Emergency Dentistry

Dental issues can arise unexpectedly, and scheduling appointments in advance is not always possible. In emergency dentistry, our team will strive to restore your smile as soon as possible so you can put the pain and injury behind you.

Your Trusted Emergency Dentist In Nashville, TN

We understand how distressing a dental emergency can be. Whether it’s due to oral trauma or an unexplained toothache, you want fast relief. However, there may be better solutions than a trip to the emergency room. At Vitality Dental, we offer a range of emergency dentistry treatments, including root canals, repair of lost or loose filling, and treatment of painful infections. We hope you never have to use our emergency dentistry services, but if you require immediate attention, rest assured that our team will treat you with the care and compassion you need during this difficult time. We will do our best to make room in our schedule to see you the same day. Please consider us your go-to place for emergency dentistry in Nashville, TN.

PLEASE NOTE that if you experience neck or head pain, uncontrolled bleeding, dizziness, or severe trauma, please call 911 or go to the nearest medical facility for immediate medical attention. Medical personnel are better equipped to help you with such symptoms.

woman sitting in exam chair holding tooth in pain
  • What is a dental emergency?

    Dental emergencies can take various forms, such as a sudden and severe toothache, a chipped or cracked tooth caused by an accident, a damaged or loose restoration, or a lost or damaged tooth. To determine if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Are you experiencing severe pain or swelling?
    • Do you have a persistent and painful toothache?
    • Is one of your teeth loose or knocked out?
    • Are you feeling swelling in your cheeks or face along with a toothache?
    • Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
    • Do you have bleeding from the mouth that won’t stop?
    • Is your jaw injured?

    Generally, any dental problem requiring immediate treatment to stop bleeding, relieve severe pain, or save a tooth is an emergency. This also includes severe infections that may be life-threatening and need professional care as soon as possible.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    If you have a dental emergency, the best action is to contact your dentist. However, if the issue is too severe or outside regular office hours, you should head to the nearest emergency room.

    Depending on the type of dental emergency you are experiencing, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain and help the situation. Here are a few things you can try:

    • Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
    • Try flossing to relieve any gum pressure.
    • Use a cold compress on the swollen or painful area.
    • Rinse with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to eliminate bacteria.
    • Take over-the-counter pain medication to ease the pain.
  • What should I do if I have a knocked out tooth?

    If you have lost a tooth, it is essential to handle it with care to ensure that it can be put back in place. Here are the steps you should follow:

    1. Don’t touch the roots or top of the tooth. The roots of your teeth are delicate, so you should only pick up and handle the lost tooth by the sides and chewing surface.
    2. Clean the tooth gently. You can use water or milk to rinse the tooth gently, but do not try to rub, scrub, dry off, or use soaps or chemicals to clean it.
    3. Put the tooth back in the socket, if possible. Once you have gently cleaned it, try to gently replace the tooth, handling only the sides and bottom. You can softly bite down once it is back in place to keep it there. Make sure the tooth is oriented correctly and not backward. Do not force it if it won’t fit properly.
    4. If you can’t put it back, keep it moist. Placing the tooth in a glass of milk is a good option. Alternatively, you can hold the tooth between your gums and cheek, but this should not be done with younger children who could swallow the tooth. Do not use tap water to soak a knocked-out tooth because it could damage the roots. If you don’t have cow’s milk and can’t hold your tooth in its socket or your cheek, spitting into a container and soaking the tooth in saliva is the next best option.
    5. Call the dentist. Getting to a dentist as quickly as possible is critical. It is possible to reattach a tooth an hour or more after it has been knocked out, but the sooner you can see a dentist, the better the chances are of reattaching it.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about emergency dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Vitality Dental

2708 Old Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
View Map


Monday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed



Email Address