Emergency Dentist

Emergency Dentistry

Dr. Melissa Kenfield has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering an Emergency Dentist.

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A healthy, contagious smile starts here.
15+ years emergency dentistry experience.

Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Kenfield has averaged __ continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Indiana are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!

“Very professional, accommodating and friendly.”

Sally W.
Kenfield Dental Group patient

Dr. Melissa Kenfield, with a high-tech emergency dental office located in Spencer, is always educated and informed on the latest and greatest dental technologies and trends.

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Emergency Evaluation

Some situations require immediate dental attention. But what is considered a proper dental emergency? Below are a few examples of dental problems that should be treated right away:

Severe pain anywhere in the mouth
Swollen gums, the appearance of a “pimple” on the gums
Severe pain after an extraction
Broken or cracked teeth that hurt
Knocked out, misplaced, or loose teeth

Other situations that still require dental attention but can wait until regular opening hours include fixing large cavities, root canal treatments, and treating gum disease.

5 Common Dental Emergencies


A toothache can result from different dental problems, but the most common causes are dental trauma and decay. Patients experiencing severe toothache should get in contact with the office right away. We will arrange an emergency visit and give you some advice on easing the pain in the meantime. We know how awful toothaches can be, and our main objective is to relieve your pain. We will get you in as soon as possible and eliminate the source of your pain.

What to do when you have a toothache:

The first step is to call our office. Once you have scheduled the visit, you can take whichever pain-killer is safe for you to ease the discomfort. Try to keep the area clean by rinsing it with warm salty water. Apply a warm compress for added comfort.

Broken or Cracked Tooth

Our dentist should first check the affected tooth to determine the course of treatment. A visual exam and x-ray of the area will help her evaluate the case better.

The treatment for dental trauma varies according to the severity or extension of the damage. Dr. Kenfield can quickly fix a small chip or fracture with tooth-colored bonding material.

For a small fracture or crack in a tooth, Dr. Kenfield might recommend a crown, which will restore the tooth’s aesthetic and function. For a larger fracture, she might determine that a root canal is needed in addition to a crown.

In some cases, when the tooth is deeply cracked or extensively fractured, our dentist will have no choice but to remove it and replace it with a dental implant.

Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth

A knocked-out tooth should be treated immediately. Lost (and misplaced) teeth are time-dependent: the sooner the dentist repositions the teeth, the better chances of saving them.

If you find the knocked-out tooth, grab it by the crown and store it in a container with milk. Ideally, you should be seen within an hour of the accident. If you don’t have milk, you can use saline water or your saliva (never tap water). We cannot guarantee to save the tooth, but we will see you immediately and do our best to preserve it.

*** Misplaced teeth and lost teeth are time-dependent.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is an acute infection that causes redness and swelling. It is usually localized at the tip of the tooth’s root, and it looks like a pimple on the gum tissue. Patients with abscesses can sometimes feel pain, but not always. When they do feel pain, they describe it as discomfort that comes and goes or persistent throbbing pain in the area of the affected tooth.

Abscesses are a consequence of a bacterial infection. To treat this condition, Dr. Kenfield will perform a root canal treatment in the affected tooth. If the infection is too severe, she might also prescribe antibiotics.

Lost Crown or Filling

It’s not very usual, but sometimes dental crowns come off, or fillings fall out. These situations deserve urgent dental attention for two reasons. First of all, both situations can compromise your smile aesthetic and general appearance. But apart from that, it’s not convenient to have the remaining tooth exposed for too long, as the inner tissues of the teeth are more susceptible to dental decay than the enamel.

If a dental crown falls off, keep it and bring it to the office. On many occasions, the cap can be re-cemented to the tooth. On the other hand, fillings can’t go back in, so there’s no need to keep the restoration. Dr. Kenfield will place a new filling where the old one used to be. However, if the filling came off due to decay, she will re-evaluate the case and consider placing a crown instead to strengthen the remaining tooth.

Kenfield Dental Group in Spencer, IN can help with dental emergencies

It is impossible to prepare for dental emergencies, and they usually happen at the most inconvenient times. The team at Kenfield Dental Group will ease your pain and help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. Please, call us if you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency in the Spencer area. We’re always ready to help!

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