Emergency Care in Winston Salem, NC

What Is Emergency Dentistry?

Emergency dentistry involves interventions for treating injuries or conditions that can have serious, even life-threatening consequences if left unattended. These include avulsed (knocked out) permanent teeth, facial swelling, and any dental infection that may cause serious pain.

Any tooth and mouth issue that is infected, causes significant bleeding, or creates pain that does not go away should be seen by Dr. Annie right away. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t hesitate to give our Winston-Salem office a call at (336) 815-2573 for an emergency appointment.

What to Do for Your Child When They Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency

When children are experiencing dental emergencies, the situation can be very stressful for both the child and their parents or caregivers. This is why all of our services, including our emergency dental treatments, are always focused on keeping you and your kiddo calm and cared for.

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The Importance of Prompt Emergency Care

In the case of a dental emergency, it’s very important to get necessary treatment right away. If intervention is postponed, it can mean losing a tooth that could’ve been saved, or worse. Infections can easily spread in the body, and their vicinity to the brain and airway makes them extremely serious.

Our Emergency Care Treatments In Winston-Salem

If you suspect your child is having a dental issue, it’s best to give us a call and our staff will assess the situation, book an appointment, or tell you to come in right away. We offer:

Same-Day Care

When the situation requires immediate intervention, we make sure to see the patient on the same day. Let us know what the situation is, or come directly to our Winston-Salem office and we will do everything we can to help.

After Hours Appointments

In the case of a true dental emergency, an after-hours appointment may be necessary to get your child the treatment they need. All patients of record may call our after-hours emergency line to speak with Dr. Annie regarding your child's dental emergency.

Common Emergency Procedures for Kids

The most common emergency procedure for a child is an extraction (removal of tooth) due to infection causing severe dental pain. If your child loses a permanent tooth due to trauma, this is a true, time-sensitive dental emergency and dental care should be sought out immediately!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my child has knocked out a tooth?

First, find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown and not the root. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or scrub the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot replace the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk, some contact lens solution, or wrap it in a clean, wet cloth and call our office immediately. As a rule, baby teeth are not replaced in the socket. Call our office at (336) 815-2573 for emergency care in Winston-Salem.

What if my child has a severe toothache?

You should first manage your child's pain by alternating between over-the-counter Children's Motrin and Tylenol every 4-6 hours. Then, schedule a consultation at our office right away, as these are both serious dental emergencies that will only get worse without proper treatment.

What is not a dental emergency?

Minor chipping, teething pain or discomfort, cavities with no infection, or pain that can be managed by alternating over-the-counter medications Children's Motrin and Tylenol every 4-6 hours.