Emergency Dentist Saves Palm Beach Gardens Smiles
Dental emergencies are stressful and painful. At Smile Solutions Dentistry, we’re the emergency dentist Palm Beach Garden turns to. We are always here when you need us most during an emergency!
It’s easy to lose your cool when the unexpected happens to you or someone you love, but remaining calm is of the utmost importance. The best way to keep your cool during a dental emergency is to have a plan for seeking care and maintaining health. Dr. Nirav Patel invites patients to contact our team right away during a dental emergency. We’re happy to see patients from Palm Beach Gardens, The Acreage Community Park, and beyond. 24/7 emergency dentistry appointments are available!
Please don’t hesitate to contact our team, even if you experience dental pain or trauma outside of regular office hours.
Is It a True Emergency?
If you are unsure whether your condition is an emergency, we encourage you to go ahead and give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk you through some basic first aid and pain management tips, as well as make recommendations for follow-up care.
Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Cracked, broken or fractured teeth
- Broken or lost temporaries or restorations
- Severe toothache, abscess
- Objects caught between teeth
- Damaged dentures or other dental prosthetics
- Soft tissue lacerations
- Facial trauma following an accident
In most cases, emergency dentist, Dr. Patel is able to treat people from the comfort of our Palm Beach Gardens, FL practice, but there are some emergencies where the added safety of a hospital facility may be necessary. For patients experiencing severe facial trauma, blood loss, or a possibly broken jawbone, we encourage you to proceed to your nearest emergency room right away.
Your Next Steps After Emergency Care
What you do after a dental emergency can mean the difference in saving your tooth or not. Knocked out teeth that are not treated within two hours of loss, for example, usually cannot be reattached.
First, find and store any larger missing pieces. Rinse away any debris, but do not scrub a lost tooth. Avoid touching its root. Keeping the root moist is crucial, so store a knocked out tooth in a cup of milk or water.
If you are bleeding from the wound, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe the area and prevent infection. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce discomfort until you can reach our office. We may prescribe something stronger if you need it for recovery.
How We Treat Emergencies
Your treatment plan following a dental emergency will depend on your specific needs. Because emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, treatments vary -- but for the most part, we will get you out of pain and on with your life with the following procedures.
- Root canal therapy for a severely aching tooth
- Reattachment of a knocked out tooth when possible
- Placing a crown on a broken filling that cannot be repaired
- Removing foreign objects with special tools
- Closing lacerations in the soft tissues
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While you cannot ever completely protect yourself from a dental emergency, you can take some steps to help make sure your teeth and gums are protected from injury. First of all, visit your dentist every six months for a routine examination and hygiene appointment. When we can see your smile regularly, we can steer your smile clear of cavities, gum disease, and other health hazards. We also detect issues almost as soon as they develop to provide the most conservative treatment possible.
You should also make sure you wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night. A customized sports guard protects your teeth, gums, and can even reduce the risk of concussion.
Second, kick back habits like nail biting and chewing on ice. Avoid opening packages with your teeth -- in short, always keep foreign objects away from your mouth.
Get In Touch With Us ASAP!
Have you or someone you love just experienced dental trauma? Call our team as soon as you have the opportunity, and we will be happy to help you with any dental reconstruction once we’re sure your health and safety are cared for.