Your Experienced Emergency Dentist in Jonesboro, AR

Dental emergencies often occur suddenly and unexpectedly. While our team sincerely hopes that you never experience a dental emergency, we want you to be prepared so you can act fast and receive the treatment you need. While our virtual contact form is convenient, we recommend giving our office a call if you need to speak with an emergency dentist in Jonesboro, as we will be able to help you faster.

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Types of Emergency Dental Care

Are you or a loved one experiencing what you believe may be a dental emergency? We’ve outlined a few common dental emergencies that require prompt attention below. If you’re not sure whether or not your situation is an emergency, please contact us.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth was knocked out, carefully pick it up by the top and avoid touching the bottom of the tooth as much as possible. You can gently rinse it with water if it’s dirty, but handling the tooth as little as possible is always preferred. Keeping the tooth alive during transport is crucial, so we recommend either placing the tooth back in the socket and holding it there or putting it in a glass of milk or saliva while you get to our office as quickly as possible.

Severely Cracked or Broken Tooth

If one or more of your teeth are cracked or a piece of a tooth has broken off completely, gently rinse your mouth with warm water to cleanse the area. If the tooth is bleeding, you can apply some gentle pressure to it with a piece of clean cloth or gauze. If you’re experiencing swelling, use a cold compress (like ice wrapped in a washcloth) on the part of your face closest to the damaged tooth.

Severe Toothache

If you’re dealing with an aching tooth, you can rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse to cleanse the area and numb some of the discomfort. You can create this solution at home by combining a cup of warm (not hot) water with a teaspoon of table salt. Do not put any crushed-up pain medication near the area that’s aching as it could burn your gums. A toothache can sometimes cause swelling, and if this happens, you can apply a cold compress to the side of your face where the pain is coming from.

With any of these situations, it’s a good rule of thumb to first call your emergency dentist in Jonesboro so they can schedule an emergency visit for you as soon as possible or provide you with instructions you can follow at home. In many cases, the faster you get professional care for your problem, the less invasive and costly the treatments end up being.

About Our Emergency Dentists in Jonesboro, AR

To learn more about Dr. Langston and Dr. Wagner, visit our Team page. Whichever one you end up seeing for your prompt emergency dental care, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands. Don’t wait to see your emergency dentist in Jonesboro!

How can I avoid dental emergencies?

While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, like accidents that result in a broken tooth, there are things you can do to avoid needing emergency dental care. We recommend scheduling regular appointments with our team to have your teeth cleaned and examined, so we can help you reduce your risk for tooth decay and catch issues early. You will also want to avoid canceling or putting off treatments for long periods of time, as this can lead to minor issues developing into serious issues that require emergency treatment.

How can I be prepared for a dental emergency?

We always recommend that patients keep our practice phone number somewhere where it is easily accessible in case you need to call our office right away. It’s also a good idea to keep salt on hand in case you need to create a warm saltwater solution for a toothache or swollen gums. We also recommend keeping gauze in your first aid kit, which can be used to control bleeding and prevent bacteria from entering an open wound for both dental emergencies and non-dental emergencies.

Should I go to the emergency room or see an emergency dentist?

If you have an injury that is tooth, gum, or mouth-related, you will likely want to see an emergency dentist instead of heading to an emergency room. Dentists are specially trained to treat issues that occur in the mouth, whereas hospitals don’t typically have the tools or expertise required to do things like reattach teeth or treat dental abscesses. If you aren’t sure what you need to do, just give our office a call, and our team can help you decide what your next step should be.

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