Emergency Care

Our dentists and clinic team members provide prompt assistance in all dental emergencies Monday through Saturday, accommodating the patient as quickly as possible to avoid prolonged pain and discomfort.

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The most common emergencies
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A decayed tooth, gum or dental pulp inflammation, periodontitis, gingivitis, and infections or abscesses are many of the possible reasons you may experience dental pain. You may have a dull to moderate ache or a throbbing or shooting pain, sometimes in your sinuses. You may only experience discomfort or moderate pain while chewing. But all of these symptoms are signs you should see your dentist at the Smile Center Family Dentistry. When you call the office, tell our friendly staff about your toothache or oral pain and we’ll schedule an appointment right away, If you’re in severe pain, we may…

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If you or your child experiences a trauma that leads to a lost tooth, it is first and foremost a surprise… and it’s a dental emergency. Whether it’s a sports injury, auto accident, or other accident, you may have had a tooth knocked out or dislodged, and it may also be extremely painful.  Even in the absence of pain, it’s a good idea to have teeth checked after facial trauma to detect any fissures or cracks below the gum line that might lead to infection to adjacent teeth and gums. Your dentist may be able to repair or replace your…

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Cracked teeth can occur from trauma or just from everyday use. They can be painful, but just as often cause no discomfort to you and are found by your dentist during regular checkups. Patients frequently feel an injury to a tooth while eating or exercising – through the underlying cause could have been lurking for some time. If you experience a broken or chipped or cracked tooth, you may feel sharp pain or shooting pain when eating or drinking, or even when cool air passes the injured tooth. If you or your child has chipped, cracked or broken a tooth,…

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If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’ve probably had a filling. Fillings today are made of advanced amalgams, but older fillings contained metals, including silver and mercury.  Older fillings may become loose or break apart, and the tooth will require dental restoration. Crowns, too, may become loose or completely separated from the root or implant. If the crown is lost or you have swallowed it, the crown will require replacement. Crowns and fillings are protection against further decay at cavity or implant sites. If you have a loose filling or crown, while typically not an emergency, you should give it…

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If you notice a little blood on your gums after brushing or flossing once or twice, it could be that you are brushing too hard or that you should use softer brushes or floss. But if you regularly notice blood, even just a drop or two, you should contact the Smile Center, as blood may be a sign of gum disease (gingivitis, periodontitis). Gum Disease Causes & Symptoms Bleeding gums or blood during and after brushing and flossing can result from vitamin deficiencies, side effects of medications including blood thinners, or as a result of serious medical conditions like diabetes,…

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Are you one of the 4 million people in the U.S. who are using braces to correct crooked teeth, close gaps or realign an over- or under-bite? One Orthodontic.org study revealed as much as 80% of teenagers will seek orthodontic care; however, there has been a recent resurgence in adults choosing to do the same. But no matter your age, braces do have a tendency to cause moderate to severe discomfort. This is especially true during the first several days after getting braces put on for the first time, and upon each tightening (usually every four to six weeks). Generally,…

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An abscessed tooth is an infection in the root of the tooth, often caused by untreated tooth decay. Abscesses present themselves in tooth and gum pain and visibly with pus-filled lumps or sores on the gums. An abscess is an infection, and therefore cannot be treated at home. It is a serious medical condition that must be treated by a dentist before the infection spreads, potentially compromising bone and causing extreme pain, even death in rare cases. Abscessed Tooth Indications & Symptoms The most visible indication of an abscess is a pocket of pus on the gums that may look…

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