Here in Orange City, our team understands the importance of treating a dental emergency right away. In an instant, one can throw your daily routine completely off-balance! What you need most is a trusted, caring team that can see you fast, not in a few more days or weeks. At Mark L. Voltarel, DMD, PA, we strive to be the oral healthcare home for patients and families that need us most. Do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency appointment – in many cases, Dr. Voltarel can fit you in on the same day as your call!
Virtually any dental emergency can be sorted into two major categories. First, there are the sudden accidents that can strike without warning, such as a ball to the face during a game or a tumble down some stairs at work, leaving patients with dental fractures, oral injury, and even loss of teeth. The other type is more gradual and has many more warning signs; it occurs when patients neglect their oral hygiene to the point that an advanced infection develops, resulting in acute discomfort. Keep reading below to learn more about how to best navigate these emergency situations when they strike:
Is it possible that a piece of food or other stray debris is causing the discomfort? You can rule out this possibility by flossing and rinsing very thoroughly. If the discomfort persists, then it is most likely occurring because of extensive decay that is present in one or more teeth. Dr. Voltarel may be able to alleviate this damage with root canal therapy, so do not hesitate to contact him for further assistance. In the meantime, feel free to take an over-the-counter medication like Aspirin to make it through the day more easily – just do not place the medication directly on the gum tissue or tooth surfaces! This could cause additional damage.
If trauma has caused your tooth to have a rough edge, try covering it with sugarless gum or a piece of wax paraffin to prevent cutting your lip and/or tongue. Facial swelling is also likely to occur with this type of damage, depending on the severity, but using a cold compress can help keep it to a minimum. Contact Mark L. Voltarel, DMD, PA right away to schedule an emergency appointment. Our team may be able to repair the tooth with a custom-made dental crown, or if the damage is too severe, an extraction might be required – we will not know until we can assess the damage.
While lost fillings and crowns are not necessarily true emergencies, they can often lead to sensitivity. This is because the previously treated tooth is now exposed to new pressure, air, and temperature. If you still have the crown, you can try placing it back over the tooth with the help of some tooth cement, denture adhesive, or petroleum jelly – these items are often available at the local pharmacy. Then, contact our Orange City practice to schedule an appointment.
Is it possible to guard against dental emergencies with 100% certainty? No, unfortunately. But, there are definitely ways to minimize you and your family’s odds of experiencing one over the years. Follow these simple tips:
Every dental emergency situation is very different. Some patients may be able to go home with a simple prescription, while others will need extensive restorative care, oral surgery, or maybe even a brand-new replacement for a lost tooth. At Mark L. Voltarel, DMD, PA, we will help you explore your options and lay out all price information in clear, concise terms so that you can make the most confident decision possible.