Emergency Dentist — Charlotte, NC

Schedule a Same-Day Visit for Urgent Dental Concerns

When a dental emergency strikes, don’t hesitate to speak with an emergency dentist in Charlotte as soon as possible. Dr. Shirman has expertise in many facets of dentistry, including the diagnosis and treatment of many common dental emergencies. By calling and scheduling a same-day visit, you can not only get out of pain, but save time, money, and hassle of visiting an emergency room. Give us a call today to handle your most pressing dental concerns!

Why Choose Dental Wellness of Charlotte for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
  • Modern Technology in a Clean Office Environment
  • Highly Experienced Dentist Dedicated to Your Comfort

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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  • Start by getting a same-day appointment scheduled: There’s no reason not to call if you fear you may have emergency dental symptoms! After you contact our office, a team member will be able to assist you and get an appointment set up (ideally the same day). We can also provide first-aid tips to keep in mind before you arrive.
  • Complete an emergency exam with Dr. Shirman: Once you reach us, we can perform a detailed exam, capture digital X-rays, and determine the best treatments to prevent your emergency from coming back. If you’re in pain, we’ll do everything possible to get you relief fast.
  • Take note of our findings: We’ll break down our findings with you directly so you can be informed when we recommend our treatment plan. This plan is personalized to your exact needs and will include cost estimates, estimated timelines, and more.
  • Get professional care and stop your emergency: Whether you need a dental filling, crown, root canal therapy, or another service, we’ll make sure you understand your treatment plan and costs well in advance.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can come in many forms, whether they be toothaches, damaged teeth, knocked-out teeth, and many other problems. The most important thing you can do is seek help as soon as possible. After giving us a call, feel free to review our helpful tips below on how to best manage your emergency until you arrive.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Until we can perform a more detailed examination of your mouth, we can’t know for sure how much your emergency treatment will cost. When we do complete an evaluation, we’ll be far more capable of recommending a treatment plan tailored to you with specific services and costs attached to them. You will always know exactly how much you’ll need to pay before you start treatment and our team will work with you to make it affordable. Keep in mind that dental emergencies are generally not as expensive as medical emergencies, so visiting our office should be relatively affordable. The last thing you should do is put off care you know you need as it could allow your emergency to get worse (and then lead to higher oral healthcare costs).

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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The more steps you can take to prevent dental emergencies, the better. It’s always much easier to practice prevention compared to handling an emergency after it has already occurred. Some of the most helpful tips to keep in mind include:

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Visiting our office once every six months for a checkup
  • Eating a healthy diet low in sugar and starch
  • Protecting your smile with a mouthguard (if you play sports) or nightguard (if you grind your teeth)
  • Never using your teeth to open bottles, packages, or chew on inedible objects

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Sudden accidents and injuries can be unsettling, especially when they happen unexpectedly. Knowing to handle a dental emergency in Charlotte will help you remain calm and act quickly to get the care you need. At Dental Wellness of Charlotte, we want you to be as well-informed as possible, which is why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact our office today for personal assistance. 

Can the Emergency Room Remove a Tooth?

Believe it or not, most emergency rooms are unable to address dental emergencies effectively. Only a licensed dentist can perform tooth extractions, meaning it’s illegal for someone without training and education to remove a tooth, even in a hospital setting. However, an emergency room can provide you with antibiotics and pain medication for relief. While that won’t address the underlying problem causing your toothache, it’ll hold you over until you can get to Dr. Shirman.

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

If you’ve chipped a tooth, you should make an appointment with Dr. Shirman immediately following the incident. You may not be in pain, but the inner area of your tooth could still be exposed without you knowing. If needed, you can afford to wait a day or two to seek treatment – but you should still schedule a visit as soon as possible. Without professional attention, your chipped tooth could worsen and lead to complications down the line.

What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. That said, you should consider keeping an emergency dentistry kit with you at all times that contains the following essentials:

  • Small sealable container
  • Sterile gloves
  • Gauze pads and dressings
  • Cotton balls
  • Dental cement
  • Denture adhesive
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Topical anesthetic
  • Dental floss
  • Ice pack
  • Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen

Are Toothpicks Safe to Use?

Toothpicks are not very safe to use, especially wooden ones. They can hurt your smile by easily damaging your enamel and gum tissue. Wooden toothpicks can splinter and break off inside your mouth. If you’re trying to remove food debris from between your teeth, a toothpick can push it further in or underneath the gum line. All that said, it should be your last resort when it comes to putting any tool inside your mouth.