Emergency Dentistry

A woman experiencing a heavy toothache and is in need of emergency dentistry

We use this umbrella term to describe all sorts of issues related to teeth and their supporting tissues with an emphasis put on treating or fixing those issues by our professionals. Emergencies do not necessarily involve pain, although pain is usually a precursor for medical intervention. In other cases, it can be bacterial/fungal/viral infections as well as fractured teeth or dental restoration. The goal of our dentists during such circumstances is to provide quick and convenient assistance every day throughout the year.

Please contact our Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry 24 hour emergency clinic if you require immediate attention. Here are some of the most common of dental emergencies:

Knocked out Tooth?

The sooner a knocked out tooth is re-implanted, the more likely it will reattach itself back to the gum. Should your tooth get knocked out, make an emergency appointment with your dentist to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can:

  • Rinse the tooth in milk, but remember to hold it by the crown and not the roots
  • You can attempt to put the tooth back into the socket
  • If you cannot re-implant the tooth by yourself, simply store it in a clean container, which also contains milk or preferably your saliva

Chipped or Broken Tooth?

sad girl holding a defective teeth drawn on a sheet of paper over her mouth

Teeth have living tissues inside them and exposing them after the crown has been chipped or fractured can lead to serious problems in the future. Any obvious damage is a sign to call an emergency dental office so that your dentist can prevent the fracture from spreading and getting worse.

In the meantime, you can:

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water
  • Apply something cold to the check or lips over the tooth that has been broken
  • If you find fragments of your tooth, store them in a container, which again has milk or your saliva in it

Toothache?

Usually caused by injury or dental decay (or cavity), a toothache is a common precursor for emergency dental intervention, especially if the pain persists. It can originate from within a tooth or surrounding bone and gum structures. Pressure while chewing and temperature changes usually stimulate toothaches, but there are some instances where pain occurs without any stimulation. The bothersome sensation is a signal that emergency dental attention is required before things get worse.

In the meantime, you can:

  • Regularly rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Try to clean all the debris found in obvious cavities
  • Use dental floss to remove food particles trapped between the affected tooth
  • Place a cold compress on the outside of the lips or cheeks should swelling occur
  • Take pain relief only if necessary

Should you find yourself with a dental emergency and in need of professional assistance, feel free to contact us at Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry either via phone or online to receive help in a matter of hours. We are at your disposal seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

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