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Posted on: June 4, 2020
When to Seek Help for a Dental Emergency in Sarasota
Having a bad toothache is overwhelming. You can’t eat or sleep, let alone go to work. The most important thing you can do is to not ignore the pain. Call our office as soon as you are able for a walk-in dental appointment. In the meantime, you can rinse with warm salt water and apply a cold compress to your cheek. Our dentist can see you on an emergency basis, examine your tooth, find the problem and then repair it so the pain won’t return.
What Is a Dental Emergency in Sarasota?
Dental emergencies frequently, but not always, involve pain. Swelling and uncontrolled bleeding are also dental emergencies. If you’re concerned about whether you have a dental emergency, please call our office for guidance. We will advise you on what to do until we can get you in for an emergency visit.
Large cavities account for many emergency visits. People don’t stop getting cavities as they age; they are actually common in adults. One reason is that adult gums tend to recede and the exposed tooth roots don’t have protective enamel, so they easily get cavities. Adults also can have old, weak fillings that allow decay to get underneath the filling.
Examples of dental emergencies include:
- Throat swelling that may make it more difficult to breathe
- A fractured tooth causing dental pain
- A knocked-out tooth
- Mouth pain accompanied by a fever
- An injury to your gum with heavy bleeding
We also treat the following as emergencies since they are inconvenient and may expose a vulnerable tooth to decay or damage:
- A loose or dislodged filling or crown
- A veneer falling off
- Damaging a bracket on braces, a bridge or a denture
- Bleeding gums after brushing or red, swollen gums
- Unexplained tooth sensitivity that comes on suddenly
7 Reasons for Needing Treatment for a Dental Emergency in Sarasota
If you or one of your family members experiences the following issues, call us immediately for an emergency visit at our dental practice.
1. Lost Filling: Ignoring a lost or broken filling needs emergency care as it can allow bacteria to enter the cavity, potentially causing you to need a root canal. The tooth is also more vulnerable to breaking if the cavity is large and isn’t filled.
2. Gum Injury: If you cut your gum, our dentist can determine if there are also any injuries to your teeth and treat the wound.
3. Post-Extraction Pain: Normally, you can expect discomfort after a dental tooth extraction. There’s a condition called dry socket, however, which causes intense pain that will require emergency services. It occurs when the blot clot at the extraction site dislodges or fails to form. You must have a dentist treat this emergency because the bone and nerves are exposed to air and debris.
4. Swelling: Facial swelling near the mouth or jaw can indicate a serious dental issue, from an infection to a fractured jaw, and should be treated as an emergency.
5. Uncontrolled Bleeding: If your wound does not stop bleeding heavily an hour after a dental extraction, even after applying pressure, you should have it checked out immediately. Any other uncontrolled oral bleeding is also an emergency.
6. Fractured Jaw: A fractured jaw is a serious emergency. Not seeking emergency treatment could result in future difficulties. Bleeding, swelling and pain are common symptoms of a fractured jaw.
7. Knocked-Out Tooth: A knocked-out tooth needs urgent dental care. Pick up the tooth, without touching the root. Rinse it off very gently and try to reinsert it. If you can’t, keep the tooth moist in milk and call us immediately for an emergency appointment. If you engage in contact or extreme sports, consider buying a tooth preservation kit. If the kit is American Dental Association approved, it will preserve your tooth for about 24 hours and increase the chances of successful re-implantation.
Why You Should Always Seek Emergency Treatment for Dental Abscesses
A tooth abscess is a serious dental emergency. You’ll experience pain, which is often agonizing, and swelling. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth, a fever and a sore on your gum. You need to seek treatment immediately as the dental infection can spread throughout your body, causing serious complications, including, in rare cases, death. Our emergency dentist will customize a dental treatment plan based on your specific needs, which may include antibiotic therapy, draining the abscess, a root canal or extracting the tooth if you wait too long.
What Should I Be Aware of If I Fracture a Tooth?
If you chip your tooth and don’t feel pain, please call and let us know. We can often repair chips and restore your tooth’s appearance. Be careful not to chip it further before you see our dentist. If you fracture (crack) your tooth, call us right away as there can be damage inside the tooth. Our dentist will suggest the best emergency treatment after taking an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage.
If you engage in activities such as contact sports, or you grind your teeth at night, you should be wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth. You can buy a boil-and-bite mouth guard approved by the ADA or you can have our dentist make a custom guard for you. Athletes will find a sports guard useful for contact sports or sports where participants frequently fall. It’s a cost-effective way to avoid dental emergencies and protect your natural teeth.
Call us if you have a dental emergency in Sarasota and to get advice about what to do until we can see you. You can also contact our dental team online. We look forward to helping you.