Emergency Dentist – Coral Springs, FL
We Can Ease Your Discomfort and Repair Your Teeth
Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the worst possible times, and if you aren’t prepared for them, it can make the situation even more stressful. At Coral Springs Dentistry, we want to help ease your worries by providing you with fast, effective care that will prevent future issues from occurring. Our team of professionals is more than happy to walk you through basic first aid while you’re making your way to our office. We can see you the same day and we even offer extended night and weekend hours for your convenience. Don’t hesitate to contact us right away if you ever find yourself in a dental dilemma!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The phrase “dental emergency” is an umbrella term for a variety of issues that may need immediate attention. In any case, we’re here to help. Even if the accident happens after office hours, be sure to call our number, 954-507-3989, to get into contact with one of our dentists. They’ll be more than happy to offer you first aid advice in the meantime.
Toothaches can range from minor to severe pain. Sometimes, they can be caused by something as simple as a piece of lodged food between your teeth. To make sure this isn’t the case, be sure to brush and floss to try to gently remove any trapped debris. If your pain persists you can take an over-the-counter reliever, such as ibuprofen, to provide you with some comfort.
The first step to take if you’ve damaged your tooth is to gently rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water. Try retrieving any pieces of your tooth that you can find and bring them to your appointment. If there’s a sharp edge that can cut or damage your lip or oral tissues, you can cover it with a piece of dental wax temporarily.
In this situation, time is of the essence. Try to get to our office within an hour of the accident to increase the chances that we’ll be able to reattach the tooth. Find your knocked-out tooth and rinse it gently under cool water, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface. Keep the tooth moist by reinserting it into the socket. If you’re not able to do this, place it in a container of milk or between your cheek and gums.
Over time, restorations like fillings and crowns will eventually wear, making it a common occurrence for them to fall out or become damaged. When this happens, try to find it, rinse it under water, and attempt to place it on your tooth using denture adhesive that you can find at your local drug store. Remember that this is only a temporary solution to help protect it from further harm.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It may be easier to prevent dental emergencies than you thought. The best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of damage is to:
- Brush your teeth twice each day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss every day.
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash every day.
- Don’t bite or chew on hard items like fingernails, pencils, or ice.
- Treat bad habits such as bruxism (teeth grinding).
- Keep your teeth safe while playing sports by using a custom mouthguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different, which means that the cost of treatment varies drastically from patient to patient depending on the care they need. At Coral Springs Dentistry, we believe that no patient should have to throw their monthly budget out the window because of something out of their control like a dental emergency. That’s why we guarantee that we have an expert dentist that accepts your insurance. We also offer additional financing options like CareCredit to work with your budget. For any additional information, don’t hesitate to contact us! One of our dental professionals will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Do you still have questions pertaining to a dental emergency? Should one occur, having the right information can help you stay calm and keep a clear head. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies down below. If you have a question about emergencies that you don’t see answered on this page, feel free to contact us and ask away!
Should I Go to the Hospital or the Dentist?
While your emergency dentist has plenty of experience dealing with dental emergencies, there are some situations where it would be best to visit your local emergency room instead. If you think your jaw might be broken or dislocated, you are bleeding profusely from the mouth, or if you are experiencing swelling that is obstructing your airway, you should visit the ER of your hospital instead of our office. However, we can take care of virtually all other oral health problems.
Should Dental Emergencies Be Treated Immediately?
Dental emergencies are called emergencies for a reason. Unlike general medical problems that often get better if you leave them alone, dental health problems generally worsen the longer you ignore them. What starts out as a small cavity could turn into a larger infection that compromises your entire tooth if you don’t get it treated in a timely manner. That’s why you should contact our office immediately if you notice any of the dental emergencies described above.
Why Should I Put a Knocked-Out Tooth in Milk?
If you’re unable to place your tooth back in its socket, storing it in milk is the next best thing. This is because keeping the tooth moist is of the utmost importance when trying to make sure it’s viable for reattachment. While placing the tooth in water can help, milk actually has much of the same proteins as the tooth’s natural environment: your mouth. These proteins stimulate the growth of new root cells and prevent roots from swelling up or becoming even more damaged.
How Can I Manage the Pain?
Until you reach our office, applying an ice pack, topical treatment like Orajel, and taking over-the-counter pain pills can help alleviate your dental discomfort. However, if you’re experiencing severe oral bleeding, we recommend taking acetaminophen instead of ibuprofen or aspirin. Why? Ibuprofen and aspirin actually thin out your blood, so they may cause extra bleeding. Also, do NOT place aspirin directly on the sore tooth, because that can irritate your gums and ultimately make your toothache worse.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
In addition to take the steps listed above to prevent dental emergencies, you can also prepare an emergency kit with all the items you’d need for an urgent situation. Include items like:
- Piece of paper with our contact information
- Small container with a lid
- Gauze or cloth
- Small bottle of acetaminophen
- Dental wax