Contact Us if You Have a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies happen to the best of us.

If you are in pain, have lost a tooth, or have suffered an injury to your mouth, give us a call right away. Even if you have not been a patient of ours in the past, we have flexibility during our normal office hours to accommodate emergencies such as a toothache, infection, broken tooth, or injury.

Unsure of whether your situation is an emergency? Give us a call for that, too. We can help you determine whether you need to be seen immediately or if it can wait until a scheduled appointment.

Call Us for Your Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies often happen because of toothache. Suffering patients soon realize they have a difficult time focusing on anything but the pain in their mouths.

Most often, toothaches occur as a result of decay, deep in the pulp of the tooth. Gum infections or abscesses can also cause toothaches, as can a tooth that is cracked. A filling that comes out can also cause tooth pain.

Injury from a blow to the mouth can cause teeth to crack, break, or fall out completely. It's important to seek immediate care should you suffer this kind of emergency.

Assessing Whether or Not Your Situation Is an Emergency

We frequently see patients who complain of a severe toothache. In many cases, there is pain because of an infection in the pulp of the tooth; often, this means a root canal is necessary to save the tooth. We will be able to determine if this is the case by taking an x-ray.

Some situations might be uncomfortable but do not necessarily constitute a dental emergency. These include:

  • Losing a crown or filling
  • Having food stuck between your teeth
  • Experiencing pain in your mouth that is more annoying than severe

Regardless of your situation, give us a call and we will see you as soon as possible—within hours rather than days or weeks!

Preventing Future Dental Emergencies

Often, dental emergencies come up because patients have procrastinated on getting preventive care on a regular basis.

We are not here to make you feel guilty about skipping regular dentist appoints. Rather, it is our goal to take care of your issue quickly when you come in, particularly if it is causing you pain or embarrassment, and discuss follow-up treatment as necessary.  

We understand that patients often skip going to the dentist out of fear, but a lack of preventive care is one of the primary reasons for dental emergencies. If fear has kept you from seeing the dentist or you have had a bad experience in the past, we can use any number of sedation options with you, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. With our dentists’ gentle care and conscious sedation, you may not even remember your appointment.

Call Us When You Experience a Dental Emergency

Call our Morganton dental office, Mary Huffman Family Dentistry, or our Lenoir dental office, Lenoir Family Dentistry, if you need emergency care!