Emergency Dental Care
Services in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill
Our policy in all the offices is to get you right in because if you're in pain, dental pain is pretty bad pain, so we get them in. If it's an abscessed tooth and they want to go ahead, if it's so badly broken down that they need to have it out, we take it out that day. It's the same thing as if someone had an accident and they went to the emergency room. You've got to make your door open and you've got to make it so that they can get treatment and feel better and dental infections can be very serious. If you have a huge dental infection and if it goes into the Circle of Willis, it could actually kill you or if it goes down around your heart, it could actually kill you so dental infections, also gum disease and dental infections affect your entire body.
This is not just an isolated part. It affects your whole body. They've done many, many research studies that gum disease causes more heart disease because your body has so much more inflammatory response and so the artery walls roughen slightly and then the low density lipoproteins stick to the artery walls so keeping your mouth clean and getting all the infection and disease out of your mouth is going to make you live longer and be healthier overall. Very important.
Emergencies happen. We get it. That’s why we offer emergency services to any patient in need. While we can typically see emergency patients on the same day they call, we will always work to get you in to see a doctor as soon as possible. We even offer evening and weekend appointments at certain locations. Our team at Sunrise Dental is dedicated to helping alleviate your pain and getting you back to your normal life. Read on to learn more about what to do if you are experiencing an emergency, what exactly constitutes an emergency, and how our team can help.
What To Do In Case Of An Emergency
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we have a few tips for you. Follow the instructions below to best help us help you.
- If you have a tooth that has fallen or been knocked out, try to replace it. By fitting the tooth back into the socket, you will better protect the roots and increase its chance of survival. If you can’t get it back into the socket, protect the tooth and be careful not to touch the roots of the tooth.
- If there are broken pieces of your tooth, secure the pieces in a plastic bag until you can reach our office.
- If you are bleeding, attempt to stop the blood flow before you reach our office. If the bleeding does not stop in a reasonable amount of time, please get to an emergency room immediately.
- Control swelling and pain with a cold compress, if necessary.
- Contact one of our convenient locations immediately. You can find phone numbers for each office here.
- If you catch us after hours, please call the number listed on the answering machine. We can help you at all hours of the day and night.
- If the situation is life threatening, skip the dental office and head straight to the nearest emergency room.
These steps will help you ensure the best chance of your tooth’s survival. The sooner you reach our office, the more likely we will be able to repair your tooth and alleviate your pain. We will be happy to help!
What Constitutes A Dental Emergency
Some common examples of a dental emergency include:
- broken or injured tooth
- tooth that has fallen out or been knocked out
- severe dental pain
- soft tissue damage (tongue, gums, or cheek)
If you are suffering from any of these situations, please contact our office immediately to schedule an emergency appointment. We will work to get you in to see a doctor as soon as possible. We can offer a variety of services to help save your tooth, alleviate your pain, or replace your tooth, if necessary. Our Raleigh office offer CEREC technology to create a permanent crown while you are sitting in our office! We’ll take care of your emergency situation while you wait.
How To Schedule A Non-Emergency Appointment
When it comes to dental emergencies, like I said, we'll take walk-ins. You can call up for an appointment as well, but we're open those extended hours and we're here. We are able to see people whenever we have the office hours. Also I'll often just give patients my number and we do have emergency on-call doctors. You always have an ability to get your question answered. Often emergencies are things that can be solved, too, with antibiotics or just some pain medication until we can see you for a different procedure. You always have a way to give us a call and we can call you in something if needed. There's always that outlet that you can reach us if you need to.
Even if you aren’t experiencing a dental emergency, we can still help solve your dental problem. Call one of our convenient locations today. You can also send us a message using our online form. This method of contact is not recommended for dental emergency care. We will be happy to help you solve any dental issue you may have — emergency or otherwise.