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Emergency Dentist – Denison, IA

Expert Emergency Care
without the Wait

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We never want our patients to be in pain. At 32 & You, we have time set aside every day for your dental emergencies. We’ll evaluate your situation and get you in to see us as soon as possible. Whether it’s a broken tooth, knocked-out tooth, abscessed tooth, a toothache, or any other dental pain, we are here to help. We always welcome emergency patients from around the Denison area. We’re committed to providing the best dental care possible. Call our dental office and trusted emergency dentist in Denison, IA for more information. In the event of a life-threatening or medical emergency, please call 911.

Why Choose 32 & You for Your Emergency Dentist?

  • Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
  • Skilled Team with Decades of Experience
  • Much More Affordable Than ER or Urgent Care Clinic

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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If you wake up one morning with a searing toothache, or if you suddenly find yourself holding one of your own teeth, the next move you should make is to call our dental office. We’ll let you know if you need to come see us right away and offer first-aid tips so you can help yourself in the moment. Most dental emergencies fall into a few categories, and below, you’ll find what you should do between the time you call and come to see us at 32 & You.


Woman with toothache holding jaw

Start by thoroughly rinsing your mouth and flossing around the tooth to remove any food debris. If the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication and/or use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Do NOT use a sharp object to remove anything that is stuck between the teeth or place an aspirin directly on the gums (this is advice you’ll find on many sites).

Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Whether due to a sports injury or the result of accidentally biting into a popcorn kernel, you should try to gather up as many pieces of the tooth you can find, and be sure to bring them to our dental office. The remaining tooth may have a rough edge, and it should be covered with some sugarless gum to prevent it from accidentally injuring the lips or inside of the mouth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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Recover the tooth while AVOIDING the root, give it a gentle rinse (don’t clean or scrub it), and place it under your tongue. This will help keep the tooth alive until we can see you. To give us the best chance of replanting it, be sure to come see us within an hour or so of the initial incident. OTC medication and a cold compress can help manage any pain.

Abscessed Teeth

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An abscessed tooth means it has developed a severe infection, and common symptoms include swelling near a specific tooth as well as severe pain. You should contact us as quickly as possible if you suspect you or a loved one have an abscess, and an OTC medication can be taken to provide temporary relief.

Lost Filling/Crown

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Fillings and crowns wear down over time, and eventually, they can fall out altogether. Taking a bite of a particularly hard or sticky food can cause a restoration to break/dislodge as well. Try to place the restoration back onto your tooth, and if it won’t stay, some toothpaste or sugarless gum should help. This is a temporary fix, so be sure to come see us to get a proper repair!

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While our team is more than capable of treating dental emergencies, we’d prefer our patients avoid them in the first place, and we’re sure you feel the same way! You can keep yourself safe by:

  • Being VERY careful when eating sticky or hard foods
  • NOT chewing on items like pens, pencils, fingernails, popcorn kernels, etc.
  • Wearing a mouthguard every time you play sports
  • NOT using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Getting a dental emergency treated quickly is the best way to reduce any cost and pain associated with the injury. Simply waiting and trying to “tough it out” will only allow the problem to become worse, which may call for a more expensive procedure to address. To make this type of care more affordable, we’re happy to accept many dental insurance plans and also have flexible financing options.

Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you unsure about what you need to do during a dental emergency? You can’t afford to spend much time worrying when you have a damaged or lost tooth that needs attention right away, so take the time to familiarize yourself with some of the most common questions regarding emergency dentistry that our patients have brought to us in the past. We’re happy to help you if you have any other concerns.

What if Something is Stuck Between My Teeth?

A stuck piece of food may or may not turn into an emergency; it depends on whether you’re able to remove it safely by yourself. As soon as you notice your tooth pain, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in some water and use the solution to rinse your mouth. Floss afterwards to dislodge any debris that might be left over. If you’re still in pain afterwards or can’t seem to get rid of the object by yourself, call our dental office right away. Do not stick a toothpick or another sharp object between your teeth; even if that gets rid of a stuck piece of food, you may end up cutting your tongue or gums.

Is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canal therapy might be recommended in certain emergencies – specifically, when the pulp inside your tooth has been infected. Such a condition tends to cause severe amounts of discomfort, and it won’t go away no matter how much time passes; eventually, it will completely kill off the nerves inside the tooth and start to spread to the rest of the body. You probably will need a root canal if you’re suffering from a persistent toothache, but you won’t know for sure until after we’ve taken an X-ray of your jaw and thoroughly examined your mouth.

Does a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth Count as an Emergency?

Call us immediately if a baby tooth is lost for any reason other than falling out naturally. We need to determine whether the entire tooth has come out or if a portion of it was broken off beneath the gum line. We normally won’t implant the tooth, but if it will be some time before the underlying adult tooth erupts, your little one may need a dental device called a spacer to stop the remaining teeth from shifting into the gap. The good news is that in certain cases, it may be possible to simply act like the tooth had fallen out on its own.

Will Toothaches Go Away on Their Own?

There are certain medical problems that will simply disappear on their own thanks to your body’s natural healing processes. Toothaches, unfortunately, are not one of them. A healthy tooth should not cause you any pain under normal circumstances, and in most cases the pain will only get worse as time goes on. Medication can help you stay comfortable, but you will need treatment sooner rather than later. Many toothaches are connected to an infection, which will become more dangerous as time passes.