Emergency dental care is the immediate treatment of unexpected and urgent dental problems, such as severe tooth pain, broken or knocked-out teeth, or severe swelling. These services are typically provided outside regular business hours and may be offered on weekends or holidays.
Emergency dental care is essential because it allows patients to receive prompt treatment for their dental issues, which can help to alleviate pain, prevent further damage to teeth or gums, and prevent more serious complications from developing. According to the North Carolina Oral Health Section, In 2019-2020, there were about 756,000 emergency department visits for dental issues in North Carolina!
Importance of emergency dental care on weekends
It is beneficial for dentists to be open for emergencies on weekends because it allows patients to receive prompt treatment for their dental issues outside of regular business hours. This can help to alleviate pain, prevent further damage to teeth or gums, and prevent more serious complications from developing.
The consequences can be significant for patients who do not have access to emergency dental care on weekends. Without prompt treatment, dental issues can quickly become more severe, leading to increased pain and potentially more extensive and expensive treatment. In some cases, patients may even be forced to seek treatment in an emergency room, which can be costly and may not provide the specialized care that a dentist can provide. Furthermore, not having access to emergency dental care on weekends can also result in patients having to take time off work or school to seek care during the week, which can cause additional inconvenience and lost productivity.
At our office, we specialize in providing prompt and effective treatment for dental emergencies in Raleigh, North Carolina. Whether you need an emergency dentist after hours or on the weekend, we are here to help. Our team is equipped to handle a wide range of urgent dental issues, including:
Toothaches: A severe toothache can be debilitating and require immediate attention. We offer a variety of solutions for debilitating tooth pain, including emergency root canals and tooth extractions.
Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth: These types of injuries require immediate dental care, even if they aren’t painful. Depending on the severity of the break, a root canal may be necessary.
Displaced teeth: A displaced tooth needs to be adjusted as soon as possible to prevent more serious dental issues. We will reposition the tooth and put it in a dental splint.
Knocked-out teeth: If a tooth has been completely knocked out, try to place it back in its socket and hold it in place. If that’s not possible, submerge it in milk and bring it with you to your dental emergency appointment.
Bleeding teeth and/or gums: Facial trauma that results in bleeding should be treated by a professional right away. Apply pressure to the wound to slow down the flow of blood and expedite the clotting process.
Dr. Mihirgir Bava and his staff are on-call day or night, every day of the week. If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency and need to see a dentist as soon as possible, call (919) 872-1700 Monday through Thursday or (919) 624-5556 Friday through Sunday.