Handling Tooth Pain
While Waiting To Be Seen
If you had bleeding, then don’t drink anything aside from water while waiting to be seen, and don’t even drink that if you are still actively bleeding. Wait until the bleeding has stopped. When you call us, find out if is safe for you to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, assuming these are safe for you to take naturally.
Following any type of dental trauma, your first concern needs to be the health of your mouth. If you were hit, fell, or injured in any way, you need to assess the situation.
For established patients, we will do whatever we can to try and fit you in the same day, as quickly as possible. For new patients, we will do what we can to try and help as well. If we cannot fit anyone in as quickly as would be necessary, depending on the trauma and situation, we will advise you on where to go for treatment.
What Is Considered To Be A Dental Emergency?
There are a lot of different oral health issues that count as dental emergencies. The most obvious category is dental trauma. If you are hit in the mouth, your tooth could break, chip, become loose, or even be knocked out entirely. These are all serious dental emergencies, and require immediate care.
However, many other things also count as dental emergencies. For example, if you are struck in the mouth and you have cuts on your gums, lips, tongue, or any other oral tissue that won’t stop bleeding, you may need to see a dentist to have the cuts cleaned and stitched shut.
Toothaches are another common dental emergency. If you have a serious, painful toothache, you need to see a dentist right away. This usually indicates a very deep cavity that may soon become infected, or a tooth infection.
Even issues that seem minor may count as dental emergencies. For example, if you have a piece of food stuck between your teeth that you can’t get out with floss or brushing, that’s an emergency. You shouldn’t try to remove it on your own, and you should see a dentist, because having an object lodged between your teeth could lead to a serious oral infection.
The best thing to do if you’re not sure whether or not your issue is an emergency is to call Elite Dentistry at (407) 658-0103. You can discuss your situation with our team, and determine whether or not you need an immediate, same-day emergency appointment.
What Do I Do If I Chipped A Tooth?
First, you should recover the tooth fragment. Then, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean your chipped tooth. Place the tooth fragment into a small container with some cold milk, or wrap it in a clean, wet paper towel or piece of gauze and bring it in with you to your appointment.
Next, call Elite Dentistry for an emergency appointment. You can discuss the specifics of your situation, and Dr. Ashy will see you as soon as possible.
You also should take a look at the tooth. If the chip looks small and hasn’t left a sharp, jagged edge, it may have only affected the outer layer of your tooth, which is a good thing. That means the chip could be re-attached, or the tooth may be repaired with dental bonding or a veneer.
However, if you see any pinkish discoloration, that means the chip is much deeper, and may have exposed the pulp inside your tooth. You will likely need to get a dental crown, and you might also need root canal therapy.
How Long Will It Take To Be Seen?
If you are a current patient at Elite Dentistry, Dr. Ashy will do everything he can to see you on the same day you experience your emergency. We usually build some extra time into our schedule so that we can handle emergency patients right away.
This also depends on the severity of your issue. If you have a knocked-out tooth, for example, this must be replaced within 1-2 hours or the tooth will die, so Dr. Ashy will see you immediately.
For a more minor dental emergency, you may need to wait a bit longer. But rest assured, we’ll provide you with treatment as soon as you can. Contact us now (407) 658-0103 to get the help you need for your dental emergency in Orlando.
Knocked Out Tooth?
If anything has been knocked out of your mouth, make sure that you collect the tooth or any broken tooth material and place it in a container with clean water or milk. If it was a tooth that was knocked out, only hold that tooth by the area where you would chew, and rinse it in clean water before putting it in a container. Call us immediately as knocked-out teeth require immediate attention. Our number is 407-658-0103.
Pain Management for Dental Emergencies
You can use a cool compress on the outside of your cheek while waiting to be seen, as that can help keep the pain and swelling down. Try not to touch the injured area, even with your tongue, as that can not only increase your pain and swelling, but also introduce bacteria to the wound. Come in as soon as you can be seen, and let us handle everything from there!
If you cannot get a hold of us, head to the nearest emergency room or go in and see your physician. That way, you do not delay in getting seen to where your dental health could be negatively impacted.
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