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Whenever you need us, we’re here with the Desert Sky Dental Emergency Team

Unfortunately, accidents and injuries can happen and, in some cases, may require immediate attention. Below are some of the conditions that may require immediate attention and what you can do to kickstart your recovery.

Jump To Toothache/Pain Alleviate Pain Broken Tooth Root Canals FAQs Removal/Extractions FAQs


A toothache is a discomfort that continues for some time usually not an extremely strong pain originating either within the tooth or outside of one or more teeth.

It can be caused by injury, decay, infection, or something stuck between your teeth or the gum line. Due to the level of discomfort, people tend to ignore it but you should not hesitate to contact us. A tooth pain would generally be a much stronger, more sudden, and more difficult to ignore discomfort resulting from decay, injuries, and even a damaged oral appliance. If the pain is prolonged and severe, contact our office.

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What can I do to alleviate the pain of a toothache or tooth pain?

What can I do to alleviate the pain of a toothache or tooth pain?

While there can be many causes of a toothache or tooth pain, here are some things you can do right away to help relieve the pain and discomfort:

When teeth are knocked out or broken, immediate attention is required to ensure the injured tooth has the best possible chance of restoration. Contact our offices right away if such occurs.

What do I do if my tooth is knocked out/Broken?

Keep calm and take quick action. Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of a full recovery:

  • Carefully pick up the tooth by its crown and gently rinse with water if soiled. Do not dry.
  • If possible, reposition the tooth into the socket and hold it in place.
  • Always keep the tooth moist by keeping it in your mouth, in saliva, or in milk. You can also use water. Keep the tooth as hydrated as possible.
  • Call for a visit as soon as you can as there is a good chance the tooth can be saved if it is set back in the socket within an hour.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to temporarily alleviate the pain.
  • Time is imperative. Care should be sought within 1 hour of the injury.
  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water (or warm salt water if possible).
  • If bleeding, apply clean gauze. This should subside within 10 minutes.
  • Apply a cold compress to the skin near the injury to reduce swelling.
  • If possible, locate the tooth pieces and wrap them in damp gauze.
  • A loose crown should be kept clean and safe.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication or topical clove oil can be used to temporarily alleviate any pain
  • Contact us as soon as possible to repair the damage.

If the damaged tooth is sharp, you can go to your local pharmacy and pick up wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to cover the sharp edges until you can get them fixed.

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Root Canals FAQs

When the core of your tooth, known as the dental pulp, is damaged, a root canal procedure may be needed. In fact, some 15 million root canals are performed every year. While the damage is often detected early, sudden or persistent pain in the tooth, surrounding gums, or swelling may require quick action.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure performed by an endodontist in which the decayed dental pulp is removed, the canal is cleaned, reshaped, and sealed to help preserve your tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

You’ll be numbed for a root canal, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Some people experience pain after once the numbing has worn off, which can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

No matter what you’re experiencing, our dental team will look for all possible causes and solutions prior to any major procedure. Here are some of the signs that you may need a root canal:

  • Severe toothache
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness in the adjacent gums

Walk-Ins Accepted

We know that dental emergencies are often impossible to plan for. That’s why our Desert Sky Summerlin Emergency Dentistry team accepts walk-ins. Rest easy knowing our team is ready to assist you in whatever way we can, whenever you need it.

Removal/Extraction FAQs

Sometimes, tooth decay or infection can cause too much damage and require a tooth be removed. Luckily, there’s no need to go on with the pain or discomfort caused by these issues. We’ll do all we can to save your tooth, but if required, we will set you up as soon as possible to remove the affected tooth.

In the case of infected or decayed teeth that have not fully emerged, such as wisdom teeth, tooth extraction may be needed. In the case of severe pain, we’ll do all we can to help and get your extraction done as soon as possible.

How is tooth removal done?

Standard tooth removal of an exposed tooth is a relatively quick procedure that can be done with a local anesthetic. Using a specialized tool, your dentist will grip the tooth and use a gentle rocking method to remove the tooth from its socket.

How long does it take to recover from tooth removal?

While no two people are the same, tooth removal is considered a fairly minor procedure, and usually takes people off work for 1-4 days, depending on the level of physical activity needed for their job. Icing and over-the-counter pain medication are often all that is required. Your dentists will go over any questions you have and help ensure you recover in the expected time.

How do I know if I need a tooth removed?

Here are some of the signs that may indicate tooth removal is needed:

  • Tooth pain
  • Increased pain when chewing or biting
  • Stiffness or pain in the jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums disease

How is tooth extraction done?

The way tooth extraction is done depends on the number of teeth that need to be removed and how deeply they are in the gums. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be all that’s needed. In others, we may use general anesthesia.

With tooth extraction, the patient is numbed or put under, and the gum is cut to expose the affected tooth. This is then removed by your dentist (in some cases, by breaking it up), and a few stitches may be used to ensure proper healing.

How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

Your dentist will go over your expected recovery with you in detail and ensure you’re on the road to a speedy recovery. This can take 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the individual case. Pain medication, icing, and other means may be used to improve your recovery.

How do I know if I need a tooth extracted?

Here are some of the signs that may indicate tooth extraction is needed:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • InfectionDamage
  • Stiffness or pain in the jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums disease
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