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.
- 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.
- broken or injured tooth
- tooth that has fallen out or been knocked out
- severe dental pain
- soft tissue damage (tongue, gums, or cheek)
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.