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Emergency Dentist – Collierville, TN

Compassionate Care for Hurting Smiles

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Is your smile in pain? Perhaps an accident has left you with a broken or knocked-out tooth. Or maybe you’ve found yourself with a severe toothache. If so, you need to get urgent dental care right away to relieve your pain and restore your pearly whites. If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, you can rely on Dr. Joshua Holcomb for the support you need. He has a true passion for providing compassionate care for hurting smiles and provides a wide range of services to address nearly every oral health issue.  

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Typically, there are two types of dental emergencies. Some are brought about suddenly by an injury, while others develop over a prolonged period of poor oral hygiene. Whatever the case, there are a few things you can do to manage your symptoms. After you’ve given us a call, use these practical tips until you can reach our office.


Rinse your mouth out carefully and gently floss around the painful tooth to ensure your discomfort isn’t being caused by debris. You can use an ice pack or take over-the-counter pain medication for relief until you reach us. Depending on the cause of your toothache, we many be able to eliminate your discomfort quickly with a filling or root canal.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Collect as many pieces of your tooth as you can if there are any and bring them with you to your appointment. Rinse your mouth out and use an ice pack to control any swelling. If the broken tooth is sharp, placing sugarless gum or dental wax over it can protect your soft tissues. If we can’t repair the tooth with a crown or other treatment, we may need to extract it.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Only handle a knocked-out tooth by the crown—be very careful not to touch its roots! After rinsing it off with plain water, you can try to gently place the tooth back in its socket. If this can’t be done, keep it moist by storing it in a clean container filled with milk or saliva. The sooner you see us, the more likely successful reattachment is!

Lost Filling/Crown

If your dental crown is in good shape, you can wash it off and attempt to put it back in place. However, if your filling or crown is broken, its likely you’ll need a new one. To protect your exposed tooth from damage and decay until you reach our office, cover it with dental wax or a cotton ball.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While not every accident can be avoided, there are several precautions you can take to lower your risk of a dental emergency, like:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss daily.
  • Always wear a custom mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open bottles, packages, or containers of any sort.
  • Remember not to chew on hard objects like ice, pen caps, or your fingernails.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for routine checkups and preventive care.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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There are a variety of factors that determine how to best treat a dental emergency. Sometimes, it may be as simple as getting a prescription or filling. Other times, you may need a more complex treatment such as a root canal, tooth extraction, or replacement restoration. We’ll thoroughly evaluate your situation, explain which solutions we recommend to restore your oral health, and provide a personal, honest estimate of costs.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, Dr. Holcomb and his team are ready and waiting to offer compassionate care for hurting smiles. These situations are often overwhelming, so it’s important to know as much as possible about identifying them and handling them ahead of time. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dental emergencies below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

You will almost always save time, money, and hassle by visiting your trusted emergency dentist in Collierville instead of going straight to your local ER. Most emergency rooms and urgent care centers don’t have the specialized equipment or a dentist on staff in order to effectively deal with a dental emergency. More likely, they will prescribe you painkillers or antibiotics and tell you to visit a dentist.

However, you should go to the ER for uncontrollable oral bleeding, a broken or dislocated jaw, or swelling in the mouth that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe.

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

If you take the “wait-and-see” approach to seeking care for your toothache, you will likely regret it. This is because toothaches do not usually go away on their own. Instead, leaving a toothache untreated only allows the issue to get worse! For instance, your toothache may be caused by a small crack or a cavity. Not seeking treatment right away would allow the crack or cavity to get worse over time. Eventually, your tooth may need a crown, root canal, or extraction simply because you didn’t treat it with a filling earlier. If your toothache lasts for more than a day, please don’t wait to give us a call.

If My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt, Do I Still Need to Visit the Dentist?

Just because your chipped tooth isn’t causing you any discomfort doesn’t mean that you can neglect seeking care for it. After all, your teeth can’t repair themselves like the rest of your body. This not only means that your tooth won’t grow back over time, but the damage can potentially get worse. The chip could become larger and compromise the inner layers of your tooth, which could become infected and require a root canal. If you chip a tooth, you should see us in a timely manner so we can restore its appearance and prevent the damage from getting worse.

What Does Chronic Bad Breath Mean?

Everyone suffers from bad breath from time to time, but chronic bad breath could be a warning sign. If your breath still seems less-than-fresh no matter how often you brush and floss, you may be headed for a dental emergency. Lingering bacteria or decay are often the culprits behind this stubborn scent, which could be periodontal disease or a dental abscess. These conditions can cause permanent damage to your smile and impose on your overall health, so it’s important to diagnose and treat them right away. If you’re concerned about your chronic bad breath, call us right away!