Emergency Dentist – Scottsdale, AZ

Immediate Dental Care with Long-Term Results

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At Shea Dental of Scottsdale, our team of experienced dentists understands that when dental emergencies happen, time is of the essence. This is why we offer same-day appointments so that you get the immediate dental care you need with the long-term results you deserve. From knocked-out teeth to lost dental crowns, our Scottsdale emergency dentists are equipped with the latest technology to deliver timely treatment you can count on. To learn more about our process, call our dental office today.

Why Choose Shea Dental of Scottsdale for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments Available
  • Sedation Dentistry Used If Necessary
  • Serving Residents in Scottsdale for 30+ Years

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Dentist and dental assistant treating a patient

Our team is ready to help the moment you call our office. When suffering a dental injury of any kind, we will work quickly to identify a time that you can come in to see Dr. Raiffe or another one of our skilled dentists. After listening to your concerns and evaluating the situation, we’ll provide first-aid tips you can use at home to minimize pain and protect your damaged smile until you reach our office.

When you arrive, you’ll be escorted to an operatory, where we will take digital images of your smile and perform a thorough examination to pinpoint the problem area. After reviewing our findings, we’ll begin to craft a treatment plan that incorporates how we expect to address the issue most comfortably and conveniently.

We’ll then begin to administer treatment so that you are no longer in pain and can walk out of our office with a healthier, damage-free smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

There are countless types of dental emergencies that you can sustain; however, you may be unaware if what you’re experiencing is worthy of a visit to your dentist’s office. Our team at Shea Dental of Scottsdale wants you to have peace of mind, which is why you will find a list of common dental injuries that we treat below. From learning how to care for the problem at home to how we will address it in our office, feel free to review the provided information and give us a call with any questions.

Toothaches

Chipped Tooth

Cracked Tooth

Very Sensitive Teeth

Are Very Sensitive Teeth a Dental Emergency?

Although tooth sensitivity can be unsettling and annoying, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a dental emergency on your hands. It could be that you have a cavity that needs to be treated before it becomes a full-blown toothache, or it could simply be a sign that your enamel is wearing thin in certain spots.

How You Should Handle Very Sensitive Teeth

Try to recognize what triggers your sensitivity. Does it only strike when you have something cold or hot? Does it ping when you eat something hard? If it advances to pain or makes eating too uncomfortable or difficult, it’s time to make an appointment.

How We Treat Very Sensitive Teeth 

If we find tooth decay on your sensitive tooth, we will remove the cavity, perhaps through root canal treatment. Afterward, we will place a dental crown to protect the tooth from future damage and infection. If your teeth are healthy, we may recommend using a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitivity.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Is My Knocked-Out Tooth a Dental Emergency?

Few things are as alarming as having a tooth come out completely, and it really is an urgent situation. You should definitely call our office right away and try to arrive within an hour of the injury for the best chances of re-implantation. There is a limited time in which the tooth can be saved, so you need to act fast!

How You Should Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth

When you pick up or touch the tooth, try to avoid contact with the root portion. Only touch the crown or top part of the tooth. After you gently rinse it off with clean water, you should at least try to put the tooth back into position. If it goes in, gently keep your upper and lower teeth together to hold it securely. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, please place it between your cheek and gums or in a container of milk.

How We Treat Knocked-Out Teeth 

Unless you’ve already done so, we will try to reposition the tooth in the socket. To stabilize it, we may put a splint in your mouth, which is an appliance that temporarily anchors the insecure tooth to the surrounding ones. Unfortunately, in some cases, we are unable to save it and must discuss replacement options, namely a dental bridge or implant, but rest assured that we will do everything we can to rescue the natural tooth.

Lost Filling or Crown

Is a Lost Filling or Crown a Dental Emergency?

Yes, losing a filling or crown qualifies as a dental emergency because the tooth underneath becomes more vulnerable to oral bacteria and infection. Plus, it can’t bite or chew as it should without the restoration. Therefore, if you experience this situation, you should call us immediately!

How You Should Handle a Lost Filling or Crown

After finding the filling or crown, gently rinse it with clean water, and put a small dab of toothpaste on it before placing it back onto the tooth. This will hold for a short while, but it is just a temporary solution. If you can’t find your restoration, you may cover your exposed tooth with some sugar-free gum.

How We Treat Lost Fillings or Crowns 

Although it’s uncommon, in certain scenarios, we may be able to reattach the filling or crown. Most of the time, however, the restoration is damaged or old enough that it needs to be replaced with a new one. After inspecting your tooth and your filling or crown, we can let you know which is the best option.

Broken Denture

Loose Permanent Tooth

Injury to the Gums, Lips, or Tongue

Jaw Pain

Something Stuck Between the Teeth

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Many patients who suffer dental emergencies often wonder if it’s worth visiting a dentist for help. They may be afraid of the potential cost of such treatment. What our team at Shea Dental of Scottsdale wants you to know is that it is always better to seek professional help than to forgo care and allow the problem to worsen. The cost of dental emergencies is never the same, so it is only once we can evaluate the issue that we will be able to provide a more thorough estimate for you to review.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Accidental impact with a ball or another person while playing sports is hard to prevent; however, cavities, gum disease, and infection are all dental problems that can be avoided. If you want to minimize your chances of spending time in the dentist’s chair for a dental emergency, consider these tips to lower your risk:

  • Practice good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Wear a customized mouthguard to reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and gums. One can be created for you if you are engaged in sports and/or if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
  • Eat healthy foods that are full of vital nutrients. A diet full of leafy greens, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and plenty of fruits and vegetables will prove beneficial not only for your smile but also for your body.
  • Give up unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Also, do not bite your fingernails or eat ice, as these, too, can damage your teeth.
  • Keep your six-month dental checkups and teeth cleanings with your dentist to ensure that your smile is properly cared for throughout the year and that no additional issues are forming that could hinder your overall well-being.

Same-Day Emergency Dental Care Available

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At Shea Dental of Scottsdale, we understand that dental emergencies never strike at a convenient time. Our team strives to be available when patients need us most, which is why we offer same-day emergency care so that dental pain can be relieved as quickly as possible. Please contact us if you’re in need of an emergency dentist in Scottsdale.