Dental Emergencies in Hickory, NC

Treatment For All Kinds of Dental Emergencies

Severe Pain / Discomfort

Chipped Tooth

Injuries to Mouth / Jaw

Loose Dental Work

Knocked Out Teeth

Tooth Infections

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Knocked out a tooth? Place it in cold milk to preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

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Dr. Pardue did a great job replacing an old filling on my front tooth I damaged years ago. He is efficient and very careful to make everything look and feel the way it should.

John T.
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Dr Pardue did a crown for me a few months ago. He did a great job. The crown is doing well with no problems. I knew he would do well when I chose him to take care of my patients and staff. Thanks for the excellent care.

Dr. Richard Troutman
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Everyone was so friendly & made me feel at ease at the dental office. Thank you so much!

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Get to Know

Dr. Thomas Pardue

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Dr. Pardue was born and raised in North Carolina. Inspired by his dad, a lawyer and the first in his family to go to a university, he knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a fulfilling career helping others. Naturally curious, he explored the medical field and was instantly drawn to dentistry’s flexible, hands-on work and rewarding patient relationships – and the rest is history! Dr. Pardue earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He then went on to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery and served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy for five years.

Today, Dr. Pardue feels grateful to care for Hickory patients with the highest levels of quality and comfort. His practice extends far beyond simply treating smiles. His spirit of generosity informs every detail of his care, volunteering his time, talents, and resources to uplift his local community in meaningful ways that make an impact. He’s passionate about fostering an atmosphere of friendship and trust, so you and your loved ones can smile with true confidence. 

Outside of the office, Dr. Pardue enjoys cherishing quality time with his lovely wife and three adorable kiddos. You can also find him hitting Hickory’s lush running trails and staying active outdoors!

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What to do in a Dental Emergency

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Remain Calm

It’s important to stay calm even though your unexpected dental injury may cause extreme stress and pain. While you may feel inclined to panic, know that almost any dental issue can be addressed, treated, and resolved by a dentist. Rest assured that our team is here to guide you back to a healthy smile.

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Reduce Bleeding

If your mouth is bleeding from your dental injury or accident, place a strip of gauze on the afflicted area and apply pressure. This should slow the blood flow within an hour.

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Control Swelling & Pain

Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or other similar over-the-counter medication can temporarily reduce pain and swelling. Steer clear of any blood-thinning aspirins as they will prevent clotting and may make it difficult to control the flow of blood. An ice pack to the cheek near the affected area can also help reduce pain for a short period of time.

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Call Us Right Away

As soon as you’ve regained control of your dental emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team is on standby to assess the severity of your dental injury and get you in our office as soon as possible.

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The Importance of Prompt Emergency Care

Same-Day Dental Care

Same-day appointments allow you to receive treatment on the day you call to request emergency care. At your same-day visit, the dentist will address your dental injury and craft an immediate plan to get you back to optimal health as soon as possible. By avoiding an appointment to treat your dental emergency, you prolongate your pain and put yourself at risk for more serious dental complications down the road. Our office provides same-day emergency dentistry so that you get the care that can’t wait.

After Hours Appointments

Sometimes, dental injuries and accidents take place past regular business hours. For patients experiencing severe emergencies, we offer after-hours appointments to make sure you receive the immediate care you deserve. If you are experiencing a dental emergency beyond our usual hours, don’t hesitate to call our office to schedule a visit. We’re more than happy to help alleviate your pain and restore your smile as soon as possible.

Weekend Appointments

If a dental emergency strikes over the weekend, there’s no need to wait until Monday for care. By offering limited weekend hours and appointments by request, you can receive prompt emergency dental care and get relief from your pain and discomfort. Give us a call for more information.

Common Emergency Procedures

To restore the health and functionality of your mouth, your dentist will address the emergency situation and recommend a variety of treatments. For example, broken, damaged, or decayed teeth can be fixed with dental crowns. If an underlying infection is causing you to experience a severe or chronic toothache, root canal therapy may be the best option for you.Another common restorative procedure is tooth splinting, which stabilizes a loose or knocked-out tooth to allow for proper healing. Tooth extractions are a rare but occasionally necessary procedure to remove severely damaged teeth that cannot be fixed otherwise.

Financing Plans

Flexible Financing & Payment Options

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Hickory Heights Dental is dedicated to keeping modern, patient-focused dentistry affordable for all families in Hickory. Which is why we’re glad to accept Delta Dental NC Premier at our office. Plus, our knowledgeable team is always happy to help you understand and make the most of your dental insurance benefits. If you have any questions about your treatment options, reach out to us anytime at (828) 322-4627 and we’ll be right by your side to assist you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

What should I do if I’ve knocked out a tooth?

If you've accidentally knocked out a tooth, it's important to act quickly to increase the chances of saving it. First, carefully pick up the tooth by the top (crown) and avoid touching the root. Rinse it gently with warm water to remove any debris, being careful not to scrub or rub it. If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket without forcing it. If it doesn't go back in easily, store it in a container of cold milk and contact us immediately for guidance and to ensure we are prepared for your visit. Time is of the essence, as the tooth needs to be replaced and splinted within 1-2 hours to avoid further damage.

What should I do if my dental work has fallen out?

If any of your dental work, such as a filling or crown, has fallen out, it's important to take action promptly. Place the dental work in a plastic bag or container and bring it with you to our office. Call us right away to schedule an emergency visit so we can address the issue as soon as possible. Even though it's not a natural tooth, losing dental work can expose vulnerable parts of your mouth to bacteria, leading to infection, decay, or other complications. Don't delay in getting in touch with us to ensure your smile is restored with restorative dental work.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

If you're experiencing a severe toothache that lasts for 2 or more days, it could indicate a tooth infection, which requires immediate attention. Contact us without delay to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you can manage the pain by applying a cold compress to your cheek, taking over-the-counter pain medication, or using a topical product like Orajel to numb the tooth. However, it's crucial to seek professional dental care to address the underlying cause of the toothache and prevent further complications. Root canal therapy may be necessary to save the tooth.

What should I do about a chipped, broken or cracked tooth?

If you have a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth, it's essential to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. Without a thorough examination, it's difficult to determine the severity of the damage. Leaving such issues untreated can lead to infections and additional complications that could have been prevented. Contact us immediately to schedule an appointment and allow us to assess the extent of the damage. We will provide guidance and recommendations on how to restore and protect your smile, as well as alleviate any dental pain you may be experiencing.

What should I do about a loose tooth?

If you have a loose tooth due to a dental injury, it's crucial to contact us right away to schedule a same-day appointment. Leaving a loose tooth untreated can result in the nerves supporting the tooth dying, leading to its loss. To maintain stability, avoid touching the loose tooth with your tongue or fingers. When you arrive at our office for emergency care, your dentist will attach the loose tooth to the adjacent teeth with a stabilizing splint. This splint will provide support and initiate the healing process, allowing the tooth to reattach itself to your gums. Don't hesitate to reach out for our help – we are here to assist you in preserving your tooth.

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