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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.


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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • 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.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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