Emergency Dentist

For the safety of our staff and patients, Spokane Dental is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are here for patients with emergency dental needs. If you are experiencing a dental emergency or have a question, please call us and leave a message so we can get back to you. To assist our patients, here is some information about two of the most common dental emergencies:

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If you or a family member loses a permanent tooth, rinse off any debris and try to place the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. Then bite down on moistened gauze. Try to handle the tooth as little as possible. If unable to get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, or better a container of your saliva. Applying a cold, wet compress to the area can slow bleeding as well. Call us right away if you or a family member has a permanent (adult) tooth knocked out.

Toothache or Pain

If the toothache is bothersome but not severe, floss the area gently and rinse with warm water. Rinsing with warm salt water can be beneficial as well. If the pain is severe or lasting, call us and leave a message if we are unable to answer with your symptoms. It may be that you are suffering from a dental abscess, fractured tooth, or other dental emergency. Do not apply aspirin directly to the gums or soft tissue in the painful area, as this can severely burn the tissue. We can walk you through the next steps and help you determine whether you need to be seen or not.

We periodically check messages at the office, and Dr. Smith evaluates any calls with dental pain or problems. We are here for our patients despite this temporary suspension of normal clinic activity. We will re-open when it is recommended by the CDC, ADA, and government. For now, give us a call at 509-466-2373 with any questions or concerns.