Emergency Dental Care in High Point, NC
We treat your dental emergency in High Point, NC.
Dental emergencies happen—often at the most inconvenient times like before your dream vacation, the night before an exam, or on the eve of an important job interview.
Sometimes it’s a toothache—most of the time, in fact. Other times, it’s an injury—sports-related or other.
When you’re hurting, you want and need help fast. We are happy to accommodate you whenever you need an emergency dentist in High Point, NC. And it is always our goal to restore your oral health and relieve your pain as soon as possible.
At Deep River Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer same-day emergency dentistry appointments for patients in High Point to relieve the pain and treat the problem. We’ll also work with you to create a treatment plan to prevent further preventable issues in the future.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Deep River Dentistry will remain open to treat dental emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing a dental emergency in the High Point, NC area, contact our office.
We invite you to continue reading to learn more about our emergency dentistry in High Point, NC.
- Common Types of Dental Emergencies
- What Is Root Canal Treatment?
- Preventing Future Dental Emergencies
- How to Contact Us When Our Dental Office Is Closed
Common Types of Dental Emergencies in High Point, NC
There are all types of dental emergencies, but deep decay and root infections are probably the most common problems that we see in our dental office.
Dental emergencies may include:
- Tooth or restoration knocked out or knocked loose
- Broken tooth or restoration
- Jaw or face swelling
- Toothache, sometimes severe
- Severe tooth sensitivity
- Gum or soft tissue injury
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s helpful to know how to handle your injuries. One step is to contact our emergency dentist in High Point right away by calling (336) 883-1371. We will walk you through what to do next and ask you to come into our dental office right away for a dental emergency appointment.
Meanwhile, here are a few tips to see you through your emergency.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “I broke my tooth—now what?” it’s time to call Deep River Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, so Dr. Bray can see you and treat the issue.
After breaking a tooth, it’s essential to gather up any pieces of the tooth you can find. Gently rinse away any debris and bring the tooth pieces to your emergency dental appointment. Even if you can’t find the broken pieces, come to your emergency appointment anyway. We will discuss repair options such as a tooth crown or tooth replacement.
If your dental emergency involved a knocked-out or “avulsed” tooth, we ask that you come to our dental office as quickly as you can—and we also recommend cleaning the tooth and transporting it in milk or saliva. Restoring a knocked-out tooth is a race against the clock, and our chances of success will be higher the more quickly we see you.
Severe injuries like this cause severe tooth pain, so the faster you get to our dental office, the sooner we can provide pain relief.
If your tooth is too far gone and you require tooth replacement, we offer a variety of options in our dental office, including:
- Dental bridges
- Dentures and partial dentures
- Dental implants
Extreme Tooth Pain
Dental infections can cause sudden and excruciating toothaches. If you’re experiencing intense tooth pain, Dr. Bray will administer potent painkillers when you arrive in our dental office or prescribe medications for you to take at home once we diagnose and treat your dental health problem. It is always our goal to restore your comfort and well-being.
A severe toothache sometimes calls for a root canal treatment.
Other Types of Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies may also include broken restorations or damaged tooth replacements like dentures. And then there are soft tissue injuries. For these types of emergencies, we encourage you to contact our dental office as soon as possible.
If ever you’re not sure whether your situation is a dental emergency, we recommend contacting our dental office. A member of our team can make the best determination for your smile, health, and comfort.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment is the required therapy for severe tooth trauma and deep infection. Typically, the root and pulp of the tooth is compromised, which can lead to severe pain if not caught early by your dentist during a routine dental exam.
Symptoms of root infection may include some or all of the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw and face swelling and pain
- Blister on the gum
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to contact your emergency dentist in High Point, NC as soon as possible. When left untreated, an infection can spread. Also, the sooner we treat your tooth, the likelier you’ll enjoy a successful outcome.
The root canal process is very straightforward. Your dentist numbs the area, gently removes the infected root and pulp from your damaged tooth, and then closes with a wash to promote healing and a temporary filling.
At a follow-up appointment, your dentist provides a permanent filling or a dental crown—a crown if infection compromised the strength of your tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over your tooth to restore stability.
Preventing Future Dental Emergencies in High Point
Preventive dentistry is the foundation for healthy teeth and gums. It is through preventive dentistry that your dentist in High Point helps you lower your risks for future dental health conditions, including dental emergencies.
Preventive dentistry typically means at least two dental health exams and teeth cleanings per year. Exams help your dentist spot emerging dental health conditions and treat these issues before they turn into costly problems. Digital x-rays are part of prevention, and so are our oral cancer screenings.
Teeth cleanings clear away the tartar and bacteria that may lead to gum disease, cavities, and oral infections. Your dental hygienist can also provide tips to help you make the most of your oral care routine at home. An at-home routine is a crucial part of preventive dentistry and the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy between dental visits.
We also recommend wearing the proper mouthguard when playing sports and a quality nightguard if you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism). Grinding and clenching can break down your enamel, lead to tooth wear, promote cavities, and leave your teeth vulnerable to breakage and infection.
Contact Us When Our High Point Dentist Office Is Closed
Since emergencies can happen after regular business hours, we’ve created a plan to help our patients even when our dental practice is closed. If you are a new patient, we cannot guarantee a same-day emergency dental appointment, but we will see you as soon as our schedule has an opening.
To reach us any time, call our regular phone number and follow the directions on the recording for after-hours care. We’ll call you back as soon as possible and make a plan for treatment.
In pain? You don’t have to be. Call (336) 883-1371 now to be seen right away by Dr. Cassidy Bray, your emergency dentist in High Point, NC.