They strike at the worst time, when you are least prepared. They can render you unable to work, or they can ruin a carefree relaxing afternoon. Of course, we are talking about the dreaded dental emergency. One minute you are peacefully enjoying your lunch. The next minute, you are in excruciating pain and searching for an emergency dentist near Reidsville. Don’t worry, Dr. Hatcher and his team are here to get you out of pain and back to smiling.
Triad Dentistry is located in Greensboro, NC, just minutes from Durham, Reidsville, Eden, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Mebane, Charlotte, and other area communities. We offer emergency services, regardless of whether you are currently a patient. However, we understand that emergencies rarely happen at convenient times or places, and it might take a little while to get to our office. Here we offer some guidance for immediate steps to control pain and minimize the damage.
For all types of dental emergencies:
The only good emergency is the one that never happens. This is one of many reasons to visit our office regularly for cleaning and other preventive care. Often, unexpected dental problems are not sudden at all, but rather the culmination of gradually deteriorating oral health.
For example, a small cavity will be painless. When it gets a little bigger the tooth might become sensitive because the layers protecting the nerve are thinner. Then one day the weakened tooth breaks, or the decay reaches the center of the tooth, exposing the nerve and causing excruciating pain. This type of situation can be easily avoided with good hygiene, regular checkups, and early treatment if a problem does develop.
Another common cause of emergencies is traumatic injury. This might seem unavoidable. After all, you never anticipate falling down the stairs or being in a car crash. However, those situations are not leading causes of oral injuries. One of the most common reasons for broken teeth, lacerations, knocked out teeth, and similar injuries is sports-related accidents. Never underestimate the importance of mouthguards and other protective gear if you or your child plays contact sports. A custom-made mouthguard from your dentist will fit better, be more comfortable, and offer greater protection.
You probably have first aid kits in your home and vehicle. They might be stacked with bandages, antiseptic, burn cream, and other supplies for immediate treatment of common injuries. However, many first aid kits are lacking important supplies for dental emergencies. We recommend keeping a few essentials on hand, so that you will be ready for the unexpected.