filling can't be saved, our team will work with you to determine the right solution to repair your tooth.

An abscess is an infection in the gums, teeth, or bone, which can become extremely painful. If you notice pain, redness, or pus in or around your tooth or gums, it may be a sign of an abscess. Typically, we will administer antibiotics to take care of the infection. Though we do everything to save your tooth, in some severe cases, an extraction may be necessary to preserve your oral health.

If your entire tooth has been knocked out or avulsed, tissue damage can result in the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. It's critical that you call us right away and arrive within 30 minutes of the accident, if possible, as the tooth must be replaced within an hour to have the best chance of saving it.

Holding the tooth by the crown, rinse it under warm water, insert it back into the socket, or hold it in your cheek pouch. Alternately, carry the tooth to us in a small container of milk or saliva. It's essential that you keep the tooth moist and never touch the root of the tooth. If we are unable to save your tooth, we provide various dental restoration options to repair the fullness of your smile.

Your Greenfield Emergency Dentist

At Kirkwood Dentistry, we hope you never experience a dental emergency of any kind. However, if you do, we're available to all our patients for emergency care. We are pleased to be your Greenfield emergency dentist, and our team also serves eastern Indianapolis, New Palestine, Mt. Vernon, and all of eastern Hancock County. You'll find our office on the corner of North and S.R. 9, near the intersection of S.R. 9 and 40. Call us today to schedule an appointment.



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