Emergency Dentistry in charlotte

What is emergency dentistry?

If you’re suffering from severe oral pain, a toothache, or a dental injury, you can receive immediate care with emergency dentistry in Charlotte, NC. The main goal of emergency treatment is to relieve patients’ pain, and get them back to a healthy oral state. Emergencies can happen when you least expect them, which is why dentists provide same-day, after-hours, or weekend emergency appointments, so you can get the care you need, when you need it.

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Kids and adults lose over five million teeth every year!

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What to do in a dental emergency

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Stay Calm

If you experience some sort of dental trauma, the best thing you can do is to stay calm. While you may feel inclined to panic due to the pain and stress of an injury, you can take comfort in the knowledge that nearly any dental issue can be addressed, treated, and resolved by a dentist. Our team is here to help get you back to a healthy, pain-free smile.

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Reduce Bleeding

Once you’ve gained control of the situation, take assessment of your injury. If you’re experiencing any bleeding, place a strip of gauze on the site of the injury and apply pressure by biting down on the gauze. This should slow the blood flow within an hour.

Control Swelling & Pain

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to temporarily reduce pain and swelling. However, steer clear of any blood-thinning medications like aspirin, because they prevent clotting, making it difficult to stop the blood flow. Additionally, an ice pack or cold compress can be applied to the cheek near the affected area to help reduce pain and inflammation for a short period of time.

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Call Us Right Away

Time is crucial in a dental emergency. As soon as you’ve regained control of your situation, give us a call! Our team is standing by to help assess the severity of your dental injury and get you the care you need right away.

The importance of prompt emergency care

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Same-Day Dental Care

Looking for immediate care? Same-day dentistry gets you in our office right away, so you can quickly get back to a healthy oral state. During your visit, your dentist will examine the dental injury and craft an immediate plan to heal and restore your smile that very same day. In this situation, a dental implant may be placed immediately to save bone health and restore your smile.

After Hours Appointments

Not all dental emergencies happen during business hours! That’s why we offer after-hours appointments for patients experiencing emergencies that can’t wait to be treated. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing a dental emergency beyond our usual hours. Our team will do everything we can to work with your schedule, alleviate your pain, and get your smile back to thriving health.

Weekend Appointments

If a dental emergency occurs over the weekend, there’s no need for you to wait in pain until Monday for an appointment. Our office provides limited weekend availability and appointments by request to ensure you receive the immediate treatment you deserve.

Common Emergency Procedures

While every dental emergency is different, there are a variety of common procedures that can alleviate pain and restore the form and function of your smile. 

At your appointment, the dentist will perform an exam to assess the severity of your unique situation. They’ll also outline all recommended treatment options to nurse your smile back to health. For example, a broken, damaged, or decayed tooth can be restored with a dental crown. If you’re struggling with a severe toothache and an underlying infection is causing your pain, root canal therapy may be recommended by your dentist. 

Another common restorative procedure is tooth splinting, which stabilizes a loose or knocked-out tooth to allow for proper healing. Your Charlotte dentist will avoid a tooth extraction if possible, but it can be a necessary procedure if you are experiencing a severely damaged tooth that can’t otherwise be fixed.

Did you know…

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Over five million teeth are lost in America every year!

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What should I do if I’ve knocked out a tooth?


You may be inclined to panic, but the best thing to do is to remain calm. If you can find your tooth, hold it by its top, or crown, to prevent further damage. Gently rinse the tooth with warm water and place the tooth back in its socket if possible, but be careful not to force the tooth back in place. You can also put the tooth in a container of cold milk to keep it from drying out while you are heading to your emergency appointment.

It’s extremely important to call your dentist immediately after experiencing a dental emergency. A knocked-out tooth has only about 1-2 hours in which it can be saved, replaced, and splinted by your dentist. Give us a call right away to schedule an appointment, then head to our office to get the emergency care you need.

What should I do if my dental work has fallen out?

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If your dental crown, filling, bridge, or other appliance happens to fall out, there’s no need to panic. Simply place your dental work in a container or plastic bag so you can bring it to your emergency dental appointment. Then call us to schedule an emergency visit so we can treat your issue right away.

Losing a dental appliance exposes your teeth and gums to bacteria, which can cause an infection, further decay or damage, and lead to even more issues down the line. A loose, broken, or missing dental appliance is considered a dental emergency and warrants a same-day appointment. Contact us as soon as you can to schedule a visit.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

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 A severe toothache that lasts for several days may be caused by a tooth infection, which is a serious dental emergency. Fortunately, root canal therapy can be used to restore your tooth and soothe the pain.

Call our office immediately If you’re experiencing a lasting toothache. To alleviate any discomfort before your appointment, take over-the-counter pain relievers, place a cold compress on your cheek, or apply a topical numbing gel to the painful area.

What should I do about a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth?

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If a broken or cracked tooth is left untreated, it is at risk for infection and other complications. Don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help guide you on the next steps, and see if your injury requires immediate treatment.

What should I do about a loose tooth?

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If one or more of your teeth becomes loose due to oral trauma, call our office right away for a same-day appointment. It’s crucial to get emergency dental care soon, as the nerves that run through and support your tooth could die, leaving the tooth unsalvageable. 

After calling our office for your emergency appointment, try to keep the tooth as stable as possible. Avoid touching the loose tooth with your tongue or fingers, as this can lead to further damage and increase the risk of infection. Once you’re at our office, your dentist will apply a splint that stabilizes the tooth, providing support and allowing the tooth to heal and reattach to your gums.

Did you know…

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If you’ve knocked out your tooth, place it in a container of coldmilk to preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

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