Emergency Dentistry

Dentistry can’t always be scheduled, sometimes the need for emergency dentistry services arise. When they do, we will work to restore your smile as quickly as possible so that you can put the pain and the injury behind you.

Rapid Relief for Dental Emergencies

When dental emergencies strike, immediate care is crucial. At River Valley Dentistry, we provide prompt, expert treatment to alleviate pain and address urgent dental issues. Our team is ready to help with any dental emergency—from severe toothaches and broken teeth to knocked-out teeth and infections.

Why Choose Us for Emergency Care?

  • Immediate Appointments: We offer same-day appointments to ensure you receive the urgent care you need without delay.
  • Expert Care: Our experienced dental professionals are equipped to handle all types of dental emergencies, using the latest techniques and technologies to manage pain and begin treatment fast.
  • Comprehensive Solutions: We don’t just address the immediate problem. We also provide follow-up care to prevent future issues and maintain your dental health.
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  • What is a dental emergency?

    There are various types of dental emergencies, such as sudden and severe toothaches, accidents causing chipped or cracked teeth, damaged or loose restorations, or lost or damaged teeth. Approximately 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. To determine if your situation is an emergency, consider the following questions:

    – Are you experiencing severe pain or swelling?

    – Do you have a persistent and painful toothache?

    – Is your tooth loose or knocked out?

    – Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face along with a toothache?

    – Are you suffering from extreme tooth sensitivity?

    – Is there uncontrolled bleeding from your mouth?

    – Have you injured your jaw?

    In general, any dental issue requiring immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This also includes severe infections that may be life-threatening and require contacting your dental office.

  • What is not a dental emergency?

    If you can manage the issue on your own for a few days without needing to see your dentist, it probably isn’t a dental emergency. For instance, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if it causes severe pain or has resulted in injury inside your mouth. Similarly, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait a few days before seeing your dentist.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    In case of a dental emergency, it’s best to contact your dentist. However, if the situation is extremely severe, you should go to the emergency room.

    Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there are some things you can do to ease your pain and help the situation:

    1. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.

    2. If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist.

    3. Try flossing to relieve gum pressure.

    4. Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area.

    5. Rinse with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria.

    6. Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain.

Need Emergency Dental Care? Contact Us Now!

Don’t wait in pain. Contact River Valley Dentistry immediately for emergency dental services. Call us now or visit one of our clinics; we’re prepared to take swift action to relieve your pain and remedy your dental issues.

Chattanooga, TN Office

125 Cherokee Blvd Ste 119
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 3:30 pm


(423) 875-0600

Ooltewah, TN Office

5958 Snow Hill Rd. Ste 124
Ooltewah, TN 37363
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Monday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 7am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm


(423) 803-4500

Signal Mountain, TN Office

809 Ridgeway Ave, Signal Mountain TN 37377
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Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday-Sunday: Closed


(423) 886-1160