At Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry, we know that toothaches, injuries, and accidents can occur at anytime. In these situations, it’s often not safe to put off getting a dental emergency cared for until the next available appointment time. That’s why we offer emergency tooth help at our Holly Springs dental office and Cary dental office.
When Should You See An Emergency Dentist ?
When something happens to your teeth or gums, you may be tempted to rush to see an after hours dentist immediately, no matter what the issue, or on the other hand, you may want to put it off, relying on over the counter pain relief and temporary dental fixes. So, what kind of situations require emergency dental care?
Severe Tooth Pain
If your tooth is causing severe pain, it can not only seriously impact your life, preventing you from eating, sleeping, and going to work, but it is often a sign that there’s something seriously wrong, usually severe decay or an abscess. An abscessed tooth caused by an infection within the root of the tooth is dangerous and needs to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, the infection can spread causing severe swelling or can even enter the bloodstream. If a standard dose of over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen doesn’t relieve the pain, it’s important to visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Whether it’s caused by a fall, sports-related injury, or even eating something too hard, a severely cracked or broken tooth is a dental emergency. While a minor chip or crack may not need an after hours dentist, if a large piece of the tooth has separated or broken away, you should get immediate treatment. Otherwise, you may experience pain, infection, and even a total loss of the tooth.
In the event the entire tooth has been knocked out, it’s important to hold onto the tooth, placing it in milk while calling your emergency dentist for instruction. With fast care, many dentists can reattach the tooth into the socket.
Lost or Damaged Filling or Crown
Like a cracked or broken tooth, cracking a filling or losing a crown also needs emergency dental care. While you may not need an after-hours dentist, you do still need emergency dental care as soon as possible. Waiting to get broken or lost dental work taken care of may lead to further damage and serious pain and discomfort.
What To Do in a Dental Emergency
The most important thing to do if your tooth breaks, you’re in pain, or you lose a crown is to stay calm and call an emergency dentist. The dentists at Sninski and Smith will give you instructions on what to do before arriving at the office or if you can be set up with a standard appointment. Just know that by seeking emergency tooth help, you are doing the right thing, and we will get you taken care of quickly so you can be free from pain and on your way.
Contact Our Emergency Dentist Office
At Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry, we provide emergency dental care that you can depend on. Contact our Cary dental office at 919-467-2203 or our Holly Springs office at 919-600-6262 if you’re having a dental emergency, or simply fill out our form below to learn more about our family dental practice.