Accidents happen, and while they mostly result in a spilled drink or stubbed toe, occasionally, they can lead to a dental emergency. If you or a loved one knocks out a tooth or develops a painful toothache, all you need to do is call Langworthy Family Dentistry. We offer same-day appointments for emergency dentistry in our Fuquay, Varina, NC dental office, and we can provide fast relief when it counts the most, helping people quickly turn a stressful situation into a distant memory.
What counts as a dental emergency? To make things nice and easy, we recommend giving us a call if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary oral symptoms, whether it be pain, swelling, or changes in the appearance of the teeth or gums. On the phone, we can provide first-aid tips and schedule an immediate appointment if necessary. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to provide some temporary relief and prevent additional damage to the teeth.
Is something caught between the teeth? Gently rinse and floss the area first, and if the pain continues, it’s OK to take an OTC medication. Applying a cold compress to the face in 10-minute intervals can help as well.
Use a clean rag or towel and some light pressure to stop any bleeding. Try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and bring them to our dental office. If the tooth has a sharp edge, be sure to cover it with either some sugarless gum or dental wax to avoid further injury.
Do your best to come see us within an hour of the tooth becoming dislodged, as this gives us the best possible chance of putting it back into place. The tooth needs to stay moist to remain alive, so store it either under the tongue or in a container with milk or saltwater.
While not immediately painful, you should still come to see us relatively quickly if a restoration becomes broken or lost, as this may expose the tooth to bacteria that can cause an infection or pain. Avoid chewing near that area of the mouth and try to place the restoration back onto the tooth if possible (a little dab of toothpaste can help).
Do you experience chronic jaw pain, headaches/migraines, or a stiff neck? The source could be a strained or injured jaw joint, called the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Dr. Langworthy can diagnose this type of issue and treat it directly to provide lasting relief.
Nobody wants to deal with a dental emergency, and these tips will go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones protected:
Many patients are anxious about receiving emergency care because they are worried about the cost. No matter the problem, putting off urgent dental treatment is always a bad idea, as this can allow the issue to get worse, meaning it will likely require more expensive treatment to fix. Acting fast is ideal, plus our team can quickly go over a patient’s options, insurance coverage, and financing to help them get what they need while keeping everything affordable.
Most of the time, if a tooth develops a cavity, it is only going to damage the outer layer, or the enamel. But, if ignored, the bacteria can eventually reach the inner chamber where a sensitive nerve is located. If infected, this can create quite a lot of pain, but we can easily stop it and save the tooth with a root canal, which involves removing the damaged tissue and restoring the tooth. Thanks to Dr. Langworthy’s expertise and our use of anesthetic/sedation, most patients describe feeling next to nothing while in the chair (aside from their pain going away!). – We have been so busy that we’ve been referring a lot of our endo out to the specialist, particularly molar endo. So we may want something along the lines of us making sure they’re always in the best hands for the highest quality result and at times that means referral to a specialist.
While our team will do everything we can to help a patient preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible, sometimes, a tooth can be so damaged that there is no saving it. In this case, Dr. Langworthy can perform an extraction while ensuring a patient remains comfortable throughout the entire process. Beforehand, she can help someone choose a replacement as well so that the gap can be filled as quickly as possible.