Dental Emergencies

We’re here to help!  We understand the frustration and inconvenience toothaches can bring. Active patients (seen at our office within the last year) are usually worked into our schedule for a same day or next day visit. We make every effort to accommodate new patients with dental emergencies.

Call our office at (270) 259-3232 to schedule an appointment. 

If you have an after hours emergency please call our emergency line at: (270) 899-2180

Please leave a detailed message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.  If you cannot wait for a call back, please go to the emergency room.

*After hours office visit fee may apply for emergencies that need attention before the next business day*


The following information may be used to help determine what type of problem you may be having and what treatment may be necessary.  It is not medical or dental advice and it is not intended to provide a diagnosis or treatment recommendations.  Final diagnosis and treatment recommendations must be made via an office visit with Dr. Holwager.  Please do not hesitate to call us with questions or concerns.

Swelling of the face or gums with or without a fever -Possible infection/abscess Make an appointment ASAP. If you cannot wait for an appointment, go to the emergency room.
Constant, throbbing pain and/or
Extreme sensitivity to cold/hot
Deep cavity with inflamed nerve
-Cracked tooth
Make an appointment ASAP. You may need root canal treatment or an extraction.
Sensitivity to sweets -Cavity
-Leaking filling
This is not usually an emergency, but seek treatment soon to prevent an emergency later.
Bleeding gums -Gum disease/inflammation This is not usually an emergency, but make an appointment soon for an examination.
Pain when biting or chewing -Cracked tooth
Make an appointment ASAP.
Broken tooth or lost filling -Biting on something hard
-Decay around filling
This is not usually an emergency, but edges may be sharp, the tooth may be sensitive or there may be a cosmetic concern. Seek treatment soon.
Tooth knocked out If possible, place the tooth back in the socket if clean. If not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk. DO NOT scrub the tooth and avoid handling. Call our emergency line immediately.