Emergency Dental Care in Cedar Rapids, IA

Get out of pain and save your tooth.

Need to Contact an Emergency Dentist?

Call us, and we’ll do our best to see you the same day.

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Dr. Deb Joyner Click to learn more about Dr. Deb Joyner and her team will relieve your pain and provide you with comfortable, high-quality dentistry.

What’s considered a dental emergency?

If you experience any of the following, call us ASAP:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Loose adult tooth
  • Damaged, loose, or lost restoration (filling, crown, etc.)
  • Swelling
  • Abscess

Our dental services are available to new and current patients of all ages!

Quick Dental Emergency Instructions

Our general dental services in Cedar Rapids.

  • What to do if you knock out a tooth

    You may save your tooth if you act fast:

    • Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown, not the root
    • Rinse the tooth with water, no soap or scrubbing
    • Place the tooth back in the socket, then bite down on gauze to keep the tooth in place
    • If you can’t do that, place the tooth in a container of milk or your saliva

    Don’t forget to remain calm. Our friendly team is here for you.

  • What to do if you have a toothache or swelling
    If your toothache or swelling is severe or persists after two days, call us. It’s a sign something is wrong, even if it eventually goes away.

    In the meantime, to ease tooth pain and reduce swelling, try these home remedies:

    • Rinse with a warm saltwater mixture (½ teaspoon salt and 8oz water)
    • Apply an ice pack or cold compress, no heat
    • Gently floss the area if something is stuck
    • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
    • Eat soft food

    Take the same steps for an abscessed tooth. However, call us right away. If left untreated, this infection can spread to other areas of your body and potentially put your life at risk.

  • What to do if you chip or break a tooth

    Steps to take:

    • Grab the broken piece(s) and wrap it in wet gauze
    • Rinse your mouth with water
    • Apply an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling
    • Apply pressure with clean gauze to stop bleeding
    • Call us and bring the fragment(s) with you

    Depending on the severity of the chip or break, it may or may not be an emergency. Call us to confirm the urgency.

Making Dental Emergencies Painless
Figuratively and literally!
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Flexibility

When possible, we’ll fit you into the schedule the same day you call or book the next available slot.

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Speed

Reduce the number of appointments and get in and out of the dental chair faster with modern technology!

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Affordable

Our dental savings plan includes an emergency exam, and we accept dental insurance.

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Stress-Free

Relax with headphones, blankets, TVs, and even sedation dentistry if you suffer from dental anxiety or fear.

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Convenient

Dr. Joyner offers general, cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry under one roof, minimizing referrals.

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Same-Day Care

We’re equipped to perform same-day root canals, extractions, CEREC crowns, and more.

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‘‘Best experience with a dentist that I’ve had by far. Called with a broken tooth and the absolute worse pain in my life. Set me up for 9 am the next day. Called me an hour later and got me in immediately today. Was in and out, feeling the best I’ve felt in 5 days. Will definitely make a return trip.’’

Eric H.

Q&A on Dental Emergencies

  • Do you accept walk-ins?
    We ask that you call us to confirm availability before showing up. Call us now: (319) 377-6504 Click to call .
  • What emergency services do you offer?

    We provide:

    • Root canals
    • Extractions
    • Same-day crowns
    • Dental bonding
    • Metal-free fillings
    • Toothache or gum relief
    • Filling, crown, bridge, or denture repair
    • And more!

    During your emergency dental exam, Dr. Joyner will present you with all your options so that you can make the best decision for yourself.

  • Will the procedures hurt?

    Getting you out of pain, not causing more, is the goal.

    When performing any dental procedure that may cause you pain or discomfort, we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area and keep you comfortable.

    If you have difficulty getting numb, fear of needles or pain, or suffer from dental anxiety or fear, then you may benefit from our sedation dentistry Click to learn more about our sedation dentistry options options.

  • Can you go to ER for a dental emergency?
    Yes, but we advise against it because most emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and hospitals don’t have dentists on staff. This means they’re likely only able to provide antibiotics or pain medication to ease your symptoms, not treat the actual problem. Therefore, you’ll still need to see a dentist.

    So to avoid additional bills and potentially putting your tooth or oral health at risk, we recommend contacting us first.

    However, if your dental emergency is life-threatening, call 911.

  • What isn’t a dental emergency?

    The following dental scenarios are generally not considered emergencies, meaning they don’t need immediate attention but are still time-sensitive:

    • Chipped tooth
    • Minor tooth pain
    • Sensitive teeth
    • Broken or pokey orthodontic

    When these happen, call us during regular business hours, and we’ll discuss the next steps. Typically, we’ll book you an appointment at the earliest convenience.

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