Greensboro Emergency Dentistry Services
Keeping our patients’ smiles whole and healthy is always our top priority, and skilled Greensboro dentist, David M. Fisher, Jr., DDS, and his dedicated team focus every patient’s treatment plan on prevention. Despite our best efforts in partnership with patients, we can’t always prevent every dental emergency. If you or a loved one need emergency dentistry help, do not hesitate to call our Greensboro dental office. In most cases, we’re able to accommodate treatment for dental emergencies on the same day we’re contacted. If we can’t see you immediately, our team will walk you through caring for your smile over the phone and help you to manage any pain until you can reach our office.
Is My Situation an Emergency?
If you’re in pain, are bleeding heavily, have serious swelling, or are experiencing other impediments to oral health function, the situation needs to be addressed as soon as possible. We always encourage our patients to contact us as soon as possible following dental damage or accidents. It’s always best that we get to work repairing your smile as soon as possible, so don’t hesitate to give our team a call. Some of the dental emergencies we treat most often include the following:
- Broken teeth or dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations
- Bent, broken, ill-fitting, or nonfunctional partial and full dentures
- Soft tissue (gums, tongue, cheek, lips, palate) lacerations
- Severe toothache or sensitivity to heat and cold
- Foreign items stuck between teeth
What Should I Do During an Emergency?
Your first step during a dental emergency is to take a deep breath. Then, pick up the phone and give our team a call. We will walk you through caring for your smile over the phone, but the following are some of the basic first aid and pain management steps you can keep in mind:
- Clean off any damaged areas with cool water, but don’t brush, scrub, or use oral hygiene products unless explicitly directed to do so
- Stop bleeding by applying pressure to the damaged part of the soft tissue using sterile gauze or clean cloth
- Use an ice pack at 20 minute intervals to slow bleeding, relieve pain, and reduce swelling
- Use floss to remove stuck items between teeth, but never use sharp objects or excessive force as you can do serious damage
How can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Not all dental emergencies can be avoided, but there are some habits you can adjust in order to reduce your risk for an emergency, including:
- Brush teeth for at least two minutes at a time twice a day.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste.
- Floss teeth at least once each day to remove plaque between teeth.
- Visit our office two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
- Don’t chew on ice, fingernails, or other hard objects.
- Don’t use teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
Dental emergencies can be shocking, turning the perfect day into a time of trauma and panic. Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, which is why many people have questions about them and what to do next if one occurs. Thankfully, Dr. Fisher has provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry to satisfy your curiosity!
When Should I Go to the ER Versus the Dentist?
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, it’s important to understand where to receive the best care possible. For severe head injuries, jaw trauma, excessive bleeding, and any problems that affect your breathing, you should go to the emergency room immediately. These problems are life threatening and time could play a factor in how well you can recover, which is why it’s vital to head to the ER for assistance as soon as possible.
For other situations like broken teeth, lost fillings, infection that doesn’t affect your breathing, and more, our office should be your first stop. Dr. Fisher can expertly treat a wide range of dental problems to get you out of pain and ensure the health of your smile.
Can a Lost Tooth be Replanted?
Losing a tooth can be incredibly traumatic and not to mention painful. However, the biggest question that patients have is if their tooth can be replanted. The answer is yes, there’s a chance, but you must come into our office as soon after the emergency as possible. If you can get to us within a few hours, there’s a chance that your emergency dentist in Greensboro can successfully replant your tooth. Any longer and he may recommend various restorations like a dental bridge or dental implant.
What Should I Do if My Crown or Filling Comes Loose?
Loose or lost dental restorations can be incredibly painful because they expose the more sensitive inner portion of your tooth. As a quick remedy, you can use dental cement found at your local drug store to cover the affected area and protect your tooth. If you’re really in a bind and can’t find any, you can even use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the area. This will preventive pain and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Once you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office right away for a proper restoration.
How Much Do Dental Emergencies Cost?
The cost of your dental emergency can greatly vary based on the type of problem that you’re having. For example, a simple infection can be treated with antibiotics, whereas a broken tooth will need a restoration. Thankfully, insurance can alleviate some of your out-of-pocket expenses and our friendly team will do their best to maximize your benefits. We never want price to come in between you and quality dental care!