24-Hour Emergency Dentistry in Durham, NC

man in pain after dental emergency A dental emergency can be stressful, but The Smile Shop team is here for you! Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, and we’re available to help!

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 and seek emergency care immediately.

Examples of a Dental Emergency

Here are a few examples of emergencies you may experience:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Loose tooth
  • Tooth that has been knocked out
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling of the mouth or gums
  • Dental trauma

Dental Emergencies often arise from trauma. A tooth can become fractured or broken with an injury to the face and mouth. It is also possible for a tooth to be knocked loose or entirely out.

If there is trauma to the lips, gums, or face, it’s essential to stop the bleeding. Compression with a cool, damp cloth will encourage the bleeding to slow and stop.

tooth and medical kit illustrationWhat to Do with a Broken Tooth

If you experience a chipped tooth, gather broken pieces and call The Smile Shop as soon as possible. Our team may be able to repair the tooth with a dental crown, veneer, or tooth-colored bonding. A thorough examination is required to determine a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

What to Do with a Knocked-Out Tooth

For a tooth that has been knocked loose or knocked out, it is best to seek care right away. The sooner we can treat you, the better the chance of saving a tooth. If possible, replace the tooth back in the socket. Call us immediately for further assistance.

Severe Decay and Infections

Severe tooth decay or dental infections are other sources of dental emergencies. Pain with chewing, hot and cold sensitivity, or swelling around a tooth indicates a need for an emergency dental appointment.

Toothaches come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from a slight dull ache to sharp pain that can wake you up from a night’s sleep. Tooth pain occur when the nerve of the tooth or the tissue surrounding the tooth is affected.

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Throbbing, sharp or aching pain
  • Foul tasting drainage from tooth or gums
  • Swelling around the tooth or gums
  • Fever or a headache

What to Do If You Have a Toothache or Swelling

It is important to seek care immediately. It’s very unlikely that a toothache will go away on its own. If an infection is present, it can spread to other areas of the body and cause complications, so it’s important to treat as soon as possible.

Please Contact Us Right Away!

The most important rule to follow if you are experiencing a dental emergency is call us at The Smile Shop and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We are available 24hours a day to assist you and your needs. Simply call our office phone number, even after hours, to reach one of our team members.