In the event of a dental emergency, please contact Dr. Greg Reece’s Charlotte, NC dental office at 704.486.8911.
Accidents happen, and when it involves your mouth, it can be painful. If your emergency is happening during business hours, call our office to discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment. We will return your message as soon as possible and attempt to schedule your appointment for the next day. If your emergency is after hours you can still call our office number.
We will work with you to contact Dr. Reece or other emergency dentists for emergency dental treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our goal is to get you into our dental office and relieve pain as soon as we can. Dr. Reece will provide a thorough oral exam and determine the best route for treatment.
Call 911 if you are experiencing severe pain or bleeding. Some emergencies require medical care.
Dr. Reece will work with you every step of the way to ensure that we address your dental problems in a timely manner. Our team offers a full range of emergency dental care services.
Dr. Reece may recommend a tooth extraction, dental crowns, tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. These cosmetic and restorative options address tooth damage or lost teeth and will restore your smile. Addressing your dental issues in a timely manner is important to your total health.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Learn about what to do in a dental emergency before receiving professional dental care.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to fight your tooth pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Reece if pain persists and apply a cold compress if you are experiencing swelling. In severe cases, the cause of your pain may be from tooth decay which we can in our office.
If you have a knocked out tooth, contact our office immediately. If possible, locate the lost tooth and pick it up by the crown (the part that sits above the gums). Gently rinse the root in water if it is dirty, but do not scrub or remove the attached tissue fragments. You can place the lost tooth in a container of saliva or warm milk. You can also use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth if there is pain or swelling in your gums.
Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they return to the socket within one hour of the accident. We can try to restore the tooth or use other methods for missing teeth such as dental implants.
With a chipped or broken tooth, clean the area gently by rinsing it with water. Use over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses placed on the outside of the mouth to deal with the tooth pain. Do not place anything directly on the damaged area of the tooth. Tooth bonding or porcelain veneers are great treatments that repair chipped teeth for a seamless finish.
Broken dental crown, filling, or bridge
Contact us as soon as possible and bring the broken crown, bridge, or filling with you. Do not use temporary measures such as glue to replace the filling or crown. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort. Dr. Reece will help you decide the best treatment plan for replacing the dental restoration.
He may reattach the crown or bridge, or may recommend a new restoration. Dr. Reece will conduct a thorough exam to decide the best possible treatment options for you.
If you have a toothache, contact us as soon as possible. You may try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek may alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may damage the gum tissue.
If you suspect you have an abscess, contact our office immediately. An abscess is a potentially serious condition that can worsen with time. It can spread infection to the rest of your body. To ease discomfort, try rinsing with a mild saltwater solution. Do not attempt to open or drain the abscess.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Can a dentist pull a tooth that is broken off at the gum line?
If the crown of your tooth breaks off at the gum line, an oral surgeon will have to remove it. This means that our oral surgeon will most likely sedate you or use an anesthetic for this type of procedure. It can be uncomfortable.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
If you are dealing with extreme tooth pain and cannot get in touch with your dentist, the first thing to do is rinse your mouth with saltwater. This soothes irritation. Taking an OTC pain medication will also help to relieve pain.
What is the most common dental emergency?
Having a toothache is the most common dental emergency. There are many causes of a toothache including a cavity or even teeth grinding. If you to have a toothache, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then floss the area around the tooth to see if any food is stuck and causing irritation.
Schedule a Consultation with our Dentist in Charlotte, NC
Do you have a dental emergency? Call Dr. Reece’s Mallard Creek dental office at 704-486-8911 or schedule an appointment for comprehensive care today. Dr. Reece and the professionals at Dentistry of the Queen City in Charlotte, NC provide high-quality care to patients and can solve complex dental cases.