Emergency Dental Care

We have the technology and the skill to relieve severe tooth pain quickly and effectively.

Sometimes, excruciating tooth pain can arise due to trauma or even seemingly out of nowhere. We feel that no one should have to endure this pain any longer than is necessary. This is why we offer emergency dental treatment to our patients. Whether you have injured your teeth in an accident or are suddenly hit with tooth pain or toothache, we can offer immediate relief.
As an emergency dental facility, we specialize in treating toothaches, severe oral pain, and other dental emergencies.

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We welcome the following:
  • Dental emergency walk-ins
  • New dental patient walk-ins
  • Last minute appointments
  • Next day dental appointments

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies requiring immediate treatment:

Sometimes a tooth will break as the result of a large or repeated fillings. The reason for this is that replacing large and successive filings requires removing portions of a tooth to such a degree that the tooth may break, or a filling may fall out.
An infected nerve or acute pulpitis is an inflammation of the pulp within a tooth, a condition brought on by tooth decay or trauma. Immediate dental care is necessary to alleviate pain if there is a change in air temperature.
In this case, infection of the root of a tooth can cause intermittent pain. Often, the tooth has a history of on again/off again pain. In addition to pain, symptoms include swelling of the gum line, swelling of the patient’s face, and in some cases, a loose tooth. Medication may temporarily reduce the pain; however, dental treatment will be necessary.Often times treatment is more successful when treated early.
With this type of abscess, food caught between the tooth and the gum can cause the gums to become infected. As a result, symptoms include swollen gums and bleeding.
Root canals, also called endodontic therapy, is a wonderful procedure when needed. It adds years of life to a damaged tooth. The central tenant of root canal therapy is removing diseased areas to allow the body to heal the infected area. During this treatment decreased pain and removal of bacteria are beneficial outcomes.
As a last resort or when a tooth has no other treatment choices, pulling a tooth can remove pain and infection. Exodontia, also called an extraction, is a process to remove the source of an infection. Upon removal of the offending tooth, the body and its natural defense mechanism typically allow resolution of the infection. In extreme cases, further follow up is required. An extraction is a definitive treatment and should be chosen wisely after a thorough exam.
As a result of pain or infection, from time to time, advanced procedures are required to relieve a toothache. While occasionally an antibiotic or a pain pill can help in alleviating pain caused by a tooth that is sick, a definitive treatment is necessary. Toothache treatments are typically centered around removing the infection. In most situation the infection is localized to the tooth and surrounding areas. By cleansing the areas surrounding the tooth, the infection will normally resolve. In order to clean the tooth and surrounding areas, our dentists will typically recommend an extraction or a root canal.

For more information, visit our Toothache Treatment page.
Additionally, there is never a good time to suffer a chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth. However, when such damage occurs at a particularly inopportune time—just prior to a social engagement or an important business meeting—it can have a detrimental effect on your professional or personal life. At Southern Smiles we will do whatever we can to accommodate patients in need of an urgent cosmetic procedure. While we may not be able to offer a permanent solution on short notice, a quick cosmetic fix, such as a temporary crown or veneer, or emergency tooth bonding, can help to conceal a damaged tooth at least in the short term. For a more permanent solution, we can arrange a future appointment with Dr. Krempa.

If you have a dental emergency, please call our office at (251) 344-0230

Testimonials

I had a broken tooth and needed emergency care. I was able to get in almost immediately. Dr. Krempa gave me more than one option as to the care and length of time it would take for each of the options provided. My tooth was fixed and I was on my way in a short amount of time. I have always had fears and pain with dental work from other dentists. This was the best experience I have had. I have found my new dental provider. From the time I walked in and was greeted with smiles, to the time I left, it was a great experience with everyone there.--Suzanne B.

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