A toothache, broken tooth, or other tooth injury is never convenient. We understand that your urgent needs are not always going to fit within typical office hours, so we offer extended hours in order to serve you when you need it the most. Here at Durham Dental Group, we open early and close late, and we’re even open on Saturdays. Come see us when you need emergency dental care!
Common Dental Emergencies
In the event of a dental injury, you should call your emergency dentist at Durham Dental Group as soon as possible. Here are some common dental emergencies and information on what to do while you wait to be seen.
- Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth – Though a knocked-out tooth is a serious problem, quick action can make all the difference. Be very careful with your tooth. Be sure to avoid the root. Attempt to place the tooth back in the socket, but don’t force it. If it won’t slip back in easily, just keep it moist by placing it in milk or between your cheek and gums.
- Chipped or Cracked Tooth – It’s possible you may not even feel it when your tooth is chipped or cracked. Once you notice the injury, rinse your mouth out with warm water. If you’re bleeding, place gauze on the injury. If you are experiencing pain, try placing a cold compress on the outside of your mouth near the point of injury.
- Bitten or Cut Tongue, Lip, or Cheek – Clean the cut or bite with a cloth. Be very cautious while doing so. You can also rinse your mouth gently with a salt-water concoction, and then place moist gauze on the bleeding. Use ice to relieve pain and swelling.
- Toothache – There are a number of reasons a toothache may occur, so our emergency dentist can help you discover the reason for the pain. If your discomfort is extreme, you should call us as soon as possible. While waiting for help, rinse your mouth with warm water and try removing any food that may be stuck in your teeth. An over-the-counter pain reliever can help provide comfort as you wait for assistance and a cold compress can reduce swelling.
- Food Stuck Between Teeth – Be gentle as you attempt to remove the food, using dental floss rather than a sharp object that could cause injury. If floss is unsuccessful, wait until you can be seen by our team of professionals before attempting another method.
Take advantage of our evening hours. We are here to help you and your loved ones in your time of need! Call Durham Dental Group for your emergency dental care needs.