Gainesville Dental Emergency
At Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry, we strive to provide excellent emergency dental care in Gainesville, FL to everyone in North Central Florida at both of our office locations. If you have a dental emergency, schedule an appointment our Gainesville dentist today.
The words “dental emergency” are a broad term to describe an injury to the mouth. The severity of the emergency may be open to interpretation by the person who is in pain. We all respond to pain differently, and dental injuries often cause excruciating pain. In any dental emergency situation, it is important to remain calm and immediately contact your emergency dentist in Gainesville, FL to schedule an appointment. Please remember that although you may be in pain, the situation at hand may not necessitate an immediate appointment. We try to see all of our patients who are experiencing pain and discomfort, not only for their relief, but to ensure that there are not underlying issues or complications that could be more severe.
What is a Dental Emergency?
At Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry, we consider a dental emergency to be a(n):
- Abscessed Tooth
- Chipped or Broken Tooth
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Extruded Tooth
- Lost Filling
- Lost Crown
- Broken Braces Wire
- Loose Brackets & Bands
I Have A Dental Emergency. What Should I Do?
If you are experiencing pain, swelling or fever for any other reason, please call us right away. You may have an underlying condition that can be causing you discomfort, and these types of dental emergencies can become severe if left untreated.
5. Treat Affected Area
Apply a cold compress to the area if swelling is present. Rinse the affected area with antiseptic mouthwash or warm saltwater to clean the tooth and gums.
1. Take Medication
In most cases of a dental emergency, you can take over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain. Do not place an aspirin on the tooth or gums, as this can damage the gum tissue. Instead, take the appropriate amount of ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed.
2. Save the Tooth
If a tooth has chipped or broken, a crown or filling comes loose or a band falls off of a tooth, collect the pieces and bring them to your appointment.
3. Clean Tooth and Gums
If a tooth has been knocked out, do not handle it by the root. Gently cleanse the tooth and the area in your gum line, and try to reinsert the tooth. If it will not go back in, place the tooth in a small container with milk to keep it moist and bring it to your appointment.
4. Prevent Infections
An abscessed tooth is an infection and cannot be treated at-home. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of your body and be life-threatening.