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Emergency Dental Care in Chapel Hill

At Brightside Family Dental, Dr. Manish Mistry is always here to help you get immediate emergency dental care. Whether you have a dental injury like a cracked or broken tooth, you suspect you have a tooth infection, or you’re experiencing any other urgent dental issue, our team is always here to help. Contact us now to schedule an emergency appointment in Chapel Hill.

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Dr. Manish Mistry has years of experience in restorative dental care and emergency treatment
We offer sedation to help you stay comfortable and safe during your appointment
With same-day appointments, you can get immediate help from Brightside Family Dental

what is a dental emergency?

If you have a dental issue that is causing you a lot of pain or discomfort or results in oral bleeding, you’re likely having a dental emergency. The category of “dental emergency” is much wider than you may think.

Some types of dental emergencies are obvious, such as injuries caused by dental trauma. Cracked, broken, loose, and knocked-out teeth need to be treated right away to relieve pain and discomfort, and to prevent further complications.

However, some other types of dental emergencies are not quite as obvious. For example, a serious toothache that won’t go away could indicate an infected tooth or a very deep cavity, both of which demand immediate emergency treatment. 

If you’re not sure that your issue counts as a dental emergency, the best option you have is to contact Brightside Family Dental at (919) 391-0046 to speak to one of our team members. Explain your situation, and we’ll help you determine if you need immediate emergency care for your dental issue.

can i get a same-day appointment?

Yes. At Brightside Family Dental, we offer same-day emergency dentistry in Chapel Hill. We make it a point to treat emergency patients as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

To get a same-day appointment, just give us a call at (919) 391-0046 to speak to one of our staff members, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Manish Mistry. You can come into our office right away, and get the care you need.

why do i need immediate emergency care?

The sooner you get help for a dental emergency in Chapel Hill, the more likely it is that Dr. Mistry will be able to save your tooth and preserve your oral health. For example, if you get help for an infected tooth as soon as you notice a toothache, you can save your tooth with root canal therapy and a dental crown. Left untreated, though, the pain will only get worse, and your tooth will eventually die. 

So, not only do you save time and money by getting care immediately, but you can also avoid further complications, as well as further pain and discomfort that could be caused by your dental emergency if it’s left untreated.

Should I Go To The ER For A Dental Emergency?

The answer is usually “no.” Most hospital emergency rooms do not have dentists on-staff, and will not provide care for dental emergencies like toothaches or broken teeth. Even if you can get treatment at the ER, it will be much more expensive than going to an emergency dentist in Chapel Hill like Dr. Manish Mistry.

So, in most cases, it’s a better idea to contact Brightside Family Dental at (919) 391-0046 and tell us about your condition. Our dental team can schedule a same-day appointment for you right away, and make sure that you get the care you need.

Of course, you should use your best judgment. If you are in extreme pain, your mouth is bleeding uncontrollably, or you’re experiencing an issue like major facial swelling or suspect you may have a broken jaw, you should go to the ER.

Still not sure what to do? Just call Brightside Family Dental. We can help you determine if you need to go to the ER or if you’d be better off seeing Dr. Mistry for same-day emergency care in Chapel Hill.

What Can I Do To Help The Pain Before I Get To The Dentist?

First, we recommend rinsing out your mouth, if possible. This will help remove any debris or potential contaminants, and wash away some of the blood, if present. Once you’ve rinsed your mouth, you should treat bleeding, if present. You can absorb blood with clean paper towels, gauze, or cotton balls. Put gentle, steady pressure on the bleeding area to help control blood flow.
For pain, we recommend that you take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen. You should avoid aspirin, because this can thin the blood and make it harder to control bleeding after an oral emergency. 

In some cases, you may also be able to use a topical pain reliever like Orajel to numb the area. This is a good option for a toothache, but we usually do not recommend using topical treatments after dental injury. 

Applying an ice pack or cold pack to the cheek near the affected area can also be a good way to help with discomfort and swelling. We recommend applying the ice pack for no more than 10 minutes at a time to make sure you don’t accidentally “burn” your skin due to excessive cold.

How Do I Avoid Dental Emergencies?

Some dental emergencies are unavoidable, but there are a few steps you can take to reduce your risk. First, take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing properly, and seeing Dr. Mistry for appointments every six months. This helps keep your teeth strong and prevents issues like cavities and infected teeth.

We also recommend wearing an athletic mouthguard whenever you participate in an activity that could result in an oral injury. Mouthguards help cushion your teeth and gums if you’re hit in the mouth and can prevent the vast majority of cracked, broken, and knocked-out teeth.

Finally, you also should be mindful of what you eat and how you eat it. For example, don’t chew extremely hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or nuts with your front teeth, since this can cause them to chip or break. You also should not eat extremely gummy or sticky foods (gummy candies, taffy) if you have crowns or fillings, as this could cause your dental work to loosen or fail.

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anne w.

"I highly recommend Dr. Mistry! He is very thorough and knowledgeable! I recently had a root canal and was nervous about the procedure but Dr. Mistry did an excellent job! He took the time to make sure there was no pain and the healing process went smoothly. He also explained each part of the procedure in a way I was able to fully understand."

trecia j.

"Dr. Mistry was AWESOME. Usually, I am nervous about going to the dentist but he explained the procedure so that I could understand. I left there pain free. My sister Wendy Jarrell referred me and I am grateful.

On behalf of the Jarrell family... We thank you."

bill h.

"Dr. Mistry did a wonderful job on my teeth, particularly the work he did on a bridge on the left side. I would highly recommend him to anyone for your dental needs!"

"We have your entire well-being in mind, not just your teeth."
– Dr. Mistry

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