Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Dentist in Brentwood, TN
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us at (615) 377-6306 for a same-day appointment. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM – 4PM. In the event that we are unable to answer the phone, kindly leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Cost of a Dental Emergency
In the event of a dental emergency, we follow the same payment guidelines as those seen for any other procedure. To view a comprehensive list of our accepted insurance providers, forms of payment, and other pertinent payment information, please visit our financial page.Financial and Insurance Information
What is a Dental Emergency?
Time is of the essence when it comes to dental emergencies. Such emergencies can include, but are not limited to, severe bleeding, the need to save a tooth, a severe infection, or unbearable pain. If you experience any of these issues, you should contact Hallmark Dental right away. If we are not available, seek care at the nearest medical facility as soon as possible. Severe infections, such as a tooth abscess, can be life-threatening, so it is important to address the situation as quickly as possible.
If any of the following statements apply to you, you are having a dental emergency and should contact us immediately.
- I have a tooth knocked out.
- My tooth has been chipped or cracked.
- My mouth is bleeding and won’t stop.
- I’m in extreme pain or am experiencing severe swelling in my gums, mouth, or jaw.
- I have a toothache and swelling in my cheeks or face.
- My jaw is injured.
- My teeth are extremely sensitive and the sensitivity will not subside.
- My tooth is loose or out of alignment.
Home Care for Dental Emergencies
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
- Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), NOT by the root—do not touch the root.
- Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
- If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
- Contact your dentist right away—the faster you act, the more likely it is that your tooth will be able to be reimplanted.
What if my tooth is loose but still attached?
If you notice a loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment, don't hesitate to get in touch with us to schedule an appointment. You can try to reposition the tooth carefully with your fingers, but do not apply any force. We'll provide further guidance on what to do before your appointment.
What if I have a chipped or cracked tooth?
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, contact your dentist right away. Chipped teeth that aren’t painful can usually be smoothed out or filled in at a regular dental appointment. A cracked tooth typically indicates that there’s damage to the inside of the tooth, as well as the outside. If your tooth is cracked please follow these steps, after contacting your dentist.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling
- Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) to alleviate pain
- Do NOT apply any pain medication—including Orajel—directly to the gums, as it can damage gum tissue