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Indianapolis emergency dentist explains causes of tooth pain

At Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Matthew Church understands that emergency situations can happen at any time. That is why we offer convenient day, evening, and weekend office hours, as well as after-hours on-call so that we can assess and treat patients as soon as possible. In the event of any dental emergency, we encourage patients to contact us right away.

Emergency tooth pain indianapolis

Tooth pain is a common occurrence. The factors that may indicate that a patient should call our office about a toothache include severe pain, fever, discomfort when opening the mouth, earache, or a toothache that has not subsided within a day or two. Such symptoms might indicate an infection which may spread if not addressed. It is helpful to provide us with as much information as possible, such as:

  • How and when the pain began
  • Severity
  • Location of the pain
  • Pain radiating to other areas such as the cheek, ear, or jaw
  • Any actions that reduce or increase the pain (such as heat, cold, touch, pressure)


New Patients: (317) 333-6788

Existing Patients: (317) 890-4455

Toothaches or dental pain may be caused by any number of factors, including:

  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth nerve irritation
  • Plaque build-up
  • Fracture or breakage
  • Infection of the gums
  • Frequent motions such as grinding teeth or chewing gum
  • A filling that has been damaged
  • Leaking or damaged dental crowns
  • Tooth decay or cavities
  • Trauma to the tooth or face
  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)
  • Occasionally, heart conditions may present the sensation of pain in the teeth

Pain in the teeth may be accompanied by inflammation and localized swelling, bleeding, headache, drainage, or bad taste in the mouth. Any patient who is experiencing a dental emergency should call our office at (317) 333-6788 for evaluation.

Washington Street Dentistry serves patients from Indianapolis, East Indianapolis, Cumberland, Anderson, Lawrence, New Palestine, Greenfield, and surrounding areas. Dr. Church provides a complete range of advanced dental care including emergency, cosmetic, reconstructive, family, pediatric, sedation, and surgical dentistry, as well as the Invisalign clear alignment system, root canal therapy, and treatment for sleep apnea and gum disease.

For a comprehensive consultation, contact our office today or request an appointment using our convenient online scheduling system. Washington Street Dentistry is located at 10935 East Washington Street in Indianapolis.

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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I started going to Washington Street Dentistry when I moved to Irvington a few years ago. I relocated about an hour away and still make the trip down to see Dr. Church as this is the best dentist I’ve been to. The staff are great and Dr. Church has always done a wonderful job! My visits have always been painless and they always take the time to answer any questions I may have. I would highly recommend them!

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