How can we help you?
You can find answers to some common questions below. Feel free to call us at (336) 760-1277 if you have a question that isn't listed here!
Emergency Dental Treatment
Yes, we are happy to schedule a same-day emergency visit.
We will rearrange our schedule so you can be seen on the same day. Call our office at (336) 760-1277 today!
Visit our page on emergency dental treatment to learn more.
Yes, we will see emergency patients who are new to our office.
We understand how uncomfortable and life-altering dental pain can be. Drs. Benton and Nelson are committed to helping all patients in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area. We will see all emergencies, even if you are not patients of record at our office.
Visit our page on emergency dental treatment to learn more.
Yes, most dental issues don’t become painful until they’re severe.
Cavities don’t hurt until they are large.
Cavities don't hurt until they reach the deepest part of your tooth (the nerve). However, once they reach the nerve, you might need a root canal instead of a simple filling, which could have been done when the cavity was smaller.
Gum disease doesn’t hurt, either.
Gum disease typically involves painless destruction of gum and supporting gum structures. Gum disease usually doesn’t hurt until it becomes so severe that your teeth are loose.
Please visit our page on gum disease to learn more!
We will give you the best treatment options for your chipped teeth.
Possible treatment options of cracked or chipped teeth include:
The fee for a root canal depends on the tooth that is being treated. The cost ranges from $800-$1000. As always, we will work with your dental insurance to get your maximum benefit and offer interest-free payments to ensure you can afford your treatment.
Your dental insurance should cover emergency dental visits and we will work with your insurance to estimate the out-of-pocket cost. Most emergency dental visits are $106 consisting of an emergency exam ($76) and dental x-ray ($30).
Jaw pain or TMD (Temporomandibular disorder) can be caused by issues with the jaw bone, disc, or muscles.
The temporal bone (the socket part) and the mandible (the ball part) can develop degenerative diseases that are very similar to other joints in the body such as the knee.
- Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative condition caused by use and wear over time. The cartilage which separates the two bones wears away and causes the bones to rub together. This creates inflammation, pain, damage to the bones, and loss of motion.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: The outcomes are similar to osteoarthritis, but instead of wear causing the damage, the joint is attacked by your own body's immune system.
- Post-traumatic osteoarthritis: This can happen rapidly or slowly following a traumatic injury to the lower jaw.
A normal TMJ joint has a disc of cartilage that separates the two bones of the joint and allows the bones to slide easily against each other. However, the disc can become dislodged, inflamed, or stuck in place.
- Signs and symptoms of disc-related issues include popping, clicking, lockjaw, and pain when opening and closing your jaw.
Each side of your face has 4 main muscles that work together to open and close your jaw. They are the temporalis, masseter, lateral pterygoid and medial pterygoid.
- These muscles can become inflamed, injured, or damaged.
- Muscle pain is often mistaken for pain in the TMJ itself. It is important to properly diagnose the issue to determine the proper treatment.
- If you have muscle inflammation or damage, opening or closing your mouth can become difficult or painful.
- Muscle issues can also be mistaken for headaches, especially if the headaches are most severe in the mornings.
If you are nervous about your emergency dental needs, you are in the right place.
Our office specializes in treating nervous patients. Dr, Nelson has extensive training in sedation dentistry, and can offer services ranging from painless injection techniques, laughing gas, oral sedation, to IV sedation.
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Disorder. This term encompasses all of the possible issues that can arise with the structures of these joints. These issues fall into three main categories: bone disorders, disc disorders, and muscle disorders. You may have a combination of issues with multiple parts at the same time.
Are you having a TMJ-related dental emergency?
We are passionate about helping. Please don’t hesitate to call (336) 760-1277 to schedule an appointment today.
We will see emergency patients who are new to our office.
We understand how uncomfortable and life-altering TMJ pain can be. Dr. Benton and Dr. Nelson are committed to helping all patients in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area. We will see all emergencies, even if you are not patients of record at our office.
We are happy to schedule a same-day emergency TMJ evaluations.
We will do our best to rearrange our schedule so you can be seen on the same day that you call.
Come to the office ASAP:
The sooner, the better:
Splinting of injured teeth:
Temporary replacement of missing teeth:
Save the crown and pieces:
Schedule with our Winston-Salem office ASAP:
We will try to glue your old crown back on:
If your old crown is not salvageable, we will make a new one.
Occlusal splint (night guard)
The most common treatment to begin with is an occlusal splint. This is a special type of night guard that you wear while sleeping. There are many different types and styles of splints that are designed for different causes of your pain. Once your doctor determines the appropriate type of splint for your issue, then they will take molds of your teeth so our local Winston-Salem dental lab can fabricate a custom splint.
Many times physical therapy can help alleviate symptoms of TMD. Physical therapy can include stretching, exercise, and massages for the joint.
Occlusal Equilibration (Bite Adjustment)
Sometimes TMD symptoms are exacerbated by your teeth not fitting together appropriately. The doctor can make tiny, precise adjustments to your bite, known as an occlusal equilibration, which can help alleviate symptoms.
Palliative Care (Preventive or Protective Care)
The doctor will discuss your history of symptoms and determine the best palliative or preventive care regimen for you. This can include stretching exercises, prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxing medications), and avoidance of certain jaw movements.