Emergency Services in Apex, NC
Dental emergencies can be stressful when you don’t know how to handle them! You may experience pain or blood, which can feel frightening as well.
The good news is that when you have a dentist like Dr. Cordes on your side, you can trust that everything will be all right.
It also helps when you know what to do during an emergency situation. Here are a few tips on handling common dental emergencies.
Please note – If you suspect a fracture, you are experiencing heavy bleeding, or you have lost consciousness, go directly to the emergency room first.
When your tooth is causing you pain, it often indicates an infection. This can occur when you experience trauma, or when severe decay reaches the nerve or pulp of your tooth. If your tooth is infected, it’s important to note that the pain and infection will not go away without treatment, so please don’t wait to call Dr. Cordes.
If you are proactive about seeking treatment, a root canal may be able to maintain your tooth. This procedure will remove the infection from inside your tooth, which also alleviates your pain. Dental infection that is left untreated can result in tooth loss, so please call us right away if you are experiencing pain.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
If your tooth is knocked out, it’s important to act quickly because Dr. Cordes has a good chance of saving your tooth when he can treat it within one to two hours of your injury or accident.
This can be a scary situation, so the first step is to bring us your tooth as carefully as you can. Try not to handle it too much; in fact, you should place it back into its socket if possible. If that’s not an option, use milk to keep the cells moist and alive while you get our office.
A Broken or Lost Restoration
Most dental crowns and fillings have a life span, so at some point they may break down and need a replacement. If you find yourself with a broken or lost crown or filling, even if it’s not causing pain, it will need to be repaired or replaced in order to protect the tooth from further damage.
A Chipped or Broken Tooth
If your tooth is broken, it will need to be repaired as soon as possible, so gather as many pieces as you can and contact Dr. Cordes right away.
A small or minor chip may not require immediate attention. It should be smoothed, however, in order to prevent injury or irritation to your tongue or soft tissues.
Contact Dr. Cordes
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office as soon as possible. We make every effort to see emergency patients the same day if necessary, and new patient emergencies are also welcome.