Premier Smiles offers Same-Day Emergency Dental Care in Charlotte, NC
Dr. Marcus Jean and our team want to ensure the continued health and safety of our patients so we prioritize emergency patients to treat their urgent cases as soon as possible. We offer same-day emergency services to patients in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
Call Premier Smiles for Immediate Emergency Care Near You
When a dental emergency strikes, it can interfere with work and other responsibilities. Many dental issues cannot be resolved without the intervention of a dental professional. Avoid prolonged suffering and treat your dental pain as soon as possible. Contact our practice right away to schedule a same day visit with Dr. Jean and his team.
Common Dental Emergencies Dr. Marcus Jean Can Treat Same Day
Our Charlotte dental office is equipped to handle dental emergencies. We prioritize emergency cases because patient health is our top priority. Here are some examples of common dental emergencies that can be treated the same day:
- Toothaches, AKA Pulpitis - When the inner chamber of a tooth is infected and inflamed, the tooth is suffering from pulpitis. It is called as such because the pulp is the part that is damaged. This pain can interfere with eating and speaking and interrupt daily
- Abscesses - The gum tissue surrounding the roots of our teeth can become infected and develop an abscess. This usually occurs as a result of extensive tooth decay. Symptoms include pain, fever, redness, swelling, and a bad taste in the mouth. Abscesses
affect overall health, and if left untreated can threaten the health of other teeth.
- Cracked Tooth -The teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Sometimes fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be extreme. Fractures, cracks, and breaks
can take several different forms, but are generally caused by trauma, grinding, and biting. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is no alternative but to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible.
Where a segment of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:
- Call our office.
- Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
- Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
- Place a cold, damp dish towel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
- Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot see us immediately.
- Take a topical pain reliever.
The nature of the break or fracture will limit what we are able to do. If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy is often the most effective way to retain the tooth. In the case of a complete break, your dentist will usually
affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.
When a tooth is knocked out, there are a few important steps to follow that increase its chances of reattachment.
First, one must keep in mind the delicacy of the tooth. The nerves are what securely connect the roots to the gums. Without them, the tooth will not be able to reattach.
- Call our office.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT touch the root.
- If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
- If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
- Get to our office, quickly and safely.
- In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.
Bring the tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. We will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket.
Dr. Marcus Jean will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy might be required.
Lost filling or crown
Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying.
The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.
If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that we can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time,
the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.
- When we are not immediately accessible, here are the steps to take:
- Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
- Clean the crown, and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy.
- If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
- DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.
- We will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.
Call Premier Smiles for Emergency Dental Care
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the aforementioned dental emergencies, please contact our office immediately. We can see you the same day and fix your ailment.