Dental Emergency Specialist

Burley Dentistry

Erika V. Burley, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlotte, NC

Encountering a dental emergency can be incredibly stressful. Emergencies can occur at any time of the day or night, and are unexpected, by nature. If you find yourself in need of urgent dental care, having a dentist that you know and trust is key to a positive outcome. Dr. Erika Burley offers emergency dental care to her patients in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Be sure to call Burley Cosmetic Dentistry to let them know that you're coming in for an urgent care appointment, or to get information on how to proceed with a dental emergency.

Dental Emergency Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any trauma or condition that leads to severe pain or uncontrolled bleeding in your mouth. These are some of the more common dental emergencies:

  • Broken teeth
  • Gum abscess
  • Pulpal abscess
  • Trauma to tooth or gum tissue
  • Cracked teeth
  • Infection
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding following trauma
  • Knocked-out teeth

Some dental emergencies arise from severely decayed teeth, while others are the result of a traumatic injury.

If you suffer trauma from an auto accident, sports injury, or another type of impact, the first thing to do is to secure your personal safety. Move to a safe location, make an effort to stop any bleeding, and assess your condition to determine if emergency medical care is necessary.

What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?

A tooth that has been knocked out of its socket is called an avulsed tooth. In some cases, the tooth can be saved if the right steps are taken in a swift manner.

The most important thing to do with an avulsed tooth is to keep it moist until you can get to your dentist. Storing the tooth between your cheek and gum tissue is the best option. If your child loses a permanent tooth, it may be better to try another storage option to avoid the risk of swallowing the tooth.

You can also keep your tooth in a small container covered with your saliva. Covering the tooth with a layer of milk is the next best option, but avoid using water to keep it moist.

If your tooth socket is bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze or a clean cloth to stop the flow of blood. It may be possible to place the tooth back into the socket and keep it in place with gauze until you can get to the office.

Can dental emergencies be prevented?

Some types of dental emergencies can be prevented, while others cannot. If you have teeth that show signs of advanced decay, the best way to prevent a painful emergency is to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. Some types of decay have a cumulative effect, and can lead to additional dental issues if left untreated.

If you play sports or engage in fitness activities that pose a risk to your teeth and gums, you should use a custom-fitted mouth guard. These plastic devices mold to the surface of your teeth, providing a cushioning effect in the event of an impact.

If you suffer a dental emergency, try not to panic. Contact Burley Cosmetic Dentistry to set up an urgent care appointment, or to receive detailed instructions on what to do next.