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Emergency Dentistry – Corbin, KY

Helping Our Patients When They Need Us The Most

Are you an existing patient of ours dealing with a dental emergency? Whether you just experienced oral trauma and broke a tooth or you developed a toothache out of nowhere, don’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted dental home, Corbin Family Dental Care. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible to help get you out of pain and provide you with over-the-phone first aid guidance to minimize any additional damage to your mouth.

Why Choose Corbin Family Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Fast, Expert Emergency Dentistry for Existing Patients
  • Dentist Trained to Provide IV Sedation
  • We See Patients of All Ages

Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma

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Broken and knocked-out teeth are very common for patients of all ages, especially those who participate in sports or often chew on hard items (such as ice, pens, or popcorn kernels). If you’re currently dealing with a damaged tooth, take the following steps:

  • Contact our office right away if you’re an existing patient.
  • Try to recover as much of the tooth as you can.
  • Rinse the tooth gently with water, then try to place it back into its socket until you can make it to our office.
  • If this isn’t possible, put it in a container of milk or saltwater to keep it viable.

Dental Emergencies Due to Untreated Oral Health Problems

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Teeth can often develop a lot of pain or sensitivity if an infection has reached the inner dental pulp, which is where the delicate nerve of a tooth is located. To get help for a severe toothache, make sure you:

  • Contact our office if you’re an existing patient.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Lightly floss around the tooth to make sure the pain isn’t being caused by something stuck next to it.
  • Place a cold compress on the face or take an OTC medication to help lessen any pain.

Our Team is Here to Help!

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Dr. Katherine Whitaker is exactly the type of person you want to see in the middle of a dental emergency. As a dentist with over seven years of experience and a mother of two, she knows exactly how to bring calm to even the most stressful situation. She and our team work quickly and effectively to help get patients out of pain as soon as possible. And, to help even the most anxious patient relax, she’s the only dentist in a 40-mile radius who is trained to provide soothing IV sedation.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Do you still have questions about what you should do in the case of a dental emergency in Corbin? When you contact our team of professionals at Corbin Family Dental Care, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and be with you through every step of the way. For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.

I’m in so much pain that I’m scared to be treated. How can an emergency dentist help?

At Corbin Family Dental Care, one of our first priorities is the comfort and safety of our patients. Dental emergencies are stressful and oftentimes painful, which is why we offer several sedation options to help you feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as you reach our office. In fact, Dr. Katherine Whitaker is one of the few specially trained dentists in the area to administer IV sedation. As soon as you reach our office, we’ll speak with you to determine your pain level and examine the situation. Based on our findings, we can then discuss different sedation options that can ease your discomfort and help you feel at-ease while you’re receiving treatment.

What should I do if my face begins to swell?

Whether you have a toothache caused by an infection, or experienced dental trauma, you may notice facial swelling. One way you can bring this down is to place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. If the swelling is caused by infection, it’s important to not put a heat source on the area, because this could cause the infection to spread faster.

Should I visit the ER or an emergency dentist?

When you find yourself dealing with a dental emergency, it can be hard to determine whether you should visit your ER or an emergency dentist. Situations such as broken or fractured jawbones, deep facial lacerations, and difficulty breathing or swallowing should all be addressed at your local emergency room by a medical professional, because these can all be life-threatening issues. Once you receive urgent attention, you can contact our office to schedule an appointment to get your dental needs addressed. Otherwise, be sure to visit your emergency dentist if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary oral health symptoms or pain.

If I have a toothache, does that mean that I’ll need to get a root canal?

Toothaches are often a sign of an infection, which can be treated with root canal therapy if it hasn’t progressed. If you put this procedure off, it will likely result in you needing an extraction instead. At Corbin Family Dental Care, we make sure that no matter what treatment you need, it’s as pain-free and comfortable as possible.

Do you see patients after hours?

We do see patient afterhours, but an additional fee may apply. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.