24-Hour Emergency Dental Services
At Clayton Smiles, we know that dental emergencies are upsetting for everyone—especially parents of young children. If you or a loved one has a toothache, broken or infected tooth, lost dental crown, or another urgent dental problem, we are here for you!
Call our Clayton dental office at (919) 553-7695 to let us know what’s happening, and we will make your tooth emergency a priority.
Dental Emergencies that Need Immediate Care
A dental emergency is any oral health problem where immediate or prompt treatment is needed to relieve your pain and protect your oral health. There are all types of dental emergencies, but three that need immediate attention are severe tooth pain, tooth infection or abscess, and dental trauma.
Severe Tooth Pain
If you have an excruciating, throbbing toothache that makes functioning difficult, you’re likely at imminent risk of tooth loss due to decay or infection. In this case, our emergency dentists in Clayton will relieve your pain and take steps to save the tooth with a filling or root canal.
Tooth Infection or Abscess
Dental infections are serious because they put you at risk for tooth loss, and an unattended tooth infection can become life-threatening if left too long.
Some common signs of a root canal infection are tooth pain, jaw pain and swelling, and a bad odor or taste in your mouth. If you are in pain and think you have an infected or abscessed tooth, you may need an emergency root canal to save it.
Dental trauma can involve a blow to the mouth that breaks a tooth or knocks it out of its socket altogether. If a tooth gets knocked out, we must see you right away. We have only about two hours where we might be able to re-implant the tooth. Call our Clayton dental office to let us know what happened and so we can provide instructions and prepare for your arrival.
Emergencies to Treat as Soon as Possible
Other dental emergencies may not require immediate treatment but still need to be seen promptly. Call Clayton Smiles so our knowledgeable team can assess your needs and schedule you for an appointment within the next day or two.
A mild, occasional twinge of pain tells us that you may have a cavity that's getting close to the nerve. Call us, and we’ll get you on the schedule for our next open appointment.
Broken Tooth and Lost Dental Crowns and Fillings
A broken tooth should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage, but immediate treatment may not be necessary. Other common dental emergencies that are less urgent are lost dental crowns or fillings.
Bleeding or Swollen Gums
If you notice swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis or gum disease. Untreated gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral and general health, so you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible so Dr. Kate or Dr. Adam can take a look.
Emergency Dentistry in Clayton, NC
If you are in pain and need an emergency dentist, call Clayton Smiles at (919) 553-7695, so we can provide the relief you need as soon as possible.