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Emergency Dentistry – Cocoa Beach, FL

Providing Quality Urgent Dental Care

Dental emergencies can take place in an instant, leaving people of all ages frightened and in pain. Unfortunately, a hospital emergency room may not always be the best place to go when you need urgent dental care.

At Nawrocki Dental, we know that prompt treatment is the best way to alleviate discomfort and give your teeth the best chances of survival – that’s why Dr. Gary Nawrocki, your emergency dentist in Cocoa Beach, welcomes in urgent cases as soon as possible. If you or a family member is experiencing an emergency situation, contact our dental office right away for emergency dentistry in Cocoa Beach, FL. Our team also sees patients from Merritt Island, FL and other surrounding areas.

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How to Handle Dental Emergencies

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Of course, sometimes it’s difficult or outright impossible to reach the dentist’s office right away. Here are some helpful first-aid tips for how to handle the most common dental emergencies we see:

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A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies that Dr. Nawrocki sees. If your discomfort is mild, then the problem may be that a particle of food is caught between two teeth near the gum line. Try flossing to see if that helps. Severe tooth pain may be an indication of an infected tooth or an abscess. In this case, you will need to visit our emergency dental office in Cocoa Beach as soon as possible, so we can assess the need for a root canal.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

If a significant fragment of the tooth has broken off, rinse it carefully and keep it with you. Then, rinse the mouth with warm water, hold gauze to the affected area if there is bleeding, and apply a cold compress or dishtowel to the cheek in order to minimize swelling and/or pain. We may be able to repair the tooth in some cases, but if the damage is too severe, a tooth extraction might be necessary.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

The sooner the tooth can be placed back into its original socket, the better chances are that the natural tissue will be able to support it once more. In fact, if Dr. Nawrocki is able to see you within an hour of the tooth being lost, then he may be able to reimplant your tooth.

If possible, contact our office immediately to let us know that you are on the way. In terms of caring for the tooth, try to only touch the crown and rinse it carefully under warm water. Do NOT touch the tooth’s root or any of the attached tissues. Then, place the tooth back into its original position within the mouth as carefully as possible, or hold it inside your mouth against the cheek. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk, a mild saline solution, or saliva in order to keep it moist.

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Lost Filling/Crown

Once you’ve lost your restoration, it’s likely that the affected tooth will become more sensitive. You can try using denture adhesive, toothpaste, or lip balm to hold the filling or crown in place. If this doesn’t work, then keep the restoration in a safe and cool place, because there’s a chance that Dr. Nawrocki will be able to reattach it once you arrive at our office. If new decay is present in the tooth, our team will treat it and then create a new crown or filling.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While not every dental emergency in Cocoa Beach can be avoided, you can take some precautions to minimize your risk. One of these precautions is better oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily, and visiting Dr. Nawrocki for biannual checkups and cleanings, can go a long way in preventing cavities and infections that turn into painful emergencies.

It also helps to be gentle with your teeth. If you play sports or habitually grind your teeth at night, ask us about making a custom mouthguard to protect your pearly whites from damage. You should also avoid chewing on hard items like ice or pens and using your teeth as tools to open packaging.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Determining the cost of emergency dental care can be difficult without first examining the specifics of your situation. First things first, we’ll get you out of pain so that you can be clear-headed when discussing your treatment options and their associated fees. Regardless of the kind of treatment that is required, we’ll work with you to develop a reasonable treatment plan. In addition to working with most dental insurance plans, we accept low-to-no interest payment plans through CareCredit. Plus, our in-house Nawrocki Loyalty Plan gives you one FREE emergency exam a year, as well as free preventive care and discounts on most restorative services.

Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy becomes necessary when a tooth is injured or decayed to the point that dangerous bacteria have penetrated its inner pulp and nerves. This procedure is often a saving grace that restores health to a tooth that would otherwise be lost, and Dr. Nawrocki strongly recommends it when necessary because of its high success rate and long-term results. You can rest assured that today’s comfort amenities and anesthetic technology has helped make root canal therapy more comfortable than ever before!

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Third molars (more commonly known as “wisdom teeth”) are the last adult teeth to emerge into the patient’s smile, usually arriving anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25. They are located at the bottom and top back corners of the mouth, near the throat. Unfortunately, this arrival isn’t typically a happy event. Because there is so little space left inside the mouth to accommodate new teeth at this late point in time, the teeth can become impacted (stuck) in a position that’s harmful to your oral health and overall wellbeing. At Nawrocki Dental, we regularly recommend extraction in order to protect patients and prevent dangerous infection and damage from occurring.

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Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you still have questions about what you should do in case you experience a dental emergency in Cocoa Beach? When you contact Nawrocki Dental, you’ll get in touch with one of our friendly staff members who will walk you through necessary first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below.

Should I visit an ER or my emergency dentist?

In the heat of a dental emergency situation, it can be difficult to make the decision of whether or not you should visit your local ER or emergency dentist. The best way to decide which facilities can best treat your unique emergency is to assess your situation and determine whether the symptoms you’re experiencing could be potentially life-threatening. If you have a broken or fractured jawbone, deep facial laceration, or are having difficulty breathing or swallowing, you’ll need to receive immediate medical attention from an ER. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to contact our office beforehand so we can advise you on what first-aid measures to take and treat your issue as soon as possible.

Do I need a root canal?

Many patients are worried about visiting an emergency dentist because they’re scared of the possible diagnosis. One treatment in particular strikes fear into many of our patients—root canal therapy. Although it has a scary reputation, root canals help many of our patients who come to use in severe pain with throbbing toothaches. Not only does the treatment take away their toothache, but it also helps preserve their natural tooth and prevent the infection from spreading to other surrounding teeth.

Some common signs that indicate the need for root canal therapy include:

  • Excessive oral sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Serious toothache pain
  • The formation of an abscess (pimple) on the gum tissue
  • Swelling and/or tenderness around a certain tooth

Of course, it’s important to remember that sometimes, no visible symptoms manifest. That’s why attending regular checkups here in Cocoa Beach is so important for your ongoing oral health and wellbeing.

What Happens During the Root Canal Procedure?

After appropriately numbing the tooth, Dr. Nawrocki will carefully create an opening on top of the tooth and remove diseased pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria from within with the help of special instruments. Once the tooth has been completely cleaned, it will be filled with a safe, biocompatible material and sealed shut to reduce the risk of further infection. Additionally, we strongly recommend the placement of a new, custom dental crown on top of the treated tooth. This will protect the dental structure from breakage and restore its full strength and function. Patients may experience some strong sensitivity immediately after the procedure, but this should subside over time once the tooth has a chance to fully heal.

Will my dental insurance cover my emergency visit?

Every dental insurance plan is different, which is why it’s always a good idea to contact your provider before assuming that a treatment will be covered by your benefits. If you have any questions, our team will be more than happy to help you find the answer. Plus, Dr. Nawrocki accepts various payment forms.

Will my toothache go away by itself?

As much as you’d like to wish that your toothache will disappear on its own, the likelihood of that happening is very slim. Often times, toothaches are caused by infections that are hidden deep beneath the surface of your tooth. When they’re left untreated, they can spread to other areas of your mouth, and even your body, causing additional damage and medical conditions that may require intensive treatment. That’s why we recommend visiting an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you experience any oral pain.

How Do You Remove Wisdom Teeth?

We handle the procedure as comfortably as possible, utilizing local anesthetic and sedation dentistry techniques as needed to help patient remain at ease. Patients will not be required to stay overnight and will be provided with all the post-operative instructions they need, as well as a prescription for pain medication upon request.

Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

If any of the following situations are already taking place or seem likely to our Cocoa Beach staff, extraction is a very real possibility:

  • The second molars are adversely affected by the wisdom teeth, resulting in higher risks of periodontal disease and decay.
  • Cysts and tumors are forming around impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Bacteria and food are becoming trapped under the gum tissue at a higher rate because of wisdom teeth.

Our team will use digital and panoramic X-rays in order to evaluate the current positioning of your wisdom teeth and pinpoint potential risk factors. Early evaluations are strongly recommended for younger, pre-teenage patients so that we can effectively catch and circumvent these concerns right away.

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