When you are dealing with a dental emergency, it can be a painful and worrying experience. Luckily our accomplished Kernersville dentist at Infinity Dental is able to provide you with accomplished dental care when you are in need of the help the most. With a combination of experience in dentistry and oral surgery, we are able to provide you with reliable dental help for nearly any emergency you are facing. Even though it is a scary situation, we will do our best to provide you with a calming and relaxing atmosphere to help put you at ease in the midst of a stressful situation.
Traumatic Dental Injuries
For a more traumatic injury such as a tooth that has been moved or loosened, treatment needs to occur within six hours. However, if there is uncontrollable bleeding, go immediately to the ER. Fortunately, other dental injuries that happen most frequently are less severe. The most common traumatic dental injuries are chipped teeth. If a tooth is chipped, try to find any pieces that have come off, as it might be possible to reattach them. Make an appointment for an office visit as soon as possible, and bring the pieces with you.
Acute or persistent tooth pain always signals a need for an urgent visit to the dental office. The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay, a bacterial infection that can spread through many parts of the tooth, and even into the gum tissue. Sometimes, tooth pain indicates that you may need a root canal treatment — a procedure that not only relieves the pain of an infection deep inside the tooth, but also can keep the tooth from having to be removed. Other times, pain may be caused by a loose filling or sensitive tooth. The only way to know for sure what's causing your tooth pain is to make an appointment at the dental office right away.
Injuries and infections involving the soft tissues of the mouth may also require emergency treatment. The tissues of the gums, tongue, or cheek lining can be damaged by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids. They may also suffer injury from foreign bodies that become lodged below the gum line, and they can develop painful and potentially serious abscesses. A periodontal (gum) abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection and is usually quite painful. Abscesses require immediate attention at the dental office.
Any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth should be rinsed with dilute salt water. If there is visible debris, it should be cleared. Bleeding can usually be controlled by pressing a clean, damp material to the area for 10-15 minutes. If this does not work, go to the emergency room immediately.
A foreign body lodged beneath the gum line can sometimes be gently worked out with dental floss or a toothpick. But if this can't be accomplished easily, make a dental appointment so the area does not become damaged and/or infected.
Although there can be discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. They include trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth. Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face, and severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas can also be orthodontic emergencies. In any of these situations, seek immediate care from the dental office or emergency room — whichever is your best option. For loose, broken or irritating pieces of orthodontic hardware, please call the dental office for advice.
Common Dental Emergency Situations
Our dentists can help you with many dental emergencies, such as:
- Trauma to the gum, tongue, or soft tissue in the mouth
- Teeth that have been partially displaced
- Damaged or knocked out teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Sports injuries
Seasoned Dental Professionals Serving North Carolina
Knowing that we have the ability to provide you with high-quality dental care and provide a sense of relief is a very rewarding experience for us as a staff. With more than 45 years of combined experience between our dentists, we have the knowledge, resources, and skill to make sure your Kernersville dental emergency services are adequate and helpful.
If you are dealing with a dental Emergency
Call the Kernersville office at (336) 996-3542 today!