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Emergency Dentistry in Russell, KY

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Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry provides emergency dentistry services in Russell, KY. To schedule a prompt appointment with Dr. Arnold or learn more about our services, please call our office at (606) 836-6022.

What Is Emergency Dentistry?

Some dental problems cannot wait for an appointment scheduled days or weeks in advance. If you suffer an accident, injury, infection, or knock out a tooth, you need to know where to turn. Fortunately, many dentists, including Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry, offer prompt appointments for such issues.

Why Choose Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry?

You can trust our practice to provide excellent care in a friendly, welcoming setting. Whether your problem is urgent or you can wait for a scheduled appointment, our team can restore your comfort and protect your smile. Dr. Arnold has over 30 years of experience in private practice, and she has handled many urgent dental problems.

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Urgent Dental Emergencies

  • Severe Toothache: If a toothache is so severe that you cannot eat, sleep, or relax, you need quick attention. Your tooth may need a root canal or extraction.
  • Broken Tooth or Large Crack or Chip: A break in your tooth may expose the pulp chamber, leading to pain and infection. A root canal often stabilizes these teeth.
  • Dental Abscess: An abscess is a dental infection often characterized by a pimple-like swelling on the gums. You may also have a fever or feel generally unwell.
  • Loose Permanent Tooth: Adult teeth should never be loose. If you have a mobile tooth, call us as soon as possible.

Non-Urgent Dental Emergencies

  • Lost Crowns, Bridges, or Fillings: If you lose a restoration, it is not a true emergency unless it is causing you severe pain. Save what you can from the restoration and make an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Food Stuck Between Teeth: If you experience discomfort with food stuck between your teeth, try flossing and rinsing with warm water. If this doesn't work, you may need help from a dentist.
  • Small Crack or Chip in Tooth: If you have a minor chip or crack, you may be able to wait until a regular appointment.
  • Dull Toothache: If your toothache is not severe, make an appointment as soon as possible, but watch it for worsening pain.

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dentistry

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?
If you knock out a tooth, the first thing you should do is locate and save it. Holding the tooth by the crown only, rinse it gently with lukewarm water and place it in a small cup of milk or saliva. If you leave the tooth to dry out, it may crack. You can also try gently replanting it in the socket. See the dentist as soon as possible.
When is tooth pain an emergency?
Any time that you can't go about your daily activities due to pain, you should strongly consider seeing a dentist on an emergency basis.
Why should I see a dentist right away for an emergency instead of waiting for my next scheduled appointment?
The longer you wait to have a severe dental issue addressed, the more discomfort you will feel, and the more likely you will have a costly fix to contend with. If you suffer from a high fever or other signs of a severe infection, you may need to visit the emergency room first.
How do you fix a broken tooth?
Often, a root canal and crown can repair and preserve a natural tooth. However, if the tooth is broken below the gumline or vertically split, it may need extraction.
How can I help myself feel better while waiting to see the dentist?
Take over-the-counter medication for pain. You can also put an ice pack on your face to help with pain and swelling.
When should I go to the emergency room before seeing a dentist?
If you have severe bleeding, broken bones, facial trauma, or extreme pain, see the emergency room or call 911 first before seeing the dentist.

Call Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry

If your dental problem cannot wait for a regularly scheduled appointment, please call our Russell, KY, office at (606) 836-6022. We will do our best to fit you in during regular office hours.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Dr. Kim Arnold Family Dentistry
850 Diederich Blvd.
Russell, KY 41169