Emergency Dental Care

Are you having a dental emergency?

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If you suspect that you are experiencing a dental emergency in or around Denver, NC, kindly reach out to us immediately at (980) 222-7501 to schedule an appointment. In case it is outside our regular office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), or we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message describing your dental emergency, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

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Cost of a Dental Emergency in Denver, NC

Our dental emergency care follows the same payment policies as our regular dental practices. We aim to keep our dental emergency care affordable and accessible to everyone. Our financial page will contain a comprehensive list of accepted insurance providers, modes of payment, and other relevant payment details.

Insurance and Financial Information

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What is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies refer to any pressing dental issue that demands immediate action to manage bleeding, preserve a tooth, address a critical infection, or alleviate severe pain. Serious infections or tooth abscesses have the potential to be life-threatening and you should call your dentist immediately. If we are unable to be reached, seek urgent care at the nearest medical facility.

If any of the following statements apply to you, you are having a dental emergency and should contact us immediately.

  • I have a toothache and swelling in my cheeks or face.
  • My jaw is injured.
  • My teeth are extremely sensitive and the sensitivity will not subside.
  • My tooth is loose or out of alignment.
  • I had a tooth knocked out.
  • My tooth has been chipped or cracked.
  • My mouth is bleeding and won’t stop.
  • I’m in extreme pain or am experiencing severe swelling in my gums, mouth, or jaw.

Home Care for Dental Emergencies

  • What if my tooth gets knocked out?

    • Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), NOT by the root—do not touch the root.
    • Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
    • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
    • If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
    • Contact your dentist right away—the faster you act, the more likely it is that your tooth will be able to be reimplanted.
  • What if my tooth is loose but still attached?

    If you have a loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment, contact us right away to get an appointment setup as soon as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in its original position by very gently positioning the tooth with your fingers—do not force it. We will advise on if there is anything else you should do in the meantime, prior to your appointment.

  • What if I have a chipped or cracked tooth?

    If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, contact your dentist right away. Chipped teeth that aren’t painful can usually be smoothed out or filled in at a regular dental appointment.  A cracked tooth typically indicates that there’s damage to the inside of the tooth, as well as the outside. If your tooth is cracked please follow these steps, after contacting your dentist.

    • Rinse your mouth with warm water
    • Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling
    • Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) to alleviate pain
    • Do NOT apply any pain medication—including Orajel—directly to the gums, as it can damage gum tissue

More Questions?

Dental emergencies can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Contact our office right away if you have any other questions about emergency dental care.

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Summit Family Dentistry

275 North Highway 16 Suite 101
Denver, NC 28037
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Hours

Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Tue: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Fri: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Phone

(980) 222-7501

Fax

(844) 410-8872

Email Address

office@summitfamilydentist.com