Dental Emergencies

We accept walk-ins with dental emergencies during our normal office hours. Please contact us here or call (919) 267-3456.


One of the most common dental emergencies is pain. Pain that would be considered a dental emergency is pain that prevents you from working, sleeping, or otherwise performing normal day-to-day activities. Tooth pain that starts spontaneously during the day or at night indicates a dental issue that requires immediate attention.

Many times, sudden, severe dental pain is proceeded by warning signs (gradual worsening of sensitivity to hot or cold liquids). If this is your case, it is important that you are seen promptly to avoid a dental emergency. Dental emergencies always occur at the worst times (like on vacation!), and any necessary dental procedures become more difficult when there is severe inflammation.

Chronic dental pain (for months or years) still requires attention. Please call so that we can schedule a time that works for you to address your dental issue.

Injuries resulting in knocked out teeth

If you or your child has knocked out a tooth, you need to be seen immediately. Do not rinse or wash the tooth. If possible, try and immediately replace the tooth in the socket. If this is not possible, store the tooth in a solution like “Save A Tooth” or milk, but do not put it in water. The patient needs to be seen within one hour.


If you have swelling, you need to be treated as soon as possible. This can become a life-threatening emergency if not treated appropriately. Typically, the offending tooth will need to be removed or treated and any infection treated as well.