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 welcomes in urgent cases as soon as possible. If you or a family member is experiencing an emergency situation, contact our Cocoa Beach, FL office right away for assistance. Our team also sees patients from Merritt Island, FL and other surrounding areas.
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:
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 30 minutes of when the tooth is 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.
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 reinsert it once you arrive for an appointment. If new decay is present in the tooth, our team will treat it and then create a new crown or filling.
If a significant fragment of the tooth has broken off, rinse it carefully and keep it with you. Then, rinse the mouth, apply gauze to the affected area in the mouth if there is bleeding, and apply a cold compress or dishtowel to the cheek in order to minimize swelling and/or pain.
If the tooth remains in the mouth and is still attached to vital nerves and blood vessels, there’s a good chance that it can be saved. Schedule an appointment right away, and in the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate discomfort. Root canal therapy may be required to facilitate full healing.
A toothache is one of the more 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 be seen as soon as possible, so the dentist can assess the need for a root canal.