Are you experience severe oral pain that’s impacting your day-to-day life? When you call Dentistry at Windermere, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and be with you through every step of the process. That way, you won’t have to deal with added stress, fear, or anxiety. Our emergency dentist does everything possible to fit you in the same day as the incident so we can ease your pain and get you back to your daily routine. For help or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.
When you face a dental emergency, the stress of the situation and fear of the unknown can make it difficult to make a sound decision and act quickly to prevent any additional damage from occurring. That’s why our team at Dentistry at Windermere is dedicated to being there for you when you need it. Here are some tips for your convenience.
Severe toothaches can be caused by something as simple as a popcorn kernel stuck between your teeth or a problem as serious as a tooth infection. In this case, it’s always a good idea to start by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater and gently flossing around your affected tooth. If your pain persists, contact our office immediately. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication to help with your discomfort and place a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to bring down any swelling.
Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater to remove any debris. Try to collect as many pieces of your damaged tooth as possible and store them in a sealable container. If your broken tooth has a jagged edge, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum on it to prevent it from damaging your oral tissues.
While handling your knocked-out tooth, be sure not to touch the root of it. Only grabbing it by the biting surface, rinse it under cool water and store it in a container with milk or saltwater. This will keep your tooth alive, allowing us to try to replant it when you get to our office. In this situation, time is of the essence, so try to get to our office within an hour of the accident.
Lost and damaged restorations are important to fix in a timely manner in order to prevent additional damage from occurring. If you’re able to find your filling or crown, you can rinse it off and try temporarily placing it back on your tooth with a little bit of toothpaste or some denture adhesive.
Although you can’t completely avoid dental emergencies, there are still some precautionary measures you can take in order to keep them from occurring. You can do this by:
Every dental emergency is different, and there are countless treatments that may be necessary to restore your smile, depending on your situation. That makes it practically impossible to place a single price on emergency dental care. Our staff at Dentistry at Windermere will inform you of what needs to be done to treat your issue and can help you get in touch with your insurance provider to determine whether your visit will be covered. We accept all traditional dental insurance as well as PPO plans and are an in-network provider for several companies.
In the event of a dental emergency, our team is always here for you to relieve your pain and help you move forward with a healthy smile. And since we know how stressful painful toothaches and other emergencies can be, we’ve put together answers to several common FAQs below to help you have all the information you need. But if you have any other questions or need an emergency dentist for yourself or a loved one, contact us anytime!
All of the following are examples of emergencies that need to be addressed immediately (but don’t hesitate to call us if you’re ever in doubt):
In most cases, no! In fact, as an experienced emergency dentist, we’re usually better able to address your needs and help you maintain your future oral health. With that said, there are some situations in which you should go to a hospital or urgent care center first, including:
Each case is different, so it will depend on the extent of damage to your tooth. However, we make every effort to save your natural teeth whenever possible. In the event that you do need an extraction, we’ll discuss replacement options such as a dental implant, bridge, etc.
In general terms, a toothache occurs when the nerve of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. That may due to a large cavity that reached the center of the tooth, an injury or accident, or a deep fracture that involves the nerve. In any case, a toothache is your body's way of telling you there's a problem that needs to be addressed right away.
Yes! It’s very important to keep the tooth moist, but tap water can cause the cells on the root to swell and burst. This not only damages the tooth but also makes it harder to save. Milk contains compounds that keep the tooth "alive" such as sugars that the cells need to survive, proteins to maintain the right balance of acids, and antibacterial agents.