Jeffrey J Tibbs DDS PA
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Types of Dental Emergencies

June 18, 2021
Posted By: Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS
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At the dental practice of Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs, we provide prompt and efficient emergency dental care to patients. We realize emergencies, and specifically dental emergencies, are not something most people plan for.

Dental emergencies often strike unexpectedly, and that’s okay. You may wake up with a severe toothache on a Saturday morning or have a minor accident and chip your tooth on an evening bike ride. Either way, we’re here to help when you need us, even after hours. We continue to monitor our voicemail and phone system when our office is closed so we can help our patients with emergency situations.

We treat several types of dental emergencies in our office, and we will do our best to assess your situation over the phone and offer advice on proper care before you even arrive.

Different Types of Dental Emergencies

There are a variety of injuries that count as dental emergencies, in addition to other common emergencies, such as infections. Below we explain some common types of dental emergencies that may require our intervention.


Toothaches are a common problem, and a cavity does not always cause the toothache. You may also have a toothache due to an injury to the tooth, such as a fracture or crack, or your toothache could mean you have an underlying infection. 

If you’re experiencing a severe or prolonged toothache, we may recommend an emergency dental appointment. Once you arrive at our Winston-Salem dental office, Dr. Tibbs will perform a thorough exam and determine the cause of your pain. He will also do what he can to help you relieve any discomfort you’re experiencing and offer treatment options.

Tooth Infections

As mentioned above, tooth infections can cause tooth pain, which can present in various ways. The pain may be sharp or throbbing, or it may radiate from the affected area. Your tooth may also only hurt when you’re chewing or otherwise putting pressure on it.woman receiving dental work

Other symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth include:

  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Swelling 
  • Foul breath
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • A visible sore

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect a tooth infection, we highly recommend that you give our dental team a call immediately. Untreated tooth infections can lead to severe, and even life-threatening, health problems. 

We’ll address your tooth infection with quick but thorough care to protect your health and relieve your pain. 

Tooth or Gum Trauma

If you’ve injured your mouth area, whether it’s your tooth or gum, you may need emergency dental treatment. We can stabilize and protect some broken or fractured teeth with a dental crown, for example. We may also have the ability to reimplant a knocked-out tooth if the tooth is adequately cared for and the patient reaches our practice quickly. 

Prompt treatment is key to good outcomes in some situations, so always inform our skilled team as soon as you can after an oral injury. We will get you into our office as quickly as possible.

man getting teeth examined with a mouth mirrorMost Common Emergency Treatments

When you arrive in our Winston-Salem dental office with an emergency, Dr. Tibbs will conduct a thorough examination of your situation, which will likely include a visual exam in addition to x-rays and other diagnostic measures. He will then recommend a treatment that is dependent on your specific injury or condition.

One of the most common emergency treatments we perform is root canal treatment. We usually perform root canal treatments in Winston-Salem either to remove an infected tooth pulp, which is at the center of the tooth, or to remove an injured root or pulp. 

If we can take care of the problem during that appointment, we will do so. If we need to schedule an appointment at a later date, we will make sure to stabilize the tooth and make you comfortable before scheduling your procedure.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

When it comes to preventing dental emergencies, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a few tips to aid you in preventing unexpected and unnecessary emergencies.

  • Make sure to take excellent care of your teeth and gums. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our dental office for routine cleanings and exams. 
  • Eat a healthy, low-sugar diet, limiting crunchy and hard foods.
  • If you play sports or participate in other physical activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.

By keeping your teeth and gums clean and strong, you can help avoid many dental problems that lead to emergency situations, like advanced cavities. And by continuously protecting your teeth when engaging in physical activities, you lower your risk of having a tooth knocked out or broken.

Your Emergency Dentist in Winston-Salem

At the dental practice of Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs, we offer gentle but efficient emergency dental treatments. Reach out to us today to schedule your emergency dental care. We’ll make your experience in our dental office as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

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