Are you in pain with a toothache that won’t go away? Or have you experienced trauma to a tooth?
An emergency dentist at Family Dentistry of Greensboro will see you today and perform a quick, simple procedure to relieve your pain.
After that, we will examine your tooth to determine the cause of your pain. We’ll also explain your treatment options. If you need urgent dental care outside of our normal business hours, we have 24-hour dental help available.
Why See an Emergency Dentist?
What types of dental issues are urgent? Do you really need to see an emergency dentist, or can it wait? What will be done to treat your tooth? And what can you do right now—before you see us?
Trauma to your tooth can loosen the ligaments. The tooth may turn to the side, or be pushed too far into or away from the socket. You will probably need root canal treatment to preserve the tooth. Your emergency dentist will re-position and stabilize the tooth. The sooner you see a dentist, the easier treatment will be.
A toothache is usually a sign of an infection. The infection can be caused by decay, trauma, or gum disease. Over-the-counter pain reliever may help temporarily, but the infection will progress until it is treated. An emergency dentist will relieve your pain, examine your tooth, and let you know your options. Usually, root canal treatment is needed. We make the process pain free. Get details about this procedure on our root canal page.
Seek help immediately for a better outcome. Find the tooth, if possible, and keep it moist. Milk, water, or your own saliva can be used. We’ll have you come in right away. The tooth will be put back in its socket and stabilized with a splint for a few weeks. Your dentist will determine if further treatment is required. If it’s after hours, a 24-hour dentist will be contacted to call you promptly.
Trauma to your tongue
If you bite your tongue too hard, hurt it while playing sports, or otherwise injure it and the bleeding or pain is uncontrollable, call us. We will examine it and provide the appropriate treatment. An untreated injury can result in infection and require more aggressive treatment. Apply clean gauze to the wound, along with mild pressure to help minimize bleeding.
Remember, we have an emergency dentist available 24 hours a day. Call us, and we’ll ensure you get the help you need.
A cracked or chipped tooth needs special attention—fast. An emergency dentist will check the extent of the damage. If you don’t get help, the crack or chip can get longer or deeper. If the injury is causing pain when you breathe through your mouth or when you drink cold liquid, place clean, moist gauze on your tooth until we see you. If you can, save the chipped-off piece and keep it moist.
Reduce the Chances of Needing an Emergency Dentist
All emergencies cannot be prevented. Accidents happen, but there are some precautions you can take.
- Maintain good oral hygiene. Floss and brush your teeth daily. Good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay, which can lead to a toothache and infection.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks. The acid from sugar promotes bacteria and tooth decay. Advanced decay can cause a toothache.
- Only use your teeth to chew and bite food. Don’t bite sharp or hard objects with your teeth, or use your teeth to open cans or bottles. Improperly using your teeth can create a dental emergency.
- Keep your regularly scheduled appointments for dental exams and cleanings. Your hygienist and dentist are trained in early detection of decay, gum disease, and other damage to your teeth. Preventive care reduces the chances of needing an emergency dentist.
- If you play sports, wear a mouth guard. It protects your teeth and gums from trauma. If you experience a blow to your mouth or face, a mouth guard will cushion the impact.
“I had an emergency, and Friendly Dentistry made every effort to help me. I really appreciate the fact they were so willing to work around my schedule. I would recommend them to anyone!”
A 24-Hour Dentist Is Available
An emergency usually doesn’t have the best timing. If you need help after our normal office hours, call us anyway. An on-call, 24-hour dentist will quickly get in touch with you.