Emergencies can happen at any moment, and the trusted team at 5 Mile Smiles makes every effort possible to help and guide patients like you when one occurs. Led by Dr. Jason Keefe, 5 Mile Smiles is able to accommodate same-day emergency appointments and provide short-term relief and long-term solutions for unexpected injuries or other dental issues. Whether you have chipped a tooth or suffered a jaw injury due to a sports or automobile accident, you can count on the training, skill and experience of 5 Mile Smiles to remedy your pain and help you get on the road to a quick and safe recovery.
Dental Emergencies We Treat
- Dental abscess
- Knocked-out teeth
- Broken teeth
- Injuries to the gums, tongue, lips or cheeks
If you are unsure whether your symptoms qualify as a medical emergency, it is always best to err on the side of caution. Contact 5 Mile Smiles immediately so our dentist can diagnose the problem and determine the best course of treatment.
Dealing with Common Dental Emergencies
If you find yourself faced with an unexpected dental injury or issue, the most important thing to do is contact our office immediately so you can see Dr. Keefe. But there are a few steps you can take while you wait to receive medical attention that can make all the difference in losing or saving a tooth.
Severe and/or persistent toothache pain for several days is considered a dental emergency. Dr. Keefe can determine the source of your pain and a solution upon evaluating your symptoms. In the meantime, you can rinse out your mouth with warm water, and use dental floss to remove any food or debris stuck between the teeth. Do not put aspirin or topical pain medication on the teeth or gums.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Keefe as soon as possible. If needed, place a cold compress to keep swelling down.
It is possible for a knocked-out tooth to be re-implanted. However, the tooth must be in good condition. If possible, try to reposition the tooth back in its socket and bite down to keep it in place as you await medical attention. Handle the tooth by its crown and avoid touching the root. If you cannot position the tooth correctly, place it in a glass of water or milk, or between your cheeks and gums.
An abscess is an infection that can occur around the root of the tooth and may cause swelling and/or pus. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of the body. Contact your dentist immediately. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution to temporarily alleviate pain.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Any injuries on the lips, cheeks, tongue or gums, such as those caused by puncture wounds or lacerations, are considered to be a dental emergency. After you contact your dentist, you can try to rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution and place gauze on the site of bleeding. You can also place a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to alleviate pain and swelling.
If you experience a dental emergency, contact our Spokane office right away. Call (509) 326-2621.
“Always get me in quick if I have a dental emergency. Very friendly staff!!!!”
– Karen Clancy
“Great place! From the front desk ladies to the hygentists to the Dr, all caring people. They really take the time to attend to patients needs.”
– Sarah Maxwell
“I’m generally terrified of dentists. I came in for an emergency situation, and Dr. Keefe was gentle and did everything he could to help make me comfortable. I’m so glad I chose this dentist, and I’ll definitely come back for my dental care.“
“Great friend staff. I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and needed a lot of work. They are non judgemental and super easy to work. My first appointment they had to do an emergency crown and they fit me in right away and stayed late to finish the job.”