Emergency Dentist – Ormond Beach, FL
Putting Smiles Back on Faces
Dental emergencies can be sudden, inconvenient, and very scary. At Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a simple philosophy when it comes to emergency dentistry. Taking care of you is our number one priority, even if it means we have to come in early, stay late, or work through lunch. Dr. Nawrocki will always find time to see urgent cases, providing experienced treatment and fast relief as soon as possible. If you’re need of help, don’t wait — contact our Ormond Beach location immediately to schedule an appointment. Patients from Port Orange, FL and other nearby areas are always welcome, too.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
During a dental emergency, your first step should always be calling our Ormond Beach dentistry team. We’ll be happy to help you assess the situation and walk you through first aid and pain management steps over the phone. Below, you’ll find some basics, but if you don’t remember it all, we’re here to help.
A toothache can be caused by a number of issues, and we’ll help you determine the cause and provide treatments, including root canal therapy, to restore your tooth to healthy, pain free function. Until you reach our office, take over the counter pain relievers as directed. You can also use topical numbing medications to reduce discomfort. Avoiding eating with the painful tooth and take special care to avoid irritating the tooth when brushing and flossing.
If you’ve chipped or broken your tooth, carefully examine the damaged structure to make sure that any sharp points will not unnecessarily damage surrounding teeth and soft tissue. To protect the damaged tooth and stop any bleeding, you may need to bite down on gauze or clean cloth. Once bleeding has stopped, you can use orthodontic wax to cover sharp areas. Use ice to help with swelling, relieve pain, and slow bleeding. To relieve pain until you reach our dental office, you can follow the instructions for toothaches above. Do not apply topical analgesics to damaged soft tissue.
If at all possible, replace your knocked-out tooth in the vacated socket and bite down on gauze or clean cloth. This will hold the tooth in place and slow bleeding. If you’re not able to replace the tooth, store it in water or milk and bite down on the gauze or cloth to slow blood flow. You can use ice packs to prevent swelling, slow blood flow, and relieve pain. Otherwise take over the counter pain relievers as directed. If at all possible, avoid eating, brushing, and flossing until we’ve had an opportunity to examine your smile. If this is not possible use caution and avoid doing any additional damage.
If a filling falls out, you can simply follow the directions for a chipped or broken tooth above. For more advanced dental crowns, we encourage patients to replace the crown whenever possible. If the crown can’t be replaced, bring it with you to your emergency dental appointment and follow the instructions for chipped and broken teeth above.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
You won’t always be able to prevent dental emergencies, but you can plan ahead to reduce your risk. Some of the steps you can take to prevent dental emergencies include:
- Brushing and flossing teeth each day and visiting our office at least two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings
- Wearing mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during athletic events and from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching
- Avoiding unhealthy habits like using teeth to open packages or chewing on ice or fingernails
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Depending on the restorative dentistry services you need to repair the function of your smile, the cost of dental emergencies will vary. During your emergency dentistry appointment, we’ll begin by relieving pain and ensuring your safety. Then, we’ll explain your treatment options and the costs associated with each before we get started. In order to offset the out of pocket costs of your dental treatment, we will be happy to process and file dental insurance claims. We can also work with financiers who offer low and no interest payment plans for medical and dental care. If you have questions or concerns about the price of your emergency treatments, please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what we’re here for.