Emergency Dental Care
Are you having a dental emergency?
Give us a call. We can help!
If you believe you are having a dental emergency, please get in touch with us immediately. Our office provides emergency dental services in Chattanooga and Ooltewah. If it is outside of our office hours or we were unable to answer the phone, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Emergency Dentist – Chattanooga
Phone: (423) 875-0600
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm, Friday: 7am – 3:30pm
Emergency Dentist – Ooltewah
Phone: (423) 803-4500
Office Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8am – 5pm, Thursday: 7am – 4pm, Friday: 8am – 5pm
Cost of a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies follow the same payment guidelines as normal dental practices. For a list of our accepted insurance providers, forms of payment, and all other payment information, visit our financial page.Insurance and Financial Information
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are any dental problems that need immediate treatment to stop bleeding, save a tooth, treat a severe infection, or alleviate severe pain. Severe infections or tooth abscesses can be life-threatening and you should call your dentist immediately. If your dentist is unavailable, see urgent care at your nearest medical facility.
If any of the following statements apply to you, you are having a dental emergency and should contact us immediately.
- I had a tooth knocked out.
- My tooth has been chipped or cracked.
- My mouth is bleeding and won’t stop.
- I’m in extreme pain or am experiencing severe swelling in my gums, mouth, or jaw.
- I have a toothache and swelling in my cheeks or face.
- My jaw is injured.
- My teeth are extremely sensitive and the sensitivity will not subside.
- My tooth is loose or out of alignment.
Home Care for Dental Emergencies
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
- Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), NOT by the root—do not touch the root.
- Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
- If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
- Contact your dentist right away—the faster you act, the more likely it is that your tooth will be able to be reimplanted.
What if my tooth is loose but still attached?
If you have a loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment, contact us right away to get an appointment setup as soon as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in its original position by very gently positioning the tooth with your fingers—do not force it. We will advise on if there is anything else you should do in the meantime, prior to your appointment.
What if I have a chipped or cracked tooth?
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, contact your dentist right away. Chipped teeth that aren’t painful can usually be smoothed out or filled in at a regular dental appointment. A cracked tooth typically indicates that there’s damage to the inside of the tooth, as well as the outside. If your tooth is cracked please follow these steps, after contacting your dentist.
How do I minimize tooth ache pain at home?
If you're hoping to minimize pain from a toothache, you can try the following home remedies:
- Saline rinse. Mix 1/2 tsp salt in a glass of warm water, rinse and gargle the mixture, then use mouthwash.
- Apply a cold compress on/near the area of pain.
- Use over-the-counter medication to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Teabags. Apply a cold or warm tea bag to your tooth–but tea can stain so don't use this method too often.
More Emergency Questions?
If left untreated, dental emergencies can lead to other serious health issues. Please get in touch with either of our offices right away if you have more questions about dental emergenciesContact River Valley Dentistry