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Emergency Dentistry

A traumatic, sudden injury to your teeth or gums can have serious repercussions on your appearance, your comfort, and your dental health.

Emergency dental care can restore your smile, reduce your pain and anxiety, and help you avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

The emergency dentists at Iroquois Dentistry in Nashville, TN, can help you resolve a dental emergency, often on the same day...

The Importance of Prompt Attention

Whether it happens to you or a loved one, a knocked-out or broken tooth, severe damage to your gums or cheeks, or severe dental pain all qualify as dental emergencies that should be treated right away. If you are suffering from any of these concerns, contact an emergency dentist at Iroquois Dentistry as soon as possible by calling (615) 298-2040.

Our experienced dentists can use the most advanced tools like laser dentistry and state-of-the-art 3D digital CEREC® scanners and software to turn a damaged smile into a healthy smile–often in one office visit.

Dental concerns can also leave you more vulnerable to infection and further damage if left untreated, resulting in higher treatment costs, more trips to the dentist, and longer recovery times.

We Prioritize Your Comfort

Dental emergencies are often incredibly painful. We offer sedation to relieve pain and keep you comfortable throughout your visit.

Emergency Dentistry: We're Always a Phone Call Away

The doctors at Iroquois Dentistry are available 24/7 for emergency dentistry visits. At least two doctors are on call and nearby at all times. You may need an emergency dentist if you have a chipped tooth, a broken tooth, or if you are experiencing extreme pain.

Emergency Dentists When You Need Them Most

If you are not sure whether or not you are experiencing an emergency and need emergency dental care, our team of skilled, compassionate dental professionals can help. Simply contact our Nashville, TN, dentist office, and one of our friendly staff will listen to the details of your situation. We can advise you as to whether you need immediate treatment or not. Our dentists will do everything they can to help you stay calm comfortable, and to see you as soon as possible, even if it's after hours or on a weekend. 

At Iroquois Dentistry, our dentists, K.B. Parkes, Gary Waltemath, Tyler Smith, and Karen S. Keenan, bring together patient-centered dental care and high-end technology to treat a wide range of dental emergencies. In many cases, we can schedule, diagnose, and treat patients on the same day. 

We've also made it easy to get in touch with an emergency dentist at Iroquois Dentistry. You can either contact us online or give us a call day or night. One of our expert dentists is always on call. Our practice has been helping the Nashville community enjoy superior oral health since 1946, especially in an emergency.

Call Us Today: (615) 298-2040 

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The Iroquois Dentistry team provides prompt, compassionate care.

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Great experience as a new patient. Loved my hygienist and very personable visit unlike my previous dentist that seemed more like a factory. So happy I switched!!

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Lovely new office, great parking with easy access. Top notch staff, and a great dental experience. You can't go wrong, the technicians and doctors are excellent.

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Did You Break a Front Tooth?  Conceal the Damage with a Same-Day Crown

In some cases, we can place a natural-looking,
customized crown using our on-site CEREC® milling machine. 

Concerned about Emergency
Treatment Costs?

Don't worry about money during a stressful time.
We accept many insurance plans and offer affordable financing through CareCredit® to make out-of-pocket costs easier on your budget, because you can not put a price on getting through an emergency.

What to Do When Dental Emergencies Occur

The general rule is that if you have ongoing pain in your mouth, including a serious toothache, you should seek emergency dental care from one of our highly trained dentists as soon as possible. These simple tips can help to keep you calm, clear-headed, and as comfortable as possible until you can visit us in person:

Missing tooth

Knocked-Out Tooth

If one or more of your teeth are knocked out due to an injury, you need to act quickly to give our dentists the best chance of re-implanting it. Avoid touching the tooth's roots and keep it moist by placing it in a baggie or container and covering it in milk or saliva. You can also try to put it back in place until you arrive at our state-of-the-art Nashville, TN, dental office.

Broken tooth

Broken Teeth

Although minor chips or cracks can be easily concealed by our dentists with dental bonding or porcelain veneers at your next appointment, serious breaks need immediate attention from an emergency dentist. If the damage is severe enough, the tooth may require a partial denture to restore it. To minimize pain on your way to our Nashville practice, rinse with warm water, apply an ice pack or take pain medication, and use gauze or a wet tea bag to stop and absorb bleeding. 

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Cracked Teeth

You need to see an emergency dentist if you crack a tooth. This injury is difficult to assess on your own since the tooth may look intact but hurt under pressure or feel extremely sensitive when you drink something hot or cold. Consistent tooth pain may also mean nerve damage has occurred or a nerve ending is exposed. Timely dental care can restore the tooth and protect your overall oral health.

Inflamed gums

Soft Tissue Injury

Due to the many blood vessels in your mouth, injuries to your tongue, lips, or cheeks usually heal very quickly. If you have experienced trauma to the inside of the mouth, rinse with salt water or hydrogen peroxide to clear out the blood so you can determine the severity of the injury. Apply pressure with a clean cloth, cold compress, or ice to reduce bleeding, swelling, and pain. Seek care from our emergency dentists if bleeding is severe, the cut is very deep, or there is a puncture through your lips. You may need antibiotics to prevent an infection.

Was One of Your Teeth Knocked Out? We Can Restore Your Health & Confidence

A knocked-out tooth can be extremely painful, damaging to your smile, and affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Our emergency dentists may be able to save your tooth by re-implanting it. If not, we provide traditional dental bridges and dental implants to complete your smile.
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Before A knocked-out tooth leaves a gap that can affect dental function.
After missing tooth
After A restored smile can protect your appearance and health.

Schedule an Emergency or Non-Urgent Appointment Choose from Three Simple Options

Call Our Practice

The quickest way to reach us is by phone. We can learn about your situation and advise you of your next steps.

Email Our Office

Messaging us is a good way to get answers to your questions, such as whether you require prompt care.

Request a Consultation

If you have a date and time in mind you'd like to visit us, you can simply fill out our online consultation form.

"Great facility. Outstanding staff and Doctors. Should be rated as best in Nashville." Donald Trotter - 2020

Broken Teeth Are Another Common Injury

A broken tooth is not only painful. In fact, this type of dental emergency could cause further damage to your smile and require more costly treatment without immediate intervention.
Broken tooth
This injury can also expose nerve endings, making the tooth extra sensitive to beverage temperatures and even breathing in cold air, as well as allowing bacteria to penetrate the enamel, resulting in an infection.

When Should I Go to the Hospital?

Extremely serious dental emergencies should be treated in a hospital emergency room. We may need to see you at our Nashville office in the following days in order to provide follow-up treatment or to examine how you are healing but if you have suffered an extremely traumatic injury to your mouth, please call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest hospital. These emergency scenarios include:

Dental Pain with High Fever

Adults with a serious toothache accompanied by a fever of 103°F or higher, or a child with a toothache and fever over 102.2°F, should receive immediate medical attention at a hospital before calling our practice. Please contact us when you can.

Severe Laceration

A deep oral laceration caused by an accident or sports injury that is bleeding profusely should be treated as soon as possible at a hospital as stitches and antibiotics may be needed.

Injury to the Jaw

Injuries to your jaw can knock it out of place or actually fracture it. These types of concerns can have serious repercussions and require the attention of a specialist.

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Staff is always friendly and professional.  Never have to wait.  Dr. Parkes is awesome.  Very knowledgeable but conservative and doesn't always try to sell you something.  Love the beautiful new facility!  Very high tech and thorough. Also like the background music!

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Great family Dental Office. New facilities will be opening in June 2020. They care for you and your family like you are part of theirs. Brand spanking new building. New staff, all with a smile on their faces.

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The team of dental professionals at Iroquois Dentistry

Iroquois Dentistry

Our top-rated dentists have been serving the Nashville community since 1946. We use the latest technology to offer gentle and effective care at affordable prices, and we are members of various national and local dental organizations: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Nashville Dental Society

To schedule a visit at Iroquois Dentistry, contact us online or call (615) 298-2040.

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