How to Handle a Dental Emergency


If you have a dental emergency, it’s important you visit James M. Wells, DDS, PA for care as soon as possible. A chipped or cracked tooth can gather bacteria in those areas, potential causing an infection that will end up needing a root canal. Even if you can manage your pain, bleeding or swelling at home you will need to visit our office for immediate treatment in order to fight any infections and minimize any damage to your mouth, teeth, or gums.

24/7 Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours! That’s why Dr. James Wells and the Wells Team are happy to offer emergency dental care 7 days a week, around the clock. Don’t hesitate to visit us day or night. When you arrive at our office, we do have some helpful steps you can take if you end up with a broken tooth, or biting through your tongue, or have any dental emergency.

Managing Your Dental Emergency

In order to keep your discomfort under control until or emergency teams can treat you, start by checking your affected tooth for inflammation, bleeding or any other foreign objects. Flossing can help remove any food that may be lodged in the gum. Place a cold compress against your mouth, or use an over-the-counter oral numbing agent to help control some of the pain.

Some dental emergencies are extremely time sensitive and require immediate attention. If you have a tooth knocked out, you will need to carefully clean it with water and place the tooth back into its socket or store it in a cup of milk. Never pick a tooth up by the root or try to force in back into the socket. Your tooth will need to be replaced within a short amount of time so you will need to come straight to our office. If you bite through your lip or tongue you will need to clean the area very carefully, as recommended by the American Dental Association, before quickly arriving at our emergency dental office.

Remember, there is no reason you should live with discomfort. By visiting our Morehead City, NC office immediately in an emergency, you can take control of your oral health comfortably and safely.

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