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Emergencies do not wait – that’s the nature of an emergency. When you require emergency dentistry, you need a dentist who is skilled and equipped to handle urgent matters. Going to the nearest emergency room at the hospital is a waste of time. They are not equipped to handle dental issues. They will likely treat the pain and instruct you to see a dentist as soon as possible. When a dental emergency arises, skip the ER and call Downriver Smiles in Spokane.

How do you know if you have a dental emergency? Sometimes there may be room for doubt. The more obvious emergencies are:

  • Aggravating dental pain
  • Broken or knocked out tooth
  • Swollen gums or jaw
  • Pain or dysfunctional jaw

If any of these issues arise, call us right away at Downriver Smiles. We can provide instructions for how to care for the problem until you can receive treatment from our emergency dentist.

Urgent Dental Care When You Need It

Emergencies don’t happen on a schedule; they are totally random events. Most dental emergencies do not occur during normal business hours. When they do, most dental offices are too busy to work in another patient. At Downriver Smiles, we mean it when we say we are here for all your family’s dental needs. That includes urgent dental care when you need it.

We are open extended hours and have Saturday appointments for those times when you need urgent dental care. When a tooth gets knocked out at the ballfield on Saturday morning, call us. When oral pain begins and rapidly gets worse just as you are leaving work, contact our team right away. In fact, we may be able to see you the same day you call.

We leave space in our appointment scheduling for emergency patients every day. Emergencies will not wait, and we want to do our best to see that you will not either. We cannot guarantee to see everyone who contact us the same day – but call us anyway. Chances are, we can see you the same day to handle urgent oral care needs.

Contact Downriver Smiles with your dental emergencies, and ask about dental insurance we accept to help cover the costs of unexpected dental treatments.


  • Dr. Gaunt and the entire staff at Downriver Smiles are fantastic people. Very thorough, professional, caring and kind. The attention to detail and desire to leave me better than they found me makes this office a cut above. Thank you Downriver Smiles for being so thoughtful and helpful every time I come in.

    Jack D.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Dr. Gaunt replaced my two front crowns that I have had since I was 15 years old and now I am 59. He was very meticulous in sizing, shaping, fitting and color matching and spent adequate time to achieve those results. This is the best dental care I have ever had in my life. I highly recommend Downriver Smiles and their very friendly and caring staff.

    Tim A.


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