Emergency Dental Services In Lewiston, ME

The team at Joy Family Dentistry, is dedicated to helping families get the dental services and care they need. That is why we provide Emergency Dental Services at our office in Lewiston Maine. If you or your child needs dental services as soon as possible, please feel free to give us a call to set up an immediate appointment.
"I had a dental emergency that Joy Dentistry responded quickly to in spite of the fact that I wasn't a regular patient. Dr. Shim was wonderful, the office staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. I highly recommend this practice and am so very happy that I found it!"
Tammie F.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

It can be difficult to know the difference between a dental emergency that requires immediate attention and a regular tooth ache that may simply require scheduling a dental appointment later this week. First off, if you or your child is experiencing any dental pain, we recommend making an appointment. Even if the pain goes away, the dental pain may be a sign of a larger oral health problem, and the sooner you can catch that, the better. In terms of dental emergencies here are a few examples of dental emergencies that require immediate attention. 

  • Cracked, Chipped, Or Broken Teeth
  • Knocked-Out Tooth or Sports Injuries
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Severe Toothaches
  • Loose or Lost Dental Fillings
  • Issues With Dental Bridges, Crowns, & Veneers

How To Handle A Lost Tooth

If you or your child loses an adult tooth (permanent tooth) there are a few things you need to do. First things first, make an emergency dental appointment right away. You should also follow the following steps to potentially save the tooth. 

1. Find the tooth. If treated quickly, dentists can actually place your tooth back in your mouth. So the first thing you should do is find the lost tooth, and pick it up by the crown (avoid touching the root). You will then want to rinse the tooth in a saline solution.

2. Place the tooth back in the socket or in a sterile solution. After sterilizing the tooth you can place it back in the socket and hold it in place using gauze or a clean washcloth as you travel to the emergency dentist. Alternatively, you can keep the tooth in a saline solution and bring it with you to the dentist.

3. If possible your emergency dentist may recommend re-implanting the tooth. However, if re-implanting is not possible, your dentist will recommend other restorative techniques.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective way to handle a lost adult tooth. If a tooth cannot be re-implanted your dentist may recommend an implant. This procedure falls under restorative dentistry because not only does it correct your smile, but replacing teeth is also important for tooth alignment and protecting your jaw from stress caused by an uneven bite.

Dental Bridges

Another option your dentist may recommend is a dental bridge. Dental bridges work by anchoring a false tooth to surrounding teeth. There are a variety of options when it comes to dental bridges that your dentist can discuss with you. Just like an implant, a bridge serves a dual purpose in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Call Us For Emergency Dental Services in Lewiston

Never hesitate to call if you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency. Our team of dentists and hygienists want to make sure that everyone in the Lewiston area has access to an emergency dentist that can quickly and effectively address any emergency issues.

Emergency Pediatric Dentistry

The team at Joy Family Dentistry handles teeth of all ages. Whether you are worried about your child, your teen, or yourself, we can help. We provide the same great dental care for patients of all ages, and would be happy to make an appointment for you.

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We really love everyone at Joy dentistry! Everyone in the office is always extremely nice and kind. I love that our children enjoy going to the dentist and are not scared.It was important to me to find a dentist office where not only myself, but also our children could have a positive dental experience.

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