Emergency Dental Services in Barclay Downs, NC
If there’s one thing you can count on when a dental emergency happens, it’s that it definitely won’t be convenient!
It may also feel frightening and overwhelming. The first thing to do is remain calm, and the next thing to do is contact Gentry Dental right away. You can reach us by calling 704-554-1007.
Your emergency dentist in Barclay Downs understands how stressful emergency situations can be and how important it is to receive prompt treatment. For this reason, we make every effort to accommodate our patients the same day.
When you know how to handle dental emergencies, they may not seem as stressful. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about dental emergencies and a few tips on what to do.
- Should I go to the emergency room if my tooth is knocked out?
- What if I'm having a constant toothache ore dental pain?
- What happens if my dental filling cracks or falls out?
- I have an injury to gum tissue, what should I do?
- What if I am afraid to go to the dentist but I'm having dental pain?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent a dental emergency?
- Does Dr. Gentry see emergency patients?
What Should I Do When I Break or Dislodge My Tooth?
If your tooth has been severely chipped or broken, please gather as many pieces as you can and get to our office as soon as possible. There are many options for repairing a broken tooth, and Dr. Gentry will assess the best treatment for your needs. Even if your tooth sustains a small chip, we should smooth it at some point, so it doesn’t irritate your gums, tongue, or other soft tissues; however, it may not require immediate attention.
For a dislodged or knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence, because Dr. Gentry has the best chance of preserving your tooth if we treat it within 1- 2 hours after the injury occurs.
Try to transport your tooth as carefully as you can. Replacing it back in its socket is best, if possible. Otherwise, carrying it in a cup of milk works as well and helps to keep the live cells alive. Be sure to contact us immediately for an appointment.
A Broken or Lost Restoration
As much as we would like them to last forever, unfortunately, dental restorations do break down over time. If you find yourself in a situation where one of your old crowns or fillings has broken or fallen out, you’ll need to contact your Charlotte emergency dentist to have your tooth repaired. A lost restoration could expose your root and cause sensitivity; it can also allow harmful bacteria into your tooth increasing your risk of developing an infection.
Dr. Gentry will determine what is needed to restore your tooth back to optimum health and get you back on the path to wellness.
Soft Tissue Injuries To the Face or Gums
For injuries to your soft tissues, cheeks, or gums the first thing to do is get the bleeding under control. Applying gentle pressure with a cool compress works best.
If available, warm salt-water rinses are also soothing for soft tissue injuries. Once you control the bleeding, contact our office for further instruction and to determine if you need immediate attention.
An Abscessed or Infected Tooth
When a tooth has been injured or fractured, an abscess or infection can occur. Dental infection typically causes severe and constant pain and may start off with sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. It’s important to note that dental infections won’t go away on their own; in fact, they actually get worse over time, putting you at an increased risk of tooth loss and the infection spreading to other areas of your body.
This is another situation where acting quickly is critical. Root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth if you contact us right away; however, if an infection is allowed to destroy too much of your root, the only alternative is to extract your tooth.
During a root canal procedure, Dr. Gentry will clean out infected nerve tissue from the roots of your tooth by creating a small access to the nerve. She’ll then seal your tooth with a temporary filling and allow it time to heal. After the appropriate healing time, she’ll restore your tooth with a permanent filling or dental crown, which strengthens your tooth after root canal therapy.
Having Something Stuck Between Your Teeth
If you find yourself with food debris or some other object that is stuck between your teeth or in your gums, try using dental floss to remove or dislodge it. If this is not effective, it’s time to contact Gentry Dental. Don’t risk the health of your teeth and gums by resorting to other measures to remove the item.
Should I Go To an Emergency Room?
If your injury involves your neck, head, or jaw, heading to your local hospital emergency room is a good idea. However, for all other dental emergencies, it’s best to contact your dentist first because emergency rooms are not equipped to treat teeth, and they will likely send you back to your emergency dentist in Charlotte.
We encourage our patients to always contact Gentry Dental first to have us assess your situation over the phone. Our knowledgeable staff members can help you determine if you need immediate attention from your dentist, or if your condition would be handled better at the hospital.
In most cases, contacting your dentist first will save you stress, time and money in the long run and could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth that has been dislodged.
How Does Dental Phobia Lead to Emergencies?
Unfortunately, fear of the dentist plays a role in keeping many patients away from the dental care that they need. Many problems such as tooth decay or gum disease don’t cause any pain until the damage has already been done, and then these situations might require more invasive procedures. Visiting your Charlotte dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups helps to protect your oral health and prevent certain emergency situations.
At Gentry Dental, we offer dental care that is relaxed and gentle, but also comprehensive to meet your needs. Dr. Gentry understands that visiting the dentist is not easy for every patient and she takes the time to listen to your concerns and fears. She also utilizes the latest dental technology to ensure that our patients receive the most efficient and comfortable procedures.
If you have fears or concerns about visiting the dentist, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule time to talk with Dr. Gentry to learn more about your options for comfortable dental care and see how our practice is different.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While there are many accidents and traumatic situations that you can’t avoid, you can prevent some dental emergencies by being proactive about your oral health.
For example, during your routine preventive visits, Dr. Gentry can detect issues like tooth decay and cavities early on, which can be successfully treated with a dental filling, preventing the decay from progressing into your nerve and causing an infection.
If you participate in sports, another way to protect your teeth and oral health is to wear a mouth guard. A custom guard will offer significantly better protection without interfering with your performance, and they outperform any of the guards you can purchase at your local sporting goods store.
Contact Gentry Dental
If you or a loved one is experiencing tooth pain or an emergency situation, please contact us right away. Remember, the quicker you come in, the quicker we can get you diagnosed, treated, and feeling comfortable again!