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
After you’ve called us for your dental emergency, you’ll need to take care of your teeth and manage your pain until you can get to our office. Below, you’ll find some basic tips for dealing with the more common dental emergencies. Our team can also give you advice tailored to your specific situation during your initial call. Taking the proper first aid steps can make the rest of the treatment process much easier.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed to keep discomfort to a minimum. Do not let the medication come in direct contact with the gums or the tooth itself. Do not bite or chew with the tooth in question, and take care to avoid irritating it when you are brushing and flossing.
Something Stuck Between the Teeth
You can often resolve this issue on your own with dental floss. Move the string gently back and forth between the teeth until the item is dislodged. Rinsing with mouthwash can also help clear out any debris caught in the nooks and crannies of your smile. Get in touch with us immediately if you can’t remove the object on your own or if it isn’t the source of the pain to begin with.
Check the damaged structure for sharp points that could damage the surrounding teeth and soft tissue. Place a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax over these areas. If you notice any bleeding, bite down on gauze or a clean cloth. Hold an ice pack over any swollen areas, and take pain relievers if you need to.
Knocked Out Tooth
Pick the tooth up by the crown – the part that’s normally seen when you smile – rinse it off, and try to put it back in its socket. Alternatively, you can store it in milk instead. In any case, you need to get to our office as soon as possible; tooth replantation is generally more successful if attempted within an hour or so.
Sometimes a tooth will be knocked loose in the mouth but won’t fall out entirely. You need to visit our office without delay if this happens. Do not touch the tooth or try to put it back in its place. Avoid chewing with the affected side of your mouth, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you need one.
An abscess is a bump on the gums that is generally a sign of an advanced infection. It’s normally accompanied with tooth pain, so follow the above tips for treating a toothache. Try rinsing with saltwater multiple times a day; this will help keep the area around the tooth clean.
Soft Tissue Injury
Hold clean gauze or a damp washcloth over the area until the bleeding stops. (You’ll need to call an emergency room if it doesn’t subside.) Afterwards, you can relieve the pain and swelling around the area with a cold compress until you arrive at our office.
If you lose a filling, treat the tooth as if it were chipped or broken. If a crown comes off but is still intact, try to temporarily reattach it with sugarless gum or dental cement.
Root Canal Therapy
Even though root canals have a bad reputation, they allow us to ease patients’ severe toothaches and preserve their natural teeth for years to come, so they can use them as they normally would. We also focus on making the process as painless and hassle-free as possible, so you won’t have anything to worry about. Sharp toothaches that wake you up at night and keep you from being able to focus are often the result of infections, which can become worse without timely maintenance. As soon as you visit our office to address your pain, we’ll diagnose the problem and develop a thorough treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In life, unexpected, uncontrollable things happen. You won’t always be able to prevent dental emergencies, but you can plan ahead to reduce your risk. Below are some of the steps you can take to keep your smile safe from harm.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
What may be a little problem today can quickly turn into a painful, large problem in the future. That’s why staying current with your checkups and cleanings is so important. These appointments not only allow our team to catch issues early on, but also remove plaque so that we can stop cavities and gum disease before they have a chance to start.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Do you brush your teeth for two minutes twice each day? Do you floss every day as well? These habits may seem trivial, but the truth is that they stop the buildup of plaque and tartar, which cause cavities. By taking excellent care of your teeth at home, you can keep your mouth infection and cavity free.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
If you crave sugary, carb-heavy foods, just remember that so do the bacteria in your mouth. They thrive on the bits of food left behind in your mouth and quickly form plaque. This sticky film adheres to your teeth, allowing erosive acids to damage your enamel. You need to make choices in your diet that don’t fuel harmful bacteria. In fact, you can actually help your smile when you eat healthier, more fibrous foods, such as apples, broccoli, leafy greens, carrots, and celery.
Wear a Mouthguard
For sports where contact occurs, you need to wear a mouthguard. Some research has shown that in the case of a blow to the head this little mouthpiece may not just protect your teeth but also your brain. Although store-bought mouthguards can slip or feel uncomfortable, a custom mouthguard from our practice can ensure a great fit.
You may not be able to stop clenching or grinding your teeth at night, but a custom nightguard can prevent the enamel from wearing down, chipping, or cracking. We’re happy to provide this appliance to protect your teeth from unnecessary damage.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
As tempting as it may be to pry something open or bite into a bag with your teeth, you need to resist! This habit puts immense pressure on your teeth and often results in chips or cracks. Take a few minutes to locate the tool (like scissors) you need to open the packaging properly. For the same reason, you should also avoid chewing on ice, pens, popcorn kernels, and other hard objects.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Protecting your oral health should come before all else during a dental emergency, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the question of price. Sooner or later, you’ll need to start considering the cost of repairing your teeth and protecting your oral health. Our staff is here to go over the factors that will need to be considered when thinking about the cost of dental care, and they’ll work with your insurance company on your behalf so that you don’t have to deal with the stress of filing a claim on top of recovering from your emergency.
Factors That Can Influence the Cost of Emergency Care
- Location: The cost of living tends to have a significant influence on how much a given practice is going to charge for its treatments. Call us to learn more about the prices we offer for fillings, root canals, and other treatments typically performed during an emergency.
- Severity of the Problem: Some emergencies are relatively simple to deal with while others are more complex, and that tends to influence the types of treatments required and how long the entire process lasts.
- Type of Treatment Required: The cost will obviously vary depending on the restorative care needed to save your tooth.
- Dental Insurance: If you have dental insurance, it can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses quite significantly.
Financial Options Available
We accept a number of different insurance policies, and we’ll always give you a good faith estimate of the coverage that you are likely to receive. We’ll make sure that you are fully informed about the insurance process and when the entire balance is due to be paid-in-full. For those that don’t have insurance, you can apply for third-party financing through CareCredit or Wells Fargo. You can also sign up for our in-office savings plan to enjoy discounts on a variety of our restorative services.
Why You Need to Schedule a Consultation Immediately
Leaving a dental emergency alone for too long will typically make the problem worse. This can make your out-of-pocket costs go up in a couple of different ways. First of all, the treatments you need will become more complex; an issue that could have been treated with a filling early on might eventually require a root canal, for example. And as an indirect result of needing more complex care, your insurance coverage might change; minor restorative services are usually better covered than major services. In short, it’s always better for your finances (and your smile) to have an emergency consultation done sooner instead of later.
Dental Emergency FAQs – Ormond Beach, FL
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can’t always be prevented, but you can be prepared for them! To help you have all the information you need to manage sudden dental pain or injuries, we’ve compiled answers to the most common dental emergency FAQs below. And feel free to contact us anytime with additional questions or if you ever need an emergency dentist in Ormond Beach.
How Do I Know If I’m Having a True Dental Emergency?
It can be difficult to know if you need immediate care or not, but a good rule of thumb is to call us if you’re ever in doubt. That said, here are some examples of dental emergencies that need to be treated right away:
- Anytime you can’t comfortably eat or sleep because you’re in too much pain
- Loose or knocked-out teeth
- Heavy bleeding
- Facial swelling or a pimple-like bump on your gums, both of which can be signs of a deep cavity or infection
- A chipped or broken tooth that’s causing pain
What Happens If I Wait To Get Emergency Dental Care?
In some cases, general health problems like a cold or flu will get better with time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to dental problems, which only get worse!
To avoid further pain and damage to your teeth, we recommend calling us immediately to make the first available appointment. Especially in cases like a knocked-out tooth because we have a better chance of saving it if we see you within an hour.
Is It True That Putting a Knocked-Out Tooth In Milk Actually Helps?
Yes. A knocked-out tooth must be kept moist to stay “alive,” but milk is a better choice than water. It contains antibacterial agents, sugars that the cells on the root need to survive, and proteins to maintain the right balance of acids, all of which keep the tooth healthier and make it easier to save.
In a Dental Emergency, Will I Need an Extraction or Root Canal?
Not necessarily, but each situation is different, so it will depend on the type and severity of the problem. With that said, our main goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. To assess the damage, we’ll start with an exam and diagnostic images like X-rays. From there, we’ll discuss our findings and recommend the best type of treatment.
If you have a deep cavity or severe toothache, a root canal can relieve your pain and treat the infection while preventing the need for an extraction. Afterward, a dental crown can be done to restore the strength, function and appearance of the tooth.
However, if a cavity or injury has destroyed most of a tooth’s structure, an extraction may be necessary. In these cases, we’ll also discuss replacement options such as a dental implant or bridge.