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Emergency Dentist — Shepherdsville, KY

When Emergency Strikes, Put Your Trust in Us

Woman with a toothache in ShepherdsvilleDo you currently have one or more gaps in your smile where natural teeth once were? Even a single lost tooth can have big consequences for your oral health and quality of life. At Exceptional Dentistry, we often recommend dental implants as the best reconstructive option available today. Give us a call to learn more about how dental implants in Shepherdsville can rebuild your smile and improve your quality of life!

No matter how cautious someone is in their everyday life, they can still fall victim to serious dental injures or pain. Instead of calling 911, consider placing your trust in the hands of Exceptional Dentistry here in Shepherdsville. Our doctors and staff members have the advanced training and modern equipment needed to perform quality treatment at a moment’s notice, and we will get you in for an appointment as soon as we possibly can. Most of the time, we can even complete your emergency care in one visit.

Why Choose Exceptional Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Makes Accommodations for Same-Day Appointments
  • Accepts Walk-Ins for Emergency Patients
  • Affordable Financing Options Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Emergency dentist in Shepherdsville smiling at a patient

  • Same-day appointment: We’ll get you scheduled as soon as we can once you get in touch with our practice. During your call, we’ll take note of your symptoms as well as offer first-aid tips over the phone so you can manage your emergency before you arrive. We accept walk-ins and accommodate dental emergencies the same day they occur whenever we can, so don’t wait to call if you’re concerned.
  • Emergency exam: When you do arrive, one of our dentists will perform an emergency exam of your mouth to pinpoint the location and cause of your urgent symptoms. This process may include digital X-rays as well if needed. Our team will work quickly to get you out of discomfort right away.
  • Review findings: After discussing their findings with you, our dentists will recommend a specific treatment plan that highlights not just the services that will treat your emergency and prevent it from coming back, but the estimated length and costs associated with it.
  • Get the care you need: The care you receive can vary based on your needs, but the most common services used to treat dental emergencies include dental fillings, crowns, periodontal therapy, and root canal therapy.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

It’s not always easy to discern what is a dental emergency and what is not. Even if there is very little bleeding or no cuts, tears, or missing teeth, there can still be significant damage that needs to be checked sooner rather than later. For this reason, it’s best to give us a call just to be safe. In the meantime, here’s how you can manage your symptoms ahead of your appointment.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Diagram of tooth next to case for dental emergencies in Shepherdsville

Dr. Patrick Carroll wants you to be prepared should a dental emergency arise. Although the first instinct is to panic, he and his team at Exceptional Dentistry want you to take another approach – stay calm and call us as soon as possible. Not only can we work to get you an appointment, but we will walk you through what to do until you can reach our office. But before your next dental crisis, your emergency dentist in Shepherdsville wants you to review these frequently asked questions about dental emergencies so you feel better prepared in the future.

When Should I Go to the Hospital VS the Dentist?

Anytime there is serious trauma to the face (i.e. fractured or broken jaw) or you are experiencing problems with your breathing or swallowing, you should visit your local emergency room. Typically, most dental accidents can be treated by a dentist; it’s actually preferred. Whether your teeth are chipped, cracked, or knocked out, your dentist will be your greatest ally in treating the problem quickly. Offering emergency dentistry in Shepherdsville, our team is equipped to handle your situation with ease.

What Should I Do If I’m Traveling?

The first thing to remember is that dental emergencies don’t take a vacation, so while you and your family are enjoying your time at the beach, that nagging toothache can turn into something much more severe in no time at all. Should this happen to you, do not wait to seek treatment until you arrive home. It is best if you find a local dentist who can treat you at your current location. Once you are properly cared for, you’ll need to make sure you call us once you return home. If it is necessary, we will have you come in to ensure everything looks good and that no additional treatment is required. We will also want to update our records.

Is It an Emergency If My Child’s Baby Tooth is Knocked Out?

The baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually to make room for the permanent teeth. However, there is a difference between a tooth falling out naturally and being knocked out of the mouth due to an accident. If the latter happens, then we’ll need to examine your child’s jaw immediately to see if there are signs of a serious injury. In some cases, the child’s mouth will be okay, but we’ll still have to take steps to make sure that the rest of the teeth don’t drift into the now-empty space so that the permanent tooth can still erupt properly in the future.

How Can I Manage My Pain?

We can give you personalized tips for pain management when you call our office based on your situation. In some cases, it may help to apply Anbesol gel or another topical pain reliever to the gums around the area where dental pain is occurring. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can also help. (Aspirin should not be used due to the fact that it can cause a burning sensation if it touches the teeth or gums.) If there is swelling, you can apply ice to the area in set intervals. In many cases, it is possible to keep your pain at a tolerable level on your own; however, you should still visit our office as soon as possible so that we can address the issue that is causing your discomfort in the first place.

Will My Tooth Need to Be Removed?

While tooth extraction is a possible solution for infected or damaged teeth, it is usually only done when we’ve determined that it is the only viable way to protect your oral health. If we can still salvage the tooth with root canal therapy or reverse the damage done with a filling or crown, we’ll recommend these treatments first. That said, sometimes an infection is already too advanced to be stopped with root canal therapy, and some dental injuries are too severe to be fixed with a restoration. To minimize the chances of needing an extraction, we recommend that you protect your tooth from further damage until your appointment. For example, if you need to eat, you should not use your affected tooth or teeth for chewing.

How Long Will My Crown Stay in Place After I’ve Reattached It?

You can use a safe dental adhesive to reattach a lost crown, but it won’t last. Even if you’re as gentle as possible with your crown and only eat soft foods, it will probably only stay in place for a few days at most. The only way to permanently fix the problem is to have a dental professional evaluate the crown and determine whether it can be saved or if it needs to be replaced altogether.