Experiencing a dental emergency can be a frightening experience. Especially if you aren’t sure what you can do about it on such short notice. Fortunately, at Florida Dental Solutions we understand that dental pain doesn’t work on a nine-to-five schedule. That’s why we offer comprehensive emergency dental emergency services to our South Palm Beach and Northern Broward County clients.
At Florida Dental Solutions, we provide the highest-quality emergency dental care for our patients at affordable pricing. And we offer it on Saturdays too, because we know tooth problems happen on the weekends too! If you are experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call right away at 954-362-4102.
Types of Dental Emergencies
While many may not consider it a dental emergency, a sudden toothache can be a very painful symptom of a much larger issue. For this reason, if you develop a sudden toothache, you should seek emergency dental treatment right away.
Symptoms of a severe toothache may include, but are not limited to:
- A sharp, acute pain which may feel like your tooth is being stabbed by a sharp, pointed object.
- Throbbing or pulsating pain.
- Inflammation around the tooth or along the gum line.
- Irritation of the gumline.
- Generalized pain which may be difficult to pinpoint.
If you have a severe toothache, it may be just one symptom of a much bigger underlying problem. This is especially true if a toothache is present with other worrying symptoms, such as a fever or chills. If these symptoms are also present, it may be the sign of a serious bacterial infection. These are often caused by severe tooth decay and should be treated by a dentist without delay.
If you are waiting for an emergency dental appointment, here are some tips on how to deal with tooth pain at home.
Knocked Out Teeth
Also known as an avulsed tooth, a knocked out tooth is no joking matter. When a tooth is knocked out of the mouth, it may damage the mouth, nerves, tissue and blood vessels attached to it. The good news is that if a tooth which was knocked out can be replaced in the socket promptly, usually within the hour, there is a chance the damaged tissues may regenerate and support the tooth once again.
If you lose a tooth, first try to pick it up and clean it, without touching the root. If possible, try placing it back into the socket, or failing that, the cheek’s pouch. Should neither of these be a viable option, place the tooth into a cup of milk to preserve it.
Just like with knocked out teeth, a loose or dislodged tooth may be salvageable. This is particularly true if the tooth is still attached to the blood vessels and nerves. Before making a call to our office, try to use a cold compress and pain relievers to help counteract any pain or discomfort you may be feeling.
While teeth are generally very strong, that does not mean that they aren’t prone to breaks, cracks or fractures. Cracks, breaks, and fractures may have any number of causes, but usually, they are the result of trauma, biting or grinding. A cracked tooth may not be painful in all cases, but if the crack reached down to the root of the tooth, it can cause intense discomfort.
If your tooth has become cracked or broken, there are some steps you can take at home after calling for an emergency appointment:
- Rinse the broken fragment of the tooth in lukewarm, or tepid, water.
- Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water as well.
- Apply gauze to the area if bleeding is present.
- Use a damp, cold washcloth on the cheek if there is swelling present.
- If you can, use an over-the-counter emergency dental cement to prevent infection if you cannot get an immediate appointment.
- Use pain relievers to mitigate any pain or discomfort.
Lost Crowns or Fillings
Most often, a crown or a filling may come loose during the process of eating. The reason for the loss of a crown is often due to the tooth beneath it decaying, altering the shape of the tooth and loosening its bond with the crown. If the crown or filling falls out of the mouth, often the affected area becomes intensely sensitive to changes in temperature or pressure.
If a crown falls out, there are steps you can take to possibly salvage it. Once you have made an emergency appointment, try storing the crown in a cool, safe environment, as this offers the best odds of a successful re-insertion of the crown later.
If emergency dental care is not immediately available, there are steps you can take to help alleviate any discomfort:
- Apply clove oil to the affected area to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. You can find clove oil at most pharmacies or drug stores.
- Try to re-apply the crown using emergency dental cement. While this is a temporary fix, it can help reduce any pain or discomfort you may feel.
- If the crown or filling is lost, apply dental cement to the exposed area.
- If you attempt any of these home remedies while awaiting an emergency dental appointment, you must make sure that you avoid using any glue products to re-attach a crown or loose filling, as these will cause further damage to your tooth.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Toothaches are painful. Visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. Especially for children. At Florida Dental Solutions. we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience for your entire family. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to help your child say hello to better health, give us a call today at 954-362-4102.
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6902 Stirling Road
Davie, Florida 33024
Monday – Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Available 24/7 for emergencies