Emergency Dental Care
It’s common to experience a toothache, but how do you know when your dental issue is an emergency? It’s considered a dental emergency if you have the following symptoms:
- Severe pain and bleeding
- Tooth loss from injury or accident
- An abscess or infection in the mouth
- Facial swelling
These are issues that require immediate attention to stop bleeding, alleviate pain or treat an infection. On the other hand, there are dental problems that are not as urgent, but for which we would like to see you as soon as possible. A chipped tooth that doesn’t hurt is one such occasion. A lost crown or filling is also not considered an emergency, but we will want to get it taken care of so it doesn’t cause further damage.
If you do encounter an emergency, please call our office right away. In the meantime, here is what you can do:
- If a tooth has been knocked out, carefully pick up the tooth and try not to touch the root. Rinse it off gently and place it in a small container of milk to bring it with you to our office — this increases the chances of saving it.
- If you experience a tooth fracture, rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to stop the swelling.
- A dental abscess is a very serious condition. It can cause fever, tooth sensitivity, pain, and swelling in the face. Please call our office right away as the infection can spread to surrounding tissue, the jaw and other parts of your body. Rinse your mouth with mild salt water to keep it clean until you see us.
While we hope you can avoid these types of emergencies, please know that we are here for you if you do experience one. At Integrity Dental of Wellington, FL, we will provide you with expert care and restore your dental health.