Carolina Dental Arts – Emergency Dentistry in Durham, Raleigh, Goldsboro, New Bern Ave

Emergency Dentistry in North Carolina

Exceptional dental care when you need it most! Carolina Dental Arts offers emergency dental care for patients who encounter sudden tooth pain or extreme dental distress that requires expedient care. We are open evenings and Saturday’s.

Emergency Dentist


A dental emergency is scary, whether you suffer a knocked-out tooth, painfully chipped teeth or an abscess. Whatever the cause of your emergency, how can you get the treatment you need on a weekend, during a holiday or at night?


Thankfully, your dental professionals at Carolina Dental Arts provide emergency dentist services. With two locations in Raleigh and one in Goldsboro, North Carolina, the help you need is close to home.

Having access to an urgent care through your regular dental office provides convenience and peace of mind when you need it most. For any dental issue that cannot wait until the next business day, you can rely on Carolina Dental Arts’ caring professionals. They provide the same compassionate care for an emergency that you receive as part of a routine dental exam.

So, how do you know the difference between a dental emergency and a tooth problem that can wait until the next business day? Below is more information about when to call your emergency dentist.

Knowing When to Call an Emergency Dentist

Almost one in four Americans have experienced dental pain in the past six months, according to survey results published by American Family Physician.

These dental emergencies included:

  • Painful gums
  • Severe toothache
  • Abscess
  • Cellulitis
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Missing tooth
  • Loss of a filling
  • Gum swelling associated with a tooth
  • Emergency issues concerning metal braces
  • Emergency tooth extraction

But not every type of dental pain or problem is an emergency. Some situations can wait for treatment during office hours.

If you have any of the following symptoms, call your emergency dentist:

  • Severe pain
  • Sports injury
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Lost tooth
  • Loose teeth in adults
  • Infection or abscess
  • Swelling or knots on gums or face
  • A painful or damaged tooth
  • Swollen jaw

If you experience ongoing bleeding, severe pain or a damaged tooth, you likely have a dental emergency. The same is true for serious infections or injury caused by accidents. An oral infection, such as a tooth abscess, can threaten your life. Call your emergency dentist immediately to ask whether you need treatment. Describe what caused the problem for guidance and support.

Problems that Do Not Require the Services of a 24hr Dentist…. And Can Safely Wait Until the Next Office Day

If you suffer an oral problem that is not urgent, prepare to call the dentist’s office for a non-emergency oral exam. Sometimes self-care is the right course of action until the dentist’s office is open.

Having a chipped or cracked tooth is not always an emergency, as one example. But if the tooth damage is painful or exposes sharp fragments that can injure soft oral tissues, call your emergency dentist. Otherwise, for a damaged tooth that does not cause pain, you can wait until the next business day to see the dentist.

For a toothache, wait for an appointment if the pain is manageable and you do not see signs of an abscess, fever or swelling. If you experience severe pain, swelling or high fever, call Carolina Dental Arts.

Losing a crown or filling is not typically a dental emergency. This treatment can wait a few days. If you want to temporarily fill the space left by a lost filling, simply place a well-chewed piece of sugarless gum into the cavity.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Among the most common dental emergencies are knocked-out teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, and abscessed teeth. Each one of these injuries requires urgent dental care. Below is some more information about these common scenarios and how to handle them while you make your way to the emergency dentist at Carolina Dental Arts:

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you suffer a knocked-out tooth, your emergency dentist can save that tooth. With quick action, they can reinsert it into its socket and enable its permanent reattachment.

To preserve your knocked-out tooth for the dentist, carefully pick it up by its crown. Do not touch the root. Carefully rinse the tooth without rubbing or scrubbing it.

Then, if you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it gently with gauze or your tongue. If you cannot put the tooth back in its original place, put it into a small container of milk or your own saliva to preserve it while you make your way to the emergency dentist.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

A fractured tooth can cause serious pain. Gently rinse your mouth with warm water. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to your face. Avoid taking any painkillers or using numbing gels, as these sometimes damage gum tissue. If you have severe pain, take acetaminophen before making your way to the emergency dentist.

Abscessed Tooth

When a pocket of pus forms in your tooth, this leads to an infection called an abscess. It may sound like a minor problem, at first. But a dental abscess can threaten your life. As a result of the infection, you may experience tooth sensitivity, pain, swelling, tender lymph nodes in your neck, and fever. You can also possibly see a pimple-like bump at the site of the infection.

An abscess is a dental emergency. The infection can quickly spread to other tissues and parts of your body. Before making your way to your Carolina Dental Arts emergency dentist, rinse with slightly warm salt water to reduce pain. This also draws out pus at the infection site.

Prevent the Need for an Emergency Dentist

You can prevent dental emergencies by keeping up with your six-month dental exams and cleanings. As part of these regular dental appointments, your dentist looks for loose fillings or other signs of problems.

It is through both the visual examination and the X-ray, your dentist can find an infection, decay, and gum disease. Of course, preventative maintenance for your teeth is the main way to prevent the need for most urgent care. Sometimes these dental needs necessitate treatments like fillings, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction. You can also watch for signs of problems when you brush your teeth each day.

Dental emergencies still happen from time to time, even when you take great care of your teeth and gums. If you have an emergency and need treatment for a damaged tooth, severe pain, bleeding, abscess, or other dental problem, call your Carolina Dental Arts emergency dentist. Call the New Bern Avenue office in Raleigh at 984-242-0568, the Glenwood South office in Raleigh at 919-670-4944 Durham office at 919-683-1847, or the Goldsboro office at 919-778-0098.


Kathy Anders
Kathy Anders
Excellent staff and love my dentist and the ladies in the office! Mrs. Patsy is my favorite and Liz is second. They are all good at what they do. Keeping my smile and my teeth looking their best! Awesome as always!
Marian Malone
Marian Malone
Ashley who was my hygienist today did such a wonderful job on my teeth. I have gone in for cleanings before with other dentists in the area of Goldsboro and always come out with yellow teeth still.. I did not have any any kind of whitening done she just cleaned my teeth and I felt so good afterward .
Julian Edwards
Julian Edwards
Rodney Mealing Jr
Rodney Mealing Jr
The Staff and service were great. From scheduling to dental work done, everything went easy. Felt relaxed, would recommend their services.
Tisse Martin (Tisse)
Tisse Martin (Tisse)
Carolina Dental Arts staff & services are amazing. I called in as a new patient. They got me in and took care of my tooth the same day, with little waiting time. I was truly impressed. Thanks again CDA, see you guys soon ! 🤗
Janai Donyele
Janai Donyele
My name is Sharonda. And I have been going to Carolina Dental for years, this is my family, whom I love so much. So kind very considerate, and patient. God bless everyone that works there. Love u guys.
Ellen Barlow
Ellen Barlow
Friendly staff and Dr Taylor!! They really ease your anxiety!

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