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Call Clarity Dentistry When You Need an Emergency Dentist in Indianapolis!

We at Clarity Dentistry strive to be the best emergency dental office Indianapolis has to offer!

An emergency dentist treats patients who have an urgent dental problem, such as a painful toothache, chipped or broken tooth, knocked-out or dislodged tooth, lost filling or crown, or an infected tooth. Dental emergencies need to be treated quickly to mitigate any further damage or discomfort.

We also understand that dental emergencies don’t ever occur when it’s an opportune situation. Actually, many dental emergencies arise when you are on vacation, over the weekend, or even at the end of the day. Luckily, we offer emergency dental services right here in Indianapolis to get you out of pain and smiling again in no time!

Oral health emergencies can happen in any instant, and the timing always seems to be the most inconvenient. At Clarity Dentistry, we realize that a toothache or an abscessed tooth can hurt dreadfully and make your life very unpleasant. But don’t worry, we are here to help you!

What Causes Dental Pain and Discomfort?

Dental and oral pain can be due to multiple situations, but in order to know which reason is causing your specific dental pain, you need to have an exam or consult with a dentist ASAP. No matter what your dental cause is, when you need to see an Emergency Dentist in Indianapolis, we are the office for you!

At Clarity Dentistry, we are open 5 days a week to accommodate most dental emergencies promptly. In addition to hospitable scheduling, everyone at Clarity Dentistry is devoted to your dental care and relieving your pain and restoring your smile as quickly and pleasantly as possible. As an urgent dental care office in Indianapolis, we offer the following:

  • Same-Day Dental Treatment Choices
  • Quick Alleviation for Your Pain & Discomfort

Emergency Relief

Any injury to the teeth or gums should be addressed by a dental professional ASAP. Ignoring the situation increases the probability of more extensive damage or more costly treatment later on. It’s always best to act quickly, and call a dentist without delay.

While there are over-the-counter products- such as ibuprofen, benzocaine, etc- that can aid in relieving some of the pain caused by dental trauma, just remember that this is a temporary relief. If your tooth hurts, it is for a reason and those medications just cover it up for a short time. The tooth still needs to be looked at by an emergency dentist in order to best care for it.

Call us at (317) 300-0205 to schedule an emergency appointment!

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Dental Emergency FAQs


How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Emergency?

How do you know if your dental concern is considered an emergency or not? First, ask yourself these few questions:

  1. Are you in pain?
  2. Is the discomfort keeping you away from work or school?
  3. Is it making sleeping difficult?
  4. Did something happen where you are now embarrassed to smile?
  5. Did something happen where you are now incapable of eating?

If your answer to any of these questions was “yes” – then you have a true dental emergency and you need to call Clarity Dentistry's emergency dentist ASAP!

What Do I Do If I Have a Toothache?

Nothing is more irritating than a toothache! For starters, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm salt water and remove any food that may be lodged between teeth with a strand of dental floss or an air/water flosser. If you are experiencing any swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Do not ever hold any painkiller, such as aspirin, directly adjacent to the gums of the aching tooth as doing so can burn the gum tissues. Call our office at (317) 300-0205 to schedule emergency dental care in Indianapolis as soon as possible.

What Do I Do If I Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth?

When you have broken or chipped a tooth, make sure you save all pieces of the tooth. Place all of the pieces into a small container of milk, preferably, or lightly-salted water if milk is not available. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. If you are experiencing minor bleeding, apply gauze to the spot for about 10 minutes. A cold compress near the area should help with both the swelling and pain. Visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to the tooth.

What Do I Do If I Have a Knocked-Out Tooth?

When a tooth is knocked out, it is considered a true dental emergency. The best chance of saving the tooth is to see an emergency dentist within one hour of the incident. Hold the tooth, without touching the root, and rinse it off if it’s dirty, but make sure not to scrub or remove any of the tissue fragments that may still be attached. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into the tooth socket, facing the correct way. Make sure not to force it! If this doesn’t work, put the tooth into a small container of milk and visit an emergency dentist immediately.

Having a tooth knocked out - fully or partially - also requires immediate care in order to save the tooth. While en route to the dentist, hold a cold compress to the area near the tooth. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the tooth, chipped tooth fragments can be bonded back onto the tooth. Most likely, however, your dentist will need to place a tooth colored filling or a dental crown to reconstruct the tooth.

What Do I Do If I Have a Lost Filling or Crown?

If you have a crown that has become dislodged, make sure you save the crown to bring with you to your dentist. If it’s impossible to visit an emergency dentist in Indianapolis immediately, try to fit the crown back onto the tooth structure. To temporarily attach the crown back on, coat the inner surface of the crown with toothpaste, denture adhesive, or an over-the-counter dental cement that you can find in your local drugstore. And always remember to never use superglue! In addition to it not being healthy to consume, superglue can make getting the crown back off to properly reposition the crown impossible.

On occasion, you might have a filling fall out. A filling can be temporarily replaced with over-the-counter dental cement or a bit of sugarless gum. Do not use gum with sugar as this may cause pain. Arrange to visit your dentist in the near future. Not seeing a dentist can cause decay to infiltrate your tooth and possibly the nerve.

What Do I Do If I Have an Infected/Abscessed Tooth?

An abscess can be a very painful infection located either inside of the tooth’s nerve or between the tooth and gum tissue. This is a serious situation that requires immediate treatment to prevent the infection from damaging your teeth and gums, but also from spreading to other parts of the body, such as your heart. A warm salt water rinse several times a day can temporarily reduce pain and draw pus to the surface.


Patient Testimonials


Dr. Bowen was very thorough in explaining what why I was having the pain I was having in my mouth. April was also very helpful as well! I really like how professional they were. Even though I found out I need to have some work done everything they said as to why made sense. I would definitely recommend going there!
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Danielle Storm
Danielle Storm

I am always very well taken care of at Clarity Dentistry. Everyone is always very friendly, listens to my concerns with empathy, and actually treats me like a human being rather than someone to get money out of. I can honestly say this is the most clean, professional, and best dental experience in my life.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry David Morris
David Morris

My four year old has been to two pediatric dentists that have him a huge fear of the dentist. Dr. Bowen and the hygienist that worked with my son were gentle and did everything possible to make him comfortable. If you or your kiddo are anxious about the dentist you should absolutely check out Clarity.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Samantha Apollo
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