Emergency Dental Care in Fayetteville, NC
The mouth is a vulnerable part of the body, so injury or extreme tooth decay may occur. If you’re experiencing severe or sudden pain, this can make it hard for you to focus on the tasks at hand. Luckily, our staff at Westlake Family Dentistry know exactly what to do in emergency dental situations and will provide you with immediate care if necessary.
Dr. Mike Choe and his team want your teeth and gums to be as healthy as possible. That’s why we offer urgent care and will fit you into the schedule as soon as possible to restore your smile.
Relief is Just One Call Away
Certain dental issues are urgent and should be cared for right away, which is why we’re open six days a week. You can call us at 910-864-2944 to speak with a member of our team so that we can have you come in as soon as possible. We’re open Monday through Friday 9am-6pm, and Saturdays 9am-4pm.
Once you come to our office for emergency dental care, we’ll ensure your mouth is taken care of in a timely manner. To ensure the financial aspect isn’t a stressful part of your visit, we accept most major dental insurance plans as well as payment plans. Visit our financial page to see a full list of the payment methods we offer.
Emergency Tooth Extractions and Oral Surgery
Cracked, chipped, or decayed teeth can affect your entire smile, and should be taken care of as soon as possible. After Dr. Choe examines your tooth, he’ll determine if it can be repaired or not. If it can’t be saved, he’ll likely extract the tooth to avoid additional damage to the rest of your teeth.
We’ll numb the area around your tooth before we remove it so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, Dr. Choe will discuss additional treatment options to replace your tooth.
Emergency Fillings and Crowns Repair
Fillings and crowns are made of strong material, but they can become damaged or cracked over time due to poor oral hygiene or biting into something hard. If you’re experiencing sudden pain or notice that your restoration is damaged, contact our office right away. Dr. Choe can remove the old filling or crown and place a new one.
Until you’re able to get to our office, make sure the affected tooth remains clean. You can do this by rinsing the area with saltwater and not eating or drinking anything until the tooth is repaired. If you wait too long to have your filling or crown replaced, decay can reoccur and lead to possible tooth loss.
Emergency Root Canal Therapy
When bacteria infects a tooth, it can only get worse over time. Eventually, it’ll cause extreme pain that can seem unbearable. If this sounds like your situation, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us right away. Dr. Choe can perform an emergency root canal as soon as possible.
During this procedure, he’ll remove the infected pulp and fill your tooth with a specialized dental material. He’ll also cover it with a crown to ensure the tooth remains strong and protected.
Emergency Dental Implants and Dentures Care
Have your dentures suddenly become loose? Since they aren’t directly attached to your jawbone and are attached to your gums instead, it’s possible for your dentures to become ill-fitting and shift around. If this happens, we recommend that you come into our office so we can reattach your dentures that same day.
While dental implants are a more secure option, complications can occur with them as well. These may include:
Infection — like with any procedure, bacteria can enter the surgical site during implant placement or while they’re healing
Nerve damage — there are many small nerves attached to your teeth and gums, and if one of them is damaged during the procedure, you may experience temporary numbness
Sinus problems– these may occur if dental implants placed on your upper jaw protrude into your sinus cavities.
If any of these complications occur after you receive dental implants, Dr. Choe can evaluate them and suggest ways to speed up the healing process.
Emergency Orthodontic Care
Are your braces causing you pain or protruding into your gums? While a little discomfort is normal right after receiving our six-month smile braces, the pain shouldn’t extend for longer than a week. If it does, we may need to readjust them or even replace them.
We’re open on Saturdays and accept walk-ins for those who need their braces fixed immediately.
Emergency Pediatric Care
If your child is expressing pain in their mouth, they may be in need of emergency dental care. Whether they’ve injured any of their teeth or are suffering from a toothache, we’re happy to help alleviate their pain and fix their smile. Although their baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s crucial that they maintain a healthy smile from an early age.
Dr. Choe is an experienced pediatric dentist who will make sure that your child is calm and comfortable the entire time that they’re in our office.
Contact Dr. Choe Today
Are you in need of emergency dental care? We offer emergency dental services from filling repairs to tooth extractions. Contact our office at 910-864-2944 if you’re experiencing any of the situations listed above. Our friendly staff is ready to help eliminate your pain by scheduling you an appointment with Dr. Choe as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes a dental emergency?
If you experience tooth or mouth damage, pain, or swelling that home remedies like a cold compress or a topical anesthetic don’t alleviate, you have a dental emergency. The most common dental emergencies seen at Westlake Family Dentistry are:
What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?
If a tooth is knocked out, the first thing you should do is retrieve it, if possible. Be sure to pick the tooth up by its crown, not the roots. Rinse the tooth gently, then store it in a container with milk to keep the roots moist.
Contact our office right away by calling (910) 864-2944 and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience. To increase the chances of a successful replantation, you’ll want to respond within a timely manner.
How can I prevent dental emergencies?
Sometimes accidents happen. That’s why it’s important to be prepared ahead of time to help prevent emergency situations. In addition our patient-friendly tips, Dr. Choe recommends that you:
By focusing on prevention, we can treat any issues before they become problematic and require more invasive treatments or emergency dental care.
What if I lose a crown or filling?
If you have lost a dental restoration such as a dental crown or filling, contact our office immediately. Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain at the site, it’s important to have the restoration and surrounding tissues examined to determine the extent of the damage and make any repairs. Postponing treatment may cause further damage and lead to more invasive procedures in the future.