Dental Emergencies

When you’re experiencing severe pain or you’ve broken a tooth, it’s clear that you need emergency dental services right away. Sometimes oral injuries and chipped teeth may not seem like a dental emergency, but you can never be too sure. The team at Sloan & Sloan wants you to know that the next best step is to always give us a call at 919-258-9321. Not only can we get you scheduled, but we can provide advice to keep you stable before you arrive for your emergency appointment.
Sloan & Sloan Dentistry provides emergency dental treatment for patients in Broadway, Sanford, Harnett County, North Carolina, and the surrounding area.

How to Handle Dental Emergencies

If you think you may be having a dental emergency, for starter, give our office a call. It doesn’t matter if your tooth is hurting severely from a cavity, broken tooth, or physical trauma, calling us gives you a chance to schedule an appointment. One of our team members will gladly inform you of what to do next to manage before you get to our dental office. In the meantime, here’s what Dr. Don recommends to improve your condition depending on the type of emergency you’re having.


Rinse your mouth out with warm water and use floss to remove any potential food trapped in between your teeth. Avoid putting aspirin on the tooth. This can cause a burning sensation to your gums. Use an ice pack to reduce swelling, removing and reapplying in 10-minute intervals. Take ibuprofen to reduce discomfort.

Chipped/Cracked Tooth

Gently rinse your mouth out with warm water to clear out food and debris from the tooth. Use a cold compress to reduce lip or facial swelling. If the crack goes below the gum line, you need to see us immediately. If the crack is smaller and no discomfort is present, you can wait until normal business hours to make an appointment.

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Knocked Out Tooth

Stay calm and locate the tooth. Pick it up by the crown portion only. Try to avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. Use cold water to remove debris, but do not scrub the tooth. After rinsing your mouth out with warm water, attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. Gently bite down to keep the tooth in the socket. If this isn't possible, keep the tooth inside of a container of milk, salt water, or saliva. Get to our office in Broadway, NC within the next 30 minutes for the best chances of saving the tooth.

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Lost Crown/Filling

While a loose or lost restoration may not be as big of a dental emergency as a broken or knocked-out tooth, chewing can feel incredibly uncomfortable without a restoration to cover it. If you still have the restoration, use either a dental cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly to re-seat it to your damaged tooth. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until getting to our dental office.


Preventing Dental Emergencies and the Cost to Treat Them

When it comes to avoiding dental emergencies, the best thing you can do is practice daily oral care (brushing and flossing) and maintain routine checkups and cleanings at our dental office. These habits allow you to catch problems before they become dental emergencies. You’ll also want to avoid chewing on extremely hard foods or inedible objects (pens, packages, ice cubes, hard candy), all of which can cause teeth to crack or chip. Use a mouthguard if you play in contact sports.