At Providence Smiles, we do our best to be prepared for the unexpected. That is why our dentist, Dr. Kwame Gyampo, and our team are happy to offer emergency dentistry in Durham, North Carolina. If you have an urgent oral situation, we strongly recommend that you contact our team as soon as possible so we can provide you treatment. Contact us today at 919-682-4861!

What A Dental Emergency Is

During a dental emergency, you require dental care from a professional as soon as possible. We can help with a variety of dental emergencies. Please contact us for emergency care if you:

  • Are experiencing a lot of pain through intense toothaches
  • Have lost a crown, filling or other dental restoration
  • Have experienced damage to your soft tissues in your mouth
  • Fractured or cracked your tooth
  • Broken or chipped your tooth
  • Partially or completely knocked out your tooth

We help with other dental emergencies as well.

What To Do During a Dental Emergency

In the case of a dental emergency, you should contact us right away. We will make sure to schedule an appointment for you or your loved one as soon as possible. However, if there is head trauma, neck trauma, a broken jaw or other serious injuries involved, you should first seek aid from your medical doctor or the emergency room. If there are any life-threatening injuries involved, please call 911 or visit an emergency room right away.

We offer some instructions on what you can do until you can meet with us. Read below to learn more.

If You Have Chipped or Fractured a Tooth:

  • Rinse off any parts that have broken off of the tooth in tepid water, and make sure to bring it along to the appointment.
  • Use gaze in the bleeding areas. Wait for about ten minutes or until bleeding stops to remove it.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack. This will help reduce swelling.
  • Utilize a topical pain reliever.

If You Have Dislodged or Loosened Teeth:

  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to make the swelling go down.
  • Use a mild pain reliever if necessary.

If You Have Knocked Out a Tooth:

  • Make sure to contact the office immediately, as time is an important factor in seeing if we can replace your tooth.
  • Rinse out your mouth. This helps ensure no tooth shards remain in your mouth.
  • Use an ice pack or compress.
  • Rinse the tooth in water, but do not dry the tooth or use soap. Do not wrap the tooth in anything.
  • Try to place the tooth back in the socket and bite down. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in your cheek pouch or put the tooth in milk, your saliva, a saline solution or water.

If You Have Lost a Crown or a Filling:

  • Clean the crown and keep it in a cool and secure place or use dental cement to attach it to the tooth.
  • Put cement on top of the tooth to help relieve pain.
  • Use clove oil for pain relief by applying it to the tooth.

If You Have a Toothache:

  • Try rinsing your mouth or flossing to relieve a simple toothache.
  • Avoid placing aspirin directly on your teeth or gums.

Contact Us

We care about all of our patients, and we are dedicated to relieving pain and restoring smiles. Contact us right away during a dental emergency so we can help! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an emergency appointment, call us today!

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