What is emergency dentistry?
Did you know…
Kids and adults lose over five million teeth every year!
What to do in a dental emergency
If you experience some sort of dental trauma, the best thing you can do is to stay calm. While you may feel inclined to panic due to the pain and stress of an injury, you can take comfort in the knowledge that nearly any dental issue can be addressed, treated, and resolved by a emergency dentist in Greensboro. Our team is here to help get you back to a healthy, pain-free smile.
Once you’ve gained control of the situation, take assessment of your injury. If you’re experiencing any bleeding, place a strip of gauze on the site of the injury and apply pressure with your by biting down on the gauze. This should slow the blood flow within an hour if you can cannot come into see an emergency dentist immediately.
Control Swelling & Pain
Medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to temporarily reduce pain and swelling. You do not need an emergency dentist to prescribe these to you. However, steer clear of any blood-thinning medications like aspirin, because they prevent clotting, making it difficult to stop the blood flow. Additionally, an ice pack or cold compress can be applied to the cheek near the affected area to help reduce pain and inflammation for a short period of time.
Call Us Right Away
Time is crucial in with dental emergencies. As soon as you’ve regained control of your situation, give our emergency dentist a call! Our team is standing by to help assess the severity of your dental injury and get you the care you need right away.
The importance of prompt emergency care in greensboro, nc
Same-Day Dental Care
Get the emergency dental care you need right away with same-day emergency care. During your visit, your emergency dentist in Greensboro, NC will perform an examination to assess your dental injury and create an immediate plan to get your smile back in shape that very same day.
While Dr. Jah is able to treat most cases with same-day emergency dental care, there are a few exceptions. Some unique scenarios may only allow Dr. Jah to provide an exam before scheduling you in on a different day or referring you out to a specialist who will best serve your unique needs.
Did you know…
Place a knocked-out tooth in a container of cold milk to preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.
Have questions about emergency dentistry? Find answers here.
What should I do if I’ve knocked out a tooth?
If you knock out a tooth, the first step is to try and remain calm. If you can find it, recover your tooth by grabbing it by its top, or crown, instead of by the bottom, or root, to prevent further damage. Then, gently rinse the tooth with warm water. Once it is clean, replace the tooth back in its socket if possible. However, be careful not to force the tooth back in place. If necessary, you can place the tooth in a container of cold milk to keep it from drying out while you are heading to your emergency appointment.
If you are facing a serious dental emergency, don’t wait to call your emergency dentist. Although you may be focused on alleviating pain, a knocked-out tooth only has a short window of 1-2 hours in which it can be saved, replaced, and splinted by your dentist. Give us a call right away for guidance, then head to our office to get the emergency care you need.
What should I do if my dental work has fallen out?
If your dental crown, filling , bridge , or other appliance falls out, place your dental work in a container or plastic bag and keep it safe so you can bring it to your next dental clinic visit. Give us a call right away to schedule an emergency visit so we can treat your issue as soon as possible.
When you lose a dental appliance, your teeth and gums can become exposed to bacteria. This may cause an infection, further decay or damage, and lead to even more issues in the future. A loose, broken, or missing dental appliance is considered a dental emergency and warrants a same-day appointment, so get in touch with us as soon as you notice that something’s wrong to schedule a visit.
What should I do about a severe toothache?
If you’re suffering from a severe toothache and it lasts for several days, it could be caused by a tooth infection. A tooth infection is a serious dental emergency, but fortunately, root canal therapy can be used to restore and revitalize your tooth, and relieve your oral pain.
If you’re experiencing a lasting toothache, call our office immediately to book your appointment with an emergency dentist. To soothe your discomfort in the meantime, apply a cold compress to your cheek, take over-the-counter pain relievers, or apply a topical numbing gel to the affected area.
What should I do about a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth?
Even if the damage to your tooth appears to be minor, give us a call so we can help guide you on the next steps, and to see if your injury requires immediate treatment. When you arrive at the office, your dentist will perform an emergency exam to determine the severity of the damage. If a broken or cracked tooth is left untreated, it is at risk for infection and other complications.
What should I do about a loose tooth?
If you experience any form of oral trauma that causes one or more of your teeth to become loose, call our office immediately for a same-day appointment. When your tooth is loose, it’s incredibly important to get proper care right away, as the nerves that run through and support your tooth could die and lead to losing the tooth entirely.
Once your visit is scheduled, try to keep the tooth as stable as possible, and avoid touching the loose tooth with your tongue or fingers, as this can lead to further damage and increase the risk of infection. At your emergency appointment, your dentist will apply a splint that stabilizes the tooth by attaching it to the adjacent teeth, providing support and allowing the tooth to heal and reattach to your gums.
How Do I Know If I Am Having a Dental Emergency?
Severe Tooth Pain - While a toothache isn’t necessarily always a dental emergency, if the pain is severe, debilitating, or accompanied by signs of an infection, then it is considered a dental emergency.
While a dull ache that comes and goes is certainly a sign you should get your tooth examined, it doesn’t require urgent treatment so it can wait for the next available appointment. Severe or sharp pain that makes it difficult to eat, limits your ability to function throughout the day, doesn’t respond to pain medication or is accompanied by swelling and an abscess is a sign that something is seriously wrong.
You could have an infection, a severely damaged tooth, gum disease, or be at risk for tooth loss. The longer you wait, the higher your risk of losing the tooth and suffering from complications.
You Have Lacerations to the Inside of Your Mouth or Are Bleeding - If you have suffered from dental trauma and have cuts to the inside of your mouth, are bleeding uncontrollably, or have other lacerations to your mouth, tongue, or cheeks, you should be seen by an emergency dentist right away.
In the meantime, you should control bleeding with gauze but we will need to take a closer look to determine the cause. Severe or uncontrolled bleeding can be caused by peri-implantitis, mucositis, dental trauma, gum disease, or accidentally biting the inside of the mouth.
Swelling & Abscess - If you ever notice signs of a tooth infection, you need to contact us right away. The most important signs to look for are swelling in the gums as well as the face and jaw and an abscess that looks like a pimple near the affected tooth.
This is a pocket of pus that indicates infection. However, other symptoms include tooth sensitivity, severe pain, darkening of the tooth, a chipped tooth, swollen lymph nodes, and a fever. An infection can spread to the other teeth, cause tooth loss, or spread through the bloodstream and lead to sepsis. To prevent life-threatening complications, you need to get to our office immediately.
Damaged, Loose Tooth, or Knocked-Out Tooth - If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, have suffered from dental trauma that has led to a significant oral injury such as a jaw injury, if your tooth is very loose, or you have lost a tooth, you qualify for an emergency appointment. Damaged, loose, and missing teeth need to be addressed immediately for the best chances of saving the tooth.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
The answer is maybe, depending on what the emergency is, the treatment you need, and your level of coverage. Most insurance companies follow a 100-80-50 structure which splits dental coverage into 3 different categories.
Preventative treatments are covered at up to 100%, basic procedures such as fillings and basic extractions are covered at up to 80% and then major dental which is essentially restorative treatment is covered at up to 50%.
If you require some basic or major dental work, then this could fall under your dental insurance coverage. Contact your insurance provider directly to find out what, if anything, they will cover. If you don’t have insurance, we accept third-party financing through CareCredit.
Did you know…
If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause issues that impact your overall health.