Emergency Care

Get Specialist Emergency Dental Care in our Ketchum Office

When dental emergencies happen, waiting several days for an appointment with a dentist is not an option. Ketchum emergency dentists are committed to helping patients manage sudden injuries and complications that require immediate treatment.

Dr. John Calvert and his team have over 30 years of experience in all aspects of dentistry, and this includes emergency care. Our team is very understanding when you need same day emergency dental care in Central Idaho. We know that there are not many things worse than a horribly painful toothache. It is our goal to see you the day you call, and to diagnose and provide you with immediate aid to reduce or eliminate the pain.

Sometimes, the need for emergency dentistry arises due to an accident. In the case of a tooth that has been completely knocked out, but is in one piece, it is often the best course of action to rinse the tooth and try to reposition it in the socket as soon as possible – then call the dentist. If this is not possible, keeping the tooth in your mouth (in contact with saliva) can make it more likely that the tooth can be re-implanted. The next best thing is to keep the tooth in a small amount of milk or water until you can get to the dentist’s office. Dr. Calvert will see you as soon as possible; he wants to help you maintain your natural teeth.

Another common emergency can also be a cosmetic issue, such as a broken front tooth. We understand how uncomfortable and embarrassing it can be; no one wants to go to work or school with a broken, jagged tooth. It can also be dangerous, as the broken tooth may have sharp edges that can lead to cuts on your cheeks, lips, or tongue. If you experience a broken tooth, call us at Sun Valley Smile Designs and we will make arrangements to see you promptly.

It is our promise to give you the help you need, the same day you call with an emergency. If you have a dental issue that needs immediate attention, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away at 208-471-8770.


Office Hours

Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed


Did You Know...

The steps that you take immediately after experiencing a dental emergency can greatly improve your outcome.. Even though Ketchum emergency dentists will see you very quickly, there are some precautionary steps you can follow in the time it takes to arrive at your dentist’s office. The American Dental Association has a few recommendations:

  • If you bite your lip/tongue – gently cleanse the area and apply a cold compress
  • If you break your tooth – gently rinse the area and apply a cold compress
  • If you lose your tooth –rinse tooth’s root with water if it’s dirty, being careful to hold it by the crown. Carefully place it back in its socket, or place it in milk. Bring it to the dentist immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are experiencing sudden and chronic tooth pain, or if you have sustained trauma to your teeth and surrounding tissues, you may need to see an emergency dentist. Even if you do not currently have a dental emergency, it is important that you have a dentist that is capable of treating you quickly in the event that an emergency does arise.

Urgent problems that threaten the health of your teeth or leave you in pain should not be ignored. You can expect to be seen by your emergency dentist quickly and without an appointment, though it is recommended that you call your dentist’s office if possible before you arrive.

Some of the most common dental emergencies can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Avoid chewing hard foods, such as candy and ice, as these can cause your tooth to crack or chip. Also, be sure to wear a properly fitted dental mouth guard during sports and other high impact activities. Protecting your mouth on a daily basis can significantly reduce your risk of injuring your teeth, as well as your tongue, lips, and the walls of your mouth.