Bridge Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dentistry

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Emergency Dentistry

At Bridge Dental Care, your Chattanooga dentist, Dr. Primesh Modi understands that families are often busy and fitting dental appointments – including emergency dental visits – into hectic schedules is essential to actually getting the care you need.

If you have a dental emergency, especially one that involves tooth, face, or jaw pain, we advise you to contact us right away. In most cases, if you call early enough in the day, we can treat you with a same-day dental emergency appointment. Dr. Modi even has Saturday appointments for those unexpected dental emergencies on the weekend.

Our office hours are:

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you have a dental emergency after hours, call our office telephone and follow the instructions. One of our helpful team members will be in touch with you shortly. We never want you to live with unnecessary tooth pain, which is why we stay flexible with emergency dental treatment.

Tooth pain, swelling, or a knocked-out tooth are emergent situations. Don’t hesitate to contact our Chattanooga dental office right away for peace of mind and a solution.

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.

Often, the pain due to a toothache or infection starts small and increases with time. If you have a toothache, swelling, or a broken tooth, it’s a good idea to give your Chattanooga emergency dentist a call. Dr. Primesh Modi is experienced in treating many common dental emergencies:

  • Broken tooth
  • Infection and swelling
  • Knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • Broken crown, filling, or dental bridge
  • Object lodged in the gums
  • Sports trauma
  • Car accidents

At Bridge Dental Care, we welcome dental emergencies and prioritize treatment – often treating painful dental emergencies on the same day to provide relief and get you back to your busy schedule.

In some cases, we can put off a dental emergency appointment until the next convenient time. Situations like a broken crown or filling could wait a day or two, but we don’t recommend that you go any longer than that before visiting our Chattanooga dental office for an exam. Leaving a tooth exposed could lead to decay, advanced fractures, split teeth, pain, or even a root canal infection that requires more complex treatment or even an extraction.

We understand that dental emergencies can feel painful. Our gentle dental team is here when you need us most. Give us a call if you notice changes to your oral health.

Dental x-rays provide the doctor with images of decay or tarter build-up between the teeth that cannot be seen by simply looking in the mouth. X-rays also identify infection and bone loss.


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