How Do I Know if I Have a True Dental Emergency?

How Do I Know if I Have a True Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies usually happen when least expected, and your trusted team at Dental Care of North Carolina is here to help. We will use the most conservative treatment options available to alleviate your pain and address your injury as soon as possible. You can always count on us for exceptional, gentle care!

How Do You Know if You Have a True Dental Emergency?

In general, a problem that requires immediate treatment to stop bleeding, relieve severe pain, or save a tooth is considered a dental emergency. That also applies to severe infections that can be serious if left untreated. To determine whether you are experiencing a true dental emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have severe tooth pain?
  • Has there been trauma to your face or mouth?
  • Do you have a pimple-like bump on the gums?
  • Does your jaw, mouth, or face have swelling?
  • Do you have a knocked-out tooth?
  • Are any of your teeth loose, cracked, or broken?
  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?

If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. Contact us immediately and let us know what happened. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

What Are Common Dental Emergencies?

When experiencing a dental emergency, time is of the essence. Make sure you contact us right away to receive the emergency dental care you need. 

Here are some common dental emergencies:

  • Persistent Tooth Pain: A persistent toothache may indicate an infection or an abscess. Rinse gently with warm water and use floss to remove any food or debris caught between your teeth. Never place aspirin on the affected area.
  • Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth: Try to return the tooth to its socket without touching its root. If that is not possible, carry the tooth between your gums and cheek or in a container of milk.
  • A Displaced (Luxated) Tooth: Place gentle pressure on the tooth so that it does not move. We may recommend a splint to stabilize the tooth and keep it in place.
  • A Chipped, Cracked, or Fractured Tooth: Place a cold compress to reduce swelling, if present. We will do everything possible to stabilize your tooth and restore its health and function.
  • Facial Swelling: Swelling can result from an infection, abscess, or tooth fracture. Our team will diagnose and treat the condition to alleviate your discomfort and prevent any complications.
  • Lost Crown or Filling: Use over-the-counter dental cement to replace the filling or keep your crown in place until you can come in to see us. Never use super glue for filling or crown repair.

Quality Emergency Care in Morrisville and Greensboro

We at Dental Care of North Carolina hope you never have to experience a dental emergency but are here for you in the event you do. Our team is fully prepared and equipped to provide the quality, gentle urgent care you deserve. You can always count on us!