Greensboro Emergency Dentistry Services
Keeping our patients’ smiles whole and healthy is always our top priority, and skilled Greensboro dentist, David M. Fisher, Jr., DMD, 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.