Dental Emergencies

It seems like dental emergencies always pop up at the wrong times and can wreak havoc on work and school schedules. At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we treat dental emergencies with urgency, so that you can feel relief – both physically and emotionally.

When Is a Dental Emergency Urgent?

Sometimes it’s tricky to determine if you need an immediate dental appointment, especially without the guidance of your dentist. We welcome you to get in touch with our Swansboro dental office any time you have a dental emergency, and we can provide the guidance you need.

If you have an auto accident or another type of trauma, a trip to the emergency room or a call to 911 might be necessary to rule out any head, neck, or back injury that could take precedence. Otherwise, here are a few situations that require an immediate dental appointment.

  • Pain – Any time you feel pain, it is your body’s warning system. Ignoring discomfort can quickly result in a more complex situation.
  • Swelling – Swelling is a sign of infection. In addition to putting your tooth at risk, any type of infection puts your overall health at risk.
  • A broken tooth - Breaking a tooth requires an immediate evaluation since the protective enamel is compromised.
  • A knocked-out tooth – We can often save your tooth if you act fast. Keep it moist and avoid touching the root.

Non-Urgent Dental Emergencies

In other cases, we might be able to arrange a convenient time to treat your dental emergency in the next couple of days.

Something stuck in the gums – Flossing will often dislodge any foreign objects. Stubborn particles, like popcorn hulls, might require the professional instruments used by your hygienist.

Sensitivity – Sometimes sensitivity occurs because of teeth grinding or an uneven bite. Gum recession also causes teeth to feel more sensitive to cold.

Broken crowns and fillings – A broken restoration opens teeth to bacteria and should be addressed within a few days. In most cases, we will replace the restoration rather than repair it.

Broken dentures and partials – We know living without your denture or partial can be difficult, but we should check out your removable appliance quickly, so you can eat and feel confident again.

When to See a Specialist

While we can treat most dental emergencies here in our Swansboro dental office, we may occasionally require the assistance of an oral surgeon or endodontist. In cases where a referral becomes necessary, we work closely with some of the finest and trusted specialists in the area. We will follow up on your care and ensure that you have healed properly.

Experiencing a Toothache?

We can help. Our caring and experienced dental team will quickly resolve your issue and have you back on track to smiling again fast. Give us a call.