Emergency Dentistry in Mooresville, NC

There are times when you cannot wait for your next scheduled dental checkup for your general dental care. When you wake up with a severe toothache or have an accident that damages a tooth, you need immediate dental care. At Curtis Family Dentistry, we understand that not all dental appointments can be scheduled in advance, especially when you have a dental emergency. We offer emergency dentistry at our office in Mooresville, often with same day appointments. There are many circumstances that require immediate dental care. Trauma is the most common. When your child breaks a tooth playing sports or a crown is knocked loose in a car accident, you should not wait to see a dentist. Other emergency dental situations include lost fillings, severe tooth pain or cracks in teeth. These types of issues should be treated right away to stop any pain and prevent further damage to your teeth.

Urgent Dental Care

Dental emergencies can be painful and frightening, especially for children. At Curtis Family Dentistry, we want to make urgent dental care as comfortable and stress-free for our patients as possible. Our friendly team is available whenever you have a dental emergency. Call our office, and we will find an opening to care for your urgent dental issue. When you arrive, we will make you or your family member comfortable and relieve any pain while we assess the problem. Often, we can repair the issue the same day or offer a temporary solution until we can permanently fix your tooth problem. When your family has a dental emergency, contact Curtis Family Dentistry first. We accept new and existing patients for emergency dentistry, often with same day availability. Our office accepts most dental plans and has flexible payment options to help mitigate the costs of unexpected dental care.

Should I go to the hospital or see an emergency dentist?

If your injury is tooth, gum, or jaw-related, you should head to a dental practice that offers emergency dentistry. Many emergency rooms lack the tools and expertise required to handle problems that are related to oral health, and you may just end up with a prescription for pain medication and a referral to an emergency dentist. If you have extensive injuries that are more time-sensitive than your dental emergency, you should head to the hospital first. If you are unsure, please give our office a call.

What can I do for tooth pain?

If your tooth pain is unbearable or it never lets up at all, please visit our office right away. If you are experiencing a mild to moderate toothache, we recommend holding a cold compress over the affected area to help numb the pain. You can also try adding ½ a teaspoon of regular table salt to a cup of warm (not hot) water and swishing it around your mouth for at least 10 seconds. Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication can also provide relief for toothaches and general tooth and gum pain.

What if I just chipped a tooth?

A broken or cracked tooth is considered a dental emergency because leaving the inside of a tooth exposed can lead to infection, as bacteria can easily access the nerves inside the tooth. If a tooth is slightly chipped however, you most likely will not need to make an emergency dental appointment with our team. As long as you are not in pain or bleeding, you can make a convenient appointment for a later date to fix the chip. If you have any questions or concerns, our front office is available to help!

What is considered a dental emergency?

The best way to determine if you need emergency assistance is by calling our office so our team can advise. However, if you are experiencing any of the following issues, you will likely want to make an emergency dental appointment with our team and come see us right away.

  • Unbearable Pain
  • Persistent Swelling or Bleeding
  • Cracked, Broken, or Dislodged Tooth
  • Lost Dental Restoration
  • Dental Abscess

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