Emergency Dentistry – Big Pine Key, FL
Get Emergency Dental Treatment Fast!
It’s almost impossible to predict a dental emergency, but when it does happen, you want to be able to visit a dentist who has your needs in mind. Whether you’re experiencing a bad toothache caused by untreated tooth decay or you’ve sustained a broken tooth after playing a contact sport without the right protective gear, Dr. Cobb wants you to know that she has a plan to get you out of discomfort fast. Call our office to get your dental emergency handled today!
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency strikes, one of the first things you should do is call our office so that we can schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you get to our office, the more effectively we can address your issue and get you out of discomfort. The last thing you should do is put off your care, even if you think you can handle it on your own. Our team members are experts in providing emergency care tips, regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing. Prior to your visit, here’s what you should do to improve your situation.
Use floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. If pain does not stop, take over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Avoid aspirin as direct contact from it can cause a burning sensation in your tooth. Apply a cold compress to your face to reduce any swelling. In many cases, a toothache is a sign that root canal therapy is necessary.
Collect any pieces of tooth that you can and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our office. If the tooth is jagged or sharp in any way, cover it with dental cement, dental wax, or sugar-free gum to avoid accidentally cutting your oral tissue and gums. Apply a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to treat swelling and inflammation. Take ibuprofen or naproxen sodium to reduce pain. If the damage is too extensive, we may have to extract the tooth completely.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not touch the root nor remove any tissue still attached to the root. After gently rinsing off any dirt or debris from the tooth and washing your mouth out with lukewarm water, place the tooth back into your socket to keep it preserved. You can also place it in between your cheek and gums or in a container of milk or saltwater until you get to our office. You’ll want to get to our practice within the hour if possible to increase your chances of reimplantation.
After cleaning the restoration, you can use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free gum to temporarily reseat the crown until you get to our office. This should not be considered a permanent solution. If you do not have the restoration, cover the tooth with dental wax or gum to reduce exposure to oral bacteria.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies can be prevented when you take the time to practice a few key preventive tips. To start, you should always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit Dr. Cobb for routine checkups and cleanings. These habits help you catch dental problems before they turn into dental emergencies as well as keep plaque and tartar production at bay. Additionally, you should always avoid chewing on ice or inedible objects which can easily cause a tooth to crack or chip.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The only way to know for sure how much your emergency dental treatment will cost is to speak with a dentist directly and have them examine your specific condition. Treatments can vary in cost depending on how extensive your care needs to be. For example, if your toothache is caused by simple decay, we’ll remove the infection and restore your tooth with a filling or crown. However, decay that extends to the root may require more extensive care and therefore higher costs. Either way, the cost of treating your issue only goes up the longer you wait to address the problem, and Dr. Cobb and her team are prepared to help you work out a treatment plan that you can afford.