Same-Day Dental Appointments
Emergency Dentistry in Durham
Whether you have a broken or damaged tooth, a serious cavity or an infected tooth, you need to get emergency care from Dr. Nicole Messenger as soon as possible. Contact us now for a same-day appointment right away!
Get the Care You Need
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in Durham, we offer same-day appointments at Messenger Family Dentistry. Oral pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and it’s important to get the care you need as soon as possible. If you can, we ask that you call ahead before your emergency visit to let us know that you’ll be stopping by. You can reach us at (919) 596-1219. However, you can also walk into our office at 2206 Page Road, Suite 103, Durham, NC 27703, and we’ll do our best to see you as soon as we can.
For Patients of Record
If you are a patient of record at our office, we are happy to accommodate you with after-hours or weekend appointment. Just get in touch to inform us of your symptoms, and we will determine whether immediate care is necessary. If so, we’ll do everything we can to accommodate you and get you out of pain.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency
There are many conditions that count as a dental emergency, including cracked and broken teeth, loose or knocked-out (avulsed) teeth, oral lacerations, infected teeth, and serious cavities. Pulled-out or missing dental work are also considered dental emergencies.
Our rule of thumb is that if your condition is causing you serious pain, swelling, discomfort and/or bleeding, and you cannot treat it on your own, you’re having a dental emergency. If your situation meets these criteria, call us as soon as possible!
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
- Contact Messenger Family Dentistry for an emergency appointment. It’s important to get immediate care to restore your oral health and prevent further complications.
- If you’ve lost a tooth, pick it up by the crown so as not to damage the delicate roots. Rinse it with warm water and put it back in the socket, or put it in a small container or baggie of cold milk to keep it moist. Pulled-out or lost dental work can also be placed in a small plastic bag.
- If you have time before our appointment, you can also take steps to treat bleeding, pain, and inflammation. Clean gauze, cotton balls, or paper towels can be used to absorb blood, which should mostly stop within an hour. Over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen can help with pain and inflammation, and applying an ice pack to your cheek can also help with discomfort and swelling.
- Above all, make sure you come to our office as soon as you can. Do not delay treatment. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to develop further dental complications.