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Emergency Dentistry

Aesthetic Family Dentistry

Ranjini Pillai, DDS, MPH, FAGD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Cary, NC

If you’re involved in an accident or develop a severe toothache, emergency dentistry provides prompt attention, preventing pain and further complications. At Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Cary, North Carolina, Ranjini Pillai, DDS, offers same-day and Saturday appointments for dental emergencies. Dr. Pillai is available for returning patients at any time of day and can answer questions or address concerns. To schedule an appointment, book online, call the office, or simply walk-in during normal business hours today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry provides immediate care for oral health problems that require same-day attention. 

If you crack, chip, or lose a tooth, seek out emergency dentistry right away. Doing so could mean the difference between preserving your smile or undergoing a complex and time-consuming dental procedure.

What are some problems that emergency dentistry treats?

At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, Dr. Pillai uses emergency dentistry to treat various problems, including:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Damaged crowns, bridges, and dental implants
  • Oral cuts
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Swollen, irritated gums
  • Foreign objects stuck between teeth

If necessary, Dr. Pillai can perform extractions. This is particularly true if you develop a severe cavity or experience an impacted tooth.

What steps should I take if I damage or lose a tooth?

If you damage or lose a tooth, it’s important to stay calm and act quickly. 

Tooth damage

If you chip or fracture a tooth, carefully pick up the pieces and put them in a plastic bag. Then call Aesthetic Family Dentistry. Dr. Pillai sets aside time for same-day appointments and will see you as soon as possible. 

Knocked-out tooth

If you knock out a permanent tooth, carefully pick it up and rinse it with cool tap water. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, but if it wobbles, tuck it inside your cheek, or place it in a glass of milk. 

Call Aesthetic Family Dentistry and explain the circumstances leading up to your tooth loss. The administrative staff can provide tips to limit pain, swelling, and bleeding on your way to the office. 

What can I do to prevent the need for emergency dentistry?

If you want to prevent the need for emergency dentistry, take good care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Pillai recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting Aesthetic Family Dentistry twice a year for a professional exam and cleaning.

If you play contact sports like football or hockey, always wear a mouthguard. If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth while sleeping, wear a nightguard. Avoid bad habits, too, including nail-biting, chewing on ice cubes, or opening objects with your teeth.

Dr. Pillai has a wonderful chairside manner and enjoys working with patients to achieve healthy smiles. 

If you or a loved one requires emergency dentistry, schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. Book a consultation online, call the office, or walk-in during normal business hours today.