Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Smiles for Life Family Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Las Vegas, NV

You can’t plan for a dental emergency, but you can make sure you have the right dentist in your corner when one happens. John Quinn, DMD, and the compassionate dentists at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry understand that dental emergencies require immediate treatment from an experienced professional. At their office in Las Vegas, Nevada, the team can evaluate and treat a variety of dental emergencies, including knocked-out teeth and sudden tooth infections. For more information, call Smiles for Life Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any injury or trauma that requires immediate treatment and cannot wait for regular business hours. While there are many types of dental emergencies, some of the most common that Smiles for Life Family Dentistry treats are:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Tooth infection
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Trauma to the mouth or jaw
  • Sudden sensitivity to heat and cold

Whether you’re hit in the mouth while playing sports or you suddenly have loose teeth, Smiles for Life Family Dentistry can restore your smile.

What are the dental emergency warning signs?

If you think you have a dental emergency, watch out for these common warning signs:


Facial swelling is a sign of infection, injury, or dental abscess. While the problem can be as simple as a piece of food stuck between your teeth and gums, it may also indicate a serious disease like oral cancer. If your face or jaw is suddenly swelling, call Smiles for Life Family Dentistry right away.

Loose teeth

While loose teeth are perfectly normal for children, you should never have a wiggly tooth as an adult. Shifting or loose teeth require immediate attention, as you may have a tooth injury, advanced gum disease, or a localized tooth infection.

Tooth pain

Not all toothaches require emergency care, but when over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers simply aren’t cutting it, you may have a serious tooth infection. Without immediate treatment, a tooth infection can spread throughout your body and become life-threatening.

Canker sores

If you have a lingering canker sore that hasn’t subsided after several weeks, it may be infected.

Metallic taste

Are you suddenly tasting metal all the time? If so, you may have a loose metal filling. While this may not seem like an emergency, loose fillings leave your teeth vulnerable to infections and cavities.

How should I handle a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, call Smiles for Life Family Dentistry to schedule an immediate appointment. In the meantime, there are several ways to preserve your teeth depending on your situation:

Knocked-out tooth

You can preserve a knocked-out tooth by rinsing it with clean water and gently returning it to the socket. If you can’t place it back in the socket, put the tooth in a small container with milk or saliva to keep it moist.

Loose tooth

If you’re afraid that your loose tooth is about to fall out, avoid wiggling or touching it. For extra support, gently hold it in place with a sterile piece of gauze.

Cracked or broken tooth

Unless your tooth is bleeding, you should avoid touching it until your dentist assesses the damage. 

Smiles for Life Family Dentistry has a team of dentists you can trust to take care of your smile in a dental emergency. Call the office or schedule a visit online for more information.