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Emergency Dental Care

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues.

Emergency Dental Care

At Rocky Mount Family Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies can be stressful and overwhelming. Our team is here to help you through any dental emergency.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend you contact us immediately. We offer same-day emergency services for most conditions, and will do our best to get you in to see us as soon as possible.

Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially, but they can lead to serious issues if left untreated. For this reason, all of the following conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present:

  • Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth

  • Lost crown

  • Significant sensitivity

  • Substantial toothache

  • Infection

  • Swollen or sore gums

  • Jaw pain


If you have a dental emergency after our normal business hours and have been seen in our office before, please call our office immediately. We are here to help you with any severe dental emergencies, such as significant infection, pain, or trauma.

If you have a tooth knocked out, it's important to act quickly. For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth.


Contact us immediately for information and emergency treatment.

For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact the child’s dentist immediately for instructions.

If you can’t get into our office immediately, there are some effective home remedies to help manage your pain while you wait for care:

  • Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums.

  • Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

  • Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.

  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.

  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.

  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.

  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.

  • If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.


We are here to help! Please contact us if you have any dental emergency.

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