Experienced® Emergency Dentist in Wilmington, NC

We hope that you will never have to visit our office for a dental emergency, but should you or someone in your household need urgent dental care, our experienced Wilmington dental team would be happy to assist. Before you head to our office, we ask that you give us a call beforehand so we can know what to expect when you get to our practice, and we can start clearing our schedule and preparing a treatment room.

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How will I know if what I’m experiencing is a dental emergency?

It’s not always easy to know what dental issues require immediate attention and what can wait until the next scheduled appointment, which is why we always recommend that patients give our office a quick call so our team can advise. The following list is an example of common dental emergencies that require a same-day visit:

  • Unbearable Tooth Pain
  • Excessive Gum Swelling or Bleeding
  • Cracked, Broken, or Dislodged Teeth
  • Loose Adult Teeth
  • Dental Abscess
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What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

The first thing you will want to do is locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown, which is the very top of the tooth. Rinse it off if possible, and then try to place it gently back in the socket and hold it there until you get to our office. If it’s too painful to reinsert the tooth, you can also place it in a cup of milk or saliva, which will help to keep it alive for a while. Getting to our office as quickly as possible is the highest priority, because the faster you can get to an emergency dentist, the higher the chances are that the tooth can be successfully reattached.

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Should I visit an emergency dentist or the emergency room?

When a stressful emergency situation occurs, some patients will immediately head to an emergency room instead of visiting an emergency dentist. If the affliction is gum, tooth, or mouth-related, it’s very likely that an emergency room will not have the tools or experienced team required to assist, and it is better to visit an emergency dentist. If you believe you or a loved one has a broken jaw, or there are more time-sensitive injuries that need to be attended to, then it may make more sense to visit the ER first before coming to our office.

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