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If you have a broken or lost tooth, or if there’s pain in your mouth that just doesn’t seem to go away, you need to act fast; waiting too long could lead to needing more advanced procedures and, in the worst case scenario, could cause you to lose teeth. Here at Cary Dental Rejuvenation, Dr. Singh will work quickly to relieve your pain and stop the damage from growing worse. Call us immediately as soon as you notice that something is wrong for emergency dentistry in Cary, NC.
Why Choose Cary Dental Rejuvenation for Emergency Dentistry?
- Advanced Technology for Accurate Diagnoses and Effective Treatment
- Dentist Experienced in the Fields of Restorative and Implant Dentistry
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Step one should always be to make an appointment; dental emergencies will not get better unless they’re treated, and the chances of success are much higher if the issue is addressed as early as possible. When you call our dental office, we can give you advice for staying comfortable and avoiding further injury until we can see you. Since it pays to be prepared, here are some first aid tips for dealing with some of the most common dental emergencies.
While there are a few different reasons for tooth pain, you should assume it’s an emergency if the discomfort is severe or lasts for more than two days. You can use over-the-counter painkillers and ice packs to keep the discomfort and swelling under control while you wait for treatment. If you are experiencing a toothache, call us immediately. We are also available by phone after hours and weekends, and Dr. Singh will perform a thorough diagnosis to alleviate pain and discomfort.
Avoid swallowing any broken pieces and try to save them if you can; in most cases, we can try and repair your tooth, although an extraction might need to be considered if the damage is too severe. If you notice any bleeding, hold a piece of gauze over the area for about ten minutes.
Find the tooth and carefully pick it up by the end that’s used for chewing. (Touching the root could damage it and prevent replanting.) Reinsert it into its socket if you can; if that fails, save it in a glass of milk instead. You should try to reach our dental office in less than an hour.
Apply clove oil to your tooth if it’s feeling sensitive. If the crown is still intact, you can reattach it with dental cement. (Note that this is a temporary solution and is no substitution for professional treatment.) Avoid chewing with your damaged tooth, and only eat soft foods until your restoration can be repaired.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Avoid biting down on hard objects, like fingernails and peppermints, that could crack your teeth. You should also always use scissors or another tool to open packages instead of using your mouth. When playing sports, always wear a mouthguard to lower the risk of injury.
Several emergencies can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Be sure to brush twice a day, and always include flossing as part of your daily routine. You’ll also have a much greater chance of avoiding oral health problems if you see Dr. Singh for checkups and cleanings once every six months.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
A patient with a toothache will need a different kind of treatment than one who lost their tooth altogether. We’ll walk you through your treatment plan and provide a reliable estimate of the cost. Remember that the most important thing is to relieve your pain and restore your oral health; if the issue isn’t properly addressed now, it could require a much more costly procedure later. Always put the overall safety of your smile first!
Dental Emergency FAQs
If you’re searching for an emergency dentist in Cary who can quickly treat your injury and offer personalized care, Dr. Singh and the team at Cary Dental Rejuvenation are here to help. We know it can take time to find the right individual who can address various types of dental accidents, and we also understand you probably have many questions about how we can help you. To provide as many answers as possible, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to dental emergencies. After reviewing the following information, please feel free to contact us with any additional inquires you might have.
If the pain goes away on its own, should I still seek help?
Yes! Pain is not always a symptom of a serious problem, but if it is and dissipates after a day or two, it is advisable that you still contact us. Just because the pain goes away does not mean there is not an underlying problem. Although not always the case, Dr. Singh can look beneath the surface of your smile with dental X-rays to determine if decay or damage has occurred underneath the gum line. By choosing to seek help, you will put yourself in a much better position should there be a problem than if you were to ignore the lack of pain and forgo possible treatment.
Is it necessary to have a root canal?
If you have a severe toothache that proves to be infected and has reached the inner layer of your tooth (the pulp), Dr. Singh will evaluate to determine if the tooth is savable or not. If so, a root canal will need to be performed to remove the infected pulp and cover the weakened tooth with a dental crown. This will help to restore the natural tooth structure and protect it from reinfection. However, if the tooth is unable to be saved, it will be necessary for Dr. Singh and his team to extract the tooth.
If I’m not insured, should I avoid dental emergency care?
It is never advisable to avoid dental care of any kind, as this can lead to serious oral and overall health problems. When it comes to a dental emergency like a chipped or knocked-out tooth or even an abscess, it is always best to seek immediate treatment as soon as possible. If you are uninsured, our team will be happy to assist in identifying other ways in which you can pay for your care. Our Smile Savings Plan can help you and your family receive the treatment you need at an affordable price.
Are there scenarios that would require a trip to the ER instead of the dentist’s office?
There are only a few scenarios that warrant a visit to the ER instead of your dentist’s office. These include:
- Facial trauma (i.e. broken or fractured jawbone)
- Increased swelling of the neck, face, or jaw that can hinder your ability to breathe and/or swallow
- Continuous bleeding from the mouth that does not cease
Otherwise, Dr. Singh and his team are fully trained and equipped to handle all types of dental emergencies, and they can give you the personalized care you need with start-to-finish treatment.