Smiles for Life Family Dentistry

Emergency Dentist

There is never a right time for an emergency. When they do occur, it is important to get the immediate treatment you need. At Smiles for Life, we are here to help you through those moments.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

It’s never a wise choice to ignore the pain in your mouth. The discomfort will either continue or return at a later stage. Addressing the problem promptly allows you to treat a problem before it becomes a bigger issue. Our team treats common dental emergencies including:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Cracked, broken or chipped teeth
  • Trauma to the teeth or jaw
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Heightened sensitivity to heat and cold

It is vital to watch out for these signs to prevent an emergency from occurring:


Swelling is a sign from the body that something is not right. It may seem minor but can actually lead to severe consequences if untreated. It may be as simple as food stuck between the teeth and gums, or it may be as serious as a cyst, infection and even oral cancer causing the swelling. In any event, the best possible solution is to contact your dentist at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry and have the swelling checked out.


We instinctively know that pain means something is wrong, that’s what nature designed it for. Many people with tooth pain simply take Ibuprofen or Aspirin and think they can “ride it out” and that the pain will go away. This could be very dangerous! Your teeth, gums and jaw may be infected which can spread throughout the body and be life-threatening. Seeing your dentist immediately is essential if you are experiencing tooth pain.

Stay Calm!

The pain may feel unbearable, but staying calm and trusting a professional with the care of your teeth is best. At Smiles for Life, dental emergencies are our bread and butter, and we’re confident that your teeth can be saved if treated in time. Just call or come on over! And remember, it’s important to see a dentist within 12 hours of the incident. Waste no time!

Relieve Your Pain

You’re in pain, but you don’t have to stay that way. Aspirin and Ibuprofen will help reduce swelling and using ice externally will relieve pain until you’re able to see a dentist. Just avoid using anything that will numb your mouth, especially at the point of injury. Numbing could lead to further damage and injury as you may not be as careful due to the desensitization.

Certain injuries will require different treatment from your doctor. But you can also take different precautions to increase the chances of saving your tooth.

Loose Teeth: Any loose tooth is a greater emergency than you may think. Loose teeth invite infection and harsh toothaches. They may be an indication of a greater problem, like periodontal disease. And left untreated, they may eventually fall out. Avoid touching or wiggling the loose tooth with your tongue. If you’re afraid the tooth may fall out, lightly hold it in place with a sterile bandage.

Dental Avulsion: Knocked out teeth can be troubling, but as long as the tooth is preserved it can be treated. Rinse the tooth with water and try to return it to the socket. If you can’t, keep it in a small container or bag with your own saliva or milk. Whatever you do, don’t let it dry out.

Cracked & Broken Teeth: Any damaged tooth is incredibly painful if the nerve pulp is left exposed. It’s best to avoid eating and drinking as hot or cold substances will likely cause sensitivity. If there is bleeding around the tooth, a sterile gauze can be applied, but otherwise minimal external contact is encouraged.

What can You do at Home, When Your Tooth or Teeth are Knocked Out:

•Contact us immediately to fix an emergency appointment.

•Avoid handling the tooth by the roots. This can damage the cells that are required for reattachment. If you need to handle the broken tooth, touch it at the crown.

•Rinse the broken tooth in warm water gently but avoid scrubbing. This will remove the dirt particles if any.

•Keep the clean tooth in the socket if possible to avoid it from being dried out completely. This will help keep it moist.

•If not possible to place the tooth in the socket, wrap it in gauze or clean cloth and put it in saliva or milk.

If Your Tooth is out of Position

Use very light pressure from your finger to try and reposition the misaligned tooth. Bite down to prevent it from moving out of position. Get in touch with us immediately!

For a Fractured Tooth

•Use warm water to rinse your fractured tooth gently

•Place a cold compress or ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.

•Take acetaminophen for pain and avoid using aspirin.

•Contact us immediately

A tooth can also be traumatized as a result of fractures which can be minor, moderate or severe. Any type of trauma can be best treated immediately at our Smiles for Life family dentistry center. Our expert dentists can determine if composite restoration is needed or the tooth can just be left alone to heal on its own in case of a minor fracture.

Moderate to severe fractures can result in damage to the live tissues and nerves inside the tooth beside the dentin and outer enamel. At Smiles for Life, we have the right dental professionals and cutting-edge technology to restore the damaged teeth using a permanent crown or other restoration methods. Our experts can help preserve the tissues and enamel with further treatment as required.

Being Prepared

If you play rough contact sports or regularly indulge in physical activities that have a high risk of falls or injuries, it is better to be prepared for dental emergencies.

Pack the following into a small kit and always carry them with you:

  • Container with lid
  • Contact number of Smiles for Life
  • Acetaminophen
  • Clean Gauze
  • Clean cloth or handkerchief
  • Ice packs if possible

Trust the Professionals at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry

Smiles for Life is the preferred destination for dental emergencies in Las Vegas. With the latest in technology including same day CEREC, 3D imaging, digital radiography and CT imaging, we reduce the unpleasant and agonizing waiting time. Faster and accurate diagnosis and treatment make all the difference when it comes to emergency dental issues.

We have a team of highly trained dental professionals who are extremely well versed when it comes to emergency dentistry. When every second counts, trusting our experts is the best way to preserve the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth. With our in-house laboratory, there is no need for you to wait for a permanent crown or any other dental treatment. Our experts will also advise on what options exist for replacing broken or missing teeth in case the original tooth cannot be saved. With wide-ranging options, all available under one roof including implant supported restorations, Invisalign and metal free restorations, Smiles for Life is your one-stop shop for all dental emergencies.

It’s important to see an emergency dentist within 12 hours of your injury. Smiles for Life would love to help you get out of pain. If you’ve suffered a dental injury or are dealing with a dental emergency call immediately for help.

The team of dental professionals at Smiles for Life have treated many unique dental emergencies and know how best to accommodate each situation. We will address your pain and treat your injury so you can get back to your life!