Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Kim Paukune, DDS -  - General Dentist

Tucson Premier Smiles

Kim Paukune, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Tucson, AZ

If you experience an oral emergency like a deep cavity, damaged tooth, or severe gum infection, seek professional help right away. At Tucson Premier Smiles, Kim Paukune, DDS, and the team provide emergency dentistry to patients of all ages. Using advanced treatments and years of training, she can preserve your smile and prevent discomfort. To make an appointment, call the office in Tucson, Arizona, or book online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry provides immediate treatment for serious but non-life-threatening oral health problems. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Making it to Tucson Premier Smiles within 30 minutes of your initial symptoms could mean the difference between a quick outpatient procedure and the need for oral surgery.

What types of problems does emergency dentistry treat?

The Tucson Premier Smiles team uses emergency dentistry to treat a variety of common oral health issues, including:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Deep cavities caused by untreated decay
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Oral abscesses and tumors
  • Cuts and lacerations to the gums or lips
  • Oral trauma
  • Loose teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Broken orthodontics

When necessary, your provider may also provide root canal therapy, extractions, and infection management. 

What should I do if I break a dental restoration or lose a tooth?

If you break a dental restoration or lose a tooth, stay calm and take action:

Broken dental restoration

Pick up the pieces and rinse them off in tap water. Put the pieces of the restoration in a plastic bag and contact Tucson Premier Smiles. Explain the issue to the administrative team and head to the office. The staff can make recommendations to limit discomfort on your way.

Knocked-out permanent tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth, rinse it off and try to put it back in the socket. If the tooth won’t stay in place, tuck it inside your cheek or put it in a cup of milk. After securing the tooth, call Tucson Premier Smiles and explain the situation. The administrative team can make recommendations to limit pain and bleeding on the way over.

How can I lower the risk of a dental emergency?

The easiest way to lower your risk of a dental emergency is to practice good oral hygiene. Tucson Premier Smiles recommends brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the office at least two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

To protect your teeth and gums from accidents or injury, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or opening objects with your teeth. If you play contact sports like hockey or lacrosse, wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth while sleeping, a nightguard can prevent damage to your enamel.

To further explore emergency dentistry, make an appointment at Tucson Premier Smiles by calling the office or booking online today.