Bridge Dental Care

My tooth hurts, and my face is swollen. Is this a dental emergency?

In short, yes. We recommend you contact your Chattanooga emergency dentist immediately for an appointment. Swelling is typically an indication of an infection, which is often accompanied by pain. Leaving an active infection in your mouth not only puts you at risk for tooth loss, but also impacts the health of your body.

A toothache and swelling may indicate the need for root canal treatment. A common misconception about root canal therapy is that it is a painful procedure. In reality, root canal treatment almost instantly reduces pain in the tooth, jaw, and face, by removing the infection and bacteria and diseased tissue deep within the tooth. While it is common for your tooth to feel sensitive for a few days after the body’s natural healing process takes over, you should feel like yourself again in a few days to a week.

Any time you feel pain, it is your body’s way of alerting you of trouble that you should not ignore! If you do not yet have a dentist in the Chattanooga area, we welcome you to our practice. Bridge Dental Care works with many major insurance companies and offers financing options to eliminate the stress of budgeting your dental emergency and getting treatment when you need it most.

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COV-19 Update(5/5/20):

We are opening up all services at our office effective 5/6/2020.  We appreciate you for being patient with us as we navigate through this pandemic.  Before the pandemic started, we have always abided by the strict infection protocols .  We have implemented a few more additional safety measures for COV-19 to help minimize the risk of spreading the virus.  You will notice some differences for your appointment.  Here are some of the changes you will see:
  1. We will pre-screen all patients with a questionnaire.  We will call you before your appointment and then ask you again when you come in.
  2. We will take your temperatures at the time of checking in.
  3. We will be limiting access to the waiting room for patients and patient’s parent or legal guardian.  We are trying to minimize the number of people who may come in contact with one another in passing.
  4. Our waiting room will be devoid of reading materials, toys, etc.
  5. Appointments will be made to help decrease wait times and to allow for social distancing.
  6. We will have you rinsed with 1.5% Hydrogen Peroxide for one minute when you are seated.
We appreciate you helping us to adjust to these changes.  We want to ensure that our patients and our team are kept safe during these times.  Eventually, we will overcome this challenge and get back to some form of normalcy.  Thank you so much for being our patient and hope to see you soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (423)855-1400.
Cordially yours,

Bridge Dental Care Team