Emergency Dental Care
If you have a dental emergency, the first thing to do is stop any bleeding and protect the injured tooth or area. Then you should contact an emergency dentist. At Avason Family Dentistry in Denver, NC, we provide emergency dental care for a range of issues, including oral pain and injuries to the teeth, gums, or other areas of the mouth. Dr. Frank Avason can alleviate symptoms and restore the health of your smile. In many cases, we can see you the same-day for treatment.
Call our office at (704) 820-9797 right away for emergency dental care.
Do I Have an Emergency?
You should seek treatment right away if you have a:
- Knocked out tooth
- Jaw injury
- Punctured lip
- Possible fracture of the jaw
If you think you might have a dental emergency, you probably do. It is best to contact our office right away to find out if your injury can wait or needs immediate attention.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
The first step is to control any bleeding. Apply pressure or use a cold compress to slow or stop blood flow. Once bleeding slows, rinse your mouth and try to assess the extent of your injury. Depending on the type of injury, there are some steps you can take before visiting our office to protect your oral health.
If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office right away at (704) 820-9797.
Losing an Adult Tooth
Knocking out a permanent tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies. You have a small window of about one to two hours where your tooth can be replaced. If you act quickly, you have a good chance of saving your tooth. Contact our office immediately or visit an emergency room as soon as possible after knocking out a tooth.
While you wait for care, you should:
- Avoid touching the tooth root
- Rinse the tooth with milk
- Refrain from wiping the tooth
- Keep the tooth moist in a glass of milk or between your cheek and gums
You can also try replacing your tooth into the socket in the gums. Do not try to force it into place. If it does not go in easily, see a professional.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Gather any lost pieces of your tooth and schedule an appointment at our office. Until your appointment, you can protect your oral health and relieve discomfort by:
- Rinsing your mouth with warm water
- Using a cold pack to reduce swelling
- Taking an over-the-counter pain medication
- Applying pressure to any bleeding areas
The severity of the crack or break will affect how quickly you need to visit Dr. Avason.
Injury to the Lips or Tongue
Biting your tongue or cheek is a common issue. In many cases, these soft tissues bleed excessively, making the injury seem much worse than it is. Start by rinsing gently with water and applying a cold compress to slow bleeding. If the injury continues to bleed heavily or you have fully punctured your lip, contact our office right away or visit an emergency room.
Oral pain can stem from a wide range of issues. If you experience sudden discomfort but are not sure of the cause, you should visit our office. Dr. Avason can examine your smile and rule out infection or other serious issues. We can also provide treatment to restore the comfort of your smile.
Get the Care You Need
Dental emergencies can be stressful, which is why we provide emergency care. If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office right away at (704) 820-9797. A member of our team can assess your symptoms and determine whether you need emergency treatment.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III