Emergency Dentist — Asheville, NC
Same-Day Help for Hurting Smiles
By definition, an emergency requires prompt and careful attention. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you make Dr. White your emergency dentist in Asheville. If you or a loved one is dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately. We will be able to advise you and schedule a same-day appointment if necessary. We’re proud to offer same-day help for hurting smiles so you don’t have to wait to get the help that you need.
Why Choose Dr. John White, DDS, for Emergency Dental Care?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergency Patients
- Compassionate Dentist with Years of Experience
- Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Financing Available
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
As with any emergency—medical or dental—the key is to be prepared. Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is half of the preparation. Here’s what to do in a dental emergency:
- Step 1: Call us right away so we can schedule a same-day emergency appointment for you. We’ll also guide you through basic first-aid to manage your symptoms until you can reach us.
- Step 2: Visit your Asheville emergency dentist Dr. White for an emergency exam, where he will evaluate your situation and alleviate any discomfort you’re feeling.
- Step 3: Dr. White will then review his findings with you and fully explain which treatments he recommends. Together, you’ll create a custom treatment plan.
- Step 4: Whether you need a filling, root canal, tooth replacement, or something else entirely, our team will get to work right away to protect and repair your smile, always keeping your comfort and safety as our top priorities.
In cases of dental emergency, Asheville dentist Dr. John White can help. There are, however, times when you should head to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are experiencing excessive bleeding, if you might have a concussion from a hard blow to the face or head, or if you think that you may have broken your jaw, then seeing an E.R. doctor is appropriate. Our team will be here to help once your overall health is not at risk.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Some people wonder whether or not they even have a dental emergency. Of course, some situations are more obviously emergencies than others, such as a knocked out tooth. Other situations, like a lost dental crown or broken dentures, may not need immediate care, but should still be treated with urgency. That’s why it’s so important for you to call our office if you’re unsure if your situation counts as a dental emergency, so one of our knowledgeable team members can guide you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone. Below, you’ll find some basic information on the most common dental emergencies we treat.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dental emergencies often come unexpected, so you may have some unanswered questions. That’s where we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions we receive about dental emergencies in Asheville. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, just give us a call. We’d be happy to answer your questions and get you schedule for a same-day appointment.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Toothaches don’t generally go away on their own, so it’s best to schedule a checkup with a dentist to ensure that nothing serious is going on. There are many different causes for toothaches, so you’ll want to rule them out before they become more severe. Doing this can help you to catch underlying problems before they turn more serious.
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
It can be difficult to get quality sleep when you are dealing with a toothache at night. Until you are able to see your emergency dentist in the morning, keep your head elevated. This will prevent blood from rushing to your head and intensifying your toothache. Additionally, take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed and avoid foods that are acidic, cold, or hard right before bed. Cold compresses can also help to dull discomfort.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
Most emergency rooms aren’t able to address dental emergencies effectively. However, there are a few main exceptions where the ER is an ideal option. You should head to your local ER if you have experienced a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that is swollen to the point where it is affecting your breathing or swallowing. In pretty much any other situation, you should seek treatment from a dentist instead.
Can I pop a dental abscess on my own?
You should never attempt to pop a dental abscess on your own. You should always get in touch with a dentist right away, as a tooth abscess is considered a dental infection and is therefore a dental emergency. Popping the abscess on your own will only expose your mouth to more bacteria and irritate the area more. Additionally, putting off treatment can allow the infection to spread not only within the mouth, but other areas, like the neck, throat, and head.