Dental Emergencies

Our Emergency Dentist in Salt Lake City

A dental emergency can turn a perfect day into a bad memory. At Signature Smiles, we want to get you out of pain and back to enjoying your day. We are passionate about protecting your smile, so we provide comprehensive dental care, including emergency dental services in Taylorsville.

Our office is committed to giving you quality dental care when you need it most. We welcome all ages, and you can trust that we will treat you with compassion and respect, regardless of the situation that led to the dental emergency. Contact us today to learn more about our emergency dental services.


Do I Need Emergency Dental Services?

Some situations are clear emergencies because there's obvious pain or trauma. However, some signs don't include pain but still indicate that you need emergency dental care. If you're not sure whether you should visit our emergency dentist in Taylorsville, contact our office, and our friendly team will determine the next steps necessary to protect your smile. Here are some common signs that you need emergency dental services:

  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Graying of a tooth
  • Puss along the gumline
  • Broken or missing dental restoration
  • Pain in the tooth or jaw
  • Abscess at the base of a tooth
  • Broken or knocked-out (avulsed) tooth

Our Emergency Dentist's Protocol

We understand that when a dental emergency strikes, you want to get help as soon as possible. That's why we offer same-day appointments when you call our emergency dentist during business hours. If your dental emergency occurs outside our normal operating hours, simply call our office and follow the prompts. If you are a patient of record, our dentist will connect with you and provide the information and help you need. For new patients, we will call you back the next day and schedule your emergency appointment.

What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

Emergencies can cause anxiety because you feel unprepared or unsure of what you should do. That's why we provide helpful tips and information to empower you with the knowledge you need to address the immediate problem until you can make it to our dental office, where our emergency dentist will take over and provide treatment. Here are some valuable steps you can take immediately after a dental emergency occurs:

  • Broken or Avulsed Tooth: Gently pick up the pieces or whole tooth. You should only touch the crown and not the root of the tooth. Rinse the tooth in room temperature water to remove any debris, dirt, and bacteria, and swish water around your mouth to clean the site. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or saline solution and bring it to your emergency dental appointment, and our dentist will try to restore your natural tooth.
  • Bleeding Gums: If your gums are bleeding, place clean gauze over the site and gently bite to apply enough pressure to hold it in place. Visit our emergency dentist immediately and we'll determine the source of the blood and how to address the issue.
  • Pain in the Tooth or Jaw: Pain in your jaw or tooth can make eating, speaking, and swallowing unbearable. Wrap a cold compress in a soft, clean towel and gently apply it near the source of the pain. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever until your emergency dental appointment.
  • Broken or Missing Dental Restoration: A broken or missing dental restoration must be replaced as soon as possible because it protects a compromised tooth. If you can find your restoration, rinse it in room temperature water to remove dirt, debris, or bacteria, place it in a container, and bring it to the emergency appointment. If the restoration is broken, apply dental wax to the remaining crown or bridge so the sharp edges don't irritate or cut the inside of your cheeks, lips, or tongue.

Emergency Dental Care FAQs

Every emergency is different and will require individualized care. Our emergency dentist creates a custom treatment plan to restore your oral health and is happy to answer your questions and concerns. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about emergency dental care in Taylorsville:

Do you offer emergency root canal therapy?

Yes. We offer emergency root canal therapy to stop the infection from spreading and get you out of pain.

Yes. If your natural teeth can't be saved, then we offer custom traditional and implant-supported dental restorations.

If a hospital doesn't have a dentist on call when you visit, they may refer you to an emergency dentist. You can save time and money by visiting our emergency dentist.

Emergency Dental Care in Taylorsville

Knowing what to do in an emergency can help alleviate some of the stress of the unexpected. At Signature Smiles, our emergency dentist in Taylorsville is here to get you out of pain and restore a healthy, beautiful smile. Our extensive training, education, and comprehensive services have led to state-wide recognition, but earning your trust and protecting your smile is our passion. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.



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