Emergency Dentist – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Helping Relieve Your Pain & Restore Your Smile
When the unexpected happens, it can be stressful to handle. That’s why our team at Seaside Family Dentistry is happy to be by your side and offer first-aid guidance as well as same-day care, whenever possible. If we’re unable to immediately see you, we’ll schedule your appointment for as soon as we’re able to. Many patients are unsure as to whether or not their situation requires urgent care. If you’re in doubt, we can let you know over the phone. Typically, if you feel as though something is serious, it likely is. In any case, our experienced and friendly team is here for you!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Thinking clearly in the middle of a dental emergency can be difficult, especially if you become easily overwhelmed. In any case, you should immediately contact our office so we can offer you advice on how to handle the situation and help minimize any pain and the possibility of additional oral damage. Here are some tips to help you.
If you believe your toothache could be caused by an object that is lodged between your teeth, such as a popcorn kernel, try using dental floss to remove it. Gently maneuver the floss between your teeth, and if your pain persists, contact us. Severe toothaches that keep you up at night and prevent you from being able to focus are often the result of tooth infections. In this emergency, it’s important to act quickly so we can attempt to save your natural tooth from extraction. To ease your pain, you can take ibuprofen until you reach our office.
In some cases, the damage caused to a tooth can be minor, which means that the situation won’t require urgent attention. However, it’s still important to have it checked out by Dr. Kellner to make sure that there’s no risk of future problems. For severely damaged teeth and oral pain, it’s best to avoid eating until you make it to our office. If the way your tooth broke has caused a sharp edge, you can place a sugar-free piece of gum over the area to prevent it from snagging on your oral tissues and causing a cut.
Immediately locate your tooth on the ground and gently pick it up, only handling it by the biting surface. Rinse it under cool water to remove any debris and store it in a container full of milk or salt water. It’s important that you get to our office within the hour, so we have a higher chance of replanting the tooth back in its socket.
A broken or lost filling or dental crown can be temporarily reattached using denture adhesive or a small dab of toothpaste. However, to prevent further damage, you’ll need to visit our office so we can repair or replace the restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Even though you can’t completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk. Here are some tips to help you avoid an unexpected visit to an emergency dentist:
- Protect your teeth from damage by wearing an athletic mouthguard or bruxism nightguard.
- Keep up with your dental hygiene routine.
- Visit Dr. Kellner every six months for checkups and cleanings.
- Maintain a nutritious diet.
- Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, and hard, whenever possible.
- Use tools like scissors to open packages and other items instead of your teeth.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Each dental emergency that we come across is different, which is why there’s no singular price for treatment. Someone who has a small chip on their tooth can easily be repaired with dental bonding, while a severe toothache often requires a root canal. Depending on your needs, the cost of your emergency appointment can vary. However, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be kept informed of the measures we’re taking to restore your oral health, and we’ll always speak with you first. We also offer additional financing options that make paying for a visit easy, so just ask our dental professional if you’d like more information!
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Even under the best of circumstances, dental emergencies are never ideal. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t really know how to handle the situation. As a result, you might be at least slightly panicked. Fortunately, your dentist in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Kellner, has more than a decade of experience treating dental emergencies. For your benefit, we’ve taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. If you have a question that you don’t see answered on this page, just give us a call and ask!
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
There are a wide variety of dental problems out there that could be considered emergencies. Because of this, it can be difficult to discern which ones warrant urgent care. The most common signs that you have a dental emergency on your hands are:
- Serious pain
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken, loose, or missing teeth
You may not be sure whether your situation counts as an emergency. Just to be on the safe side, it’s best to give our office a call anyway. We can determine whether you’re dealing with an emergency and administer treatment if necessary.
Should I Call the Emergency Room?
In an emergency, you may be tempted to call the hospital instead of your emergency dentist. This is usually the right thing to do if you have a broken or dislocated jaw, experience uncontrollable bleeding, or have difficulty breathing. For most other emergencies, though, you’re much better off contacting our office.
Most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff to deal with specific oral health concerns. The best they may be able to do is prescribe antibiotics or pain medication. Dr. Kellner can actually get to the bottom of your discomfort and effectively treat it.
Will My Tooth Have to Be Removed?
If you’re suffering through an intense toothache, you might be under the impression that the best way to alleviate the pain is to pull the tooth. However, tooth extractions are typically only done after we have exhausted all other treatment options. This is because missing teeth come with a whole host of oral health problems, like jawbone deterioration that increases your risk of further tooth loss. Not to mention, missing teeth can be costly to replace. For this reason, we will try to save your tooth at all costs. If we are unable to do so, we will make sure the extraction process is smooth sailing for you.
Do I Still Need Treatment If My Toothache Goes Away?
At first, you might be relieved if your tooth pain subsides on its own. However, if your toothache was due to an infection, your problem is far from over. It typically means the decay has spread to the center of the tooth and infected the nerve, damaging it to the point where it no longer sends pain signals to the brain. We will try to save your tooth with root canal therapy, but if that proves unsuccessful, we may need to extract the tooth altogether.