Experience the Fast Emergency Dentistry Care You Need
Maybe you’ve fallen and cracked a tooth on the sidewalk, or maybe you have a toothache that’s been building and building to the point that the pain is unbearable. In these frightening and uncomfortable situations, it can be easy to give into panic, but do your best to stay calm. If you’re in Dr. Phillips, Lake Buena Vista, or another nearby area, please give the Sand Lake Dental team a call today. Dr. Ziyad Maali regularly treats emergency cases, and he and the rest of our team do everything in our power to accommodate patients into our schedule as soon as we possibly can here in our Orlando dental office, and in most cases, we’re able to see patients on the same day they call.
Common Dental Emergencies
Many patients ask us, “So what counts as a dental emergency?” We want our patients to know that, if they believe their situation requires emergency care, it likely does. If you’re just not sure your situation necessitates an emergency appointment, here are the most common situations where we’d strongly recommend reaching out for professional dental help right away:
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Fully dislodged (knocked-out) tooth
- Cracked/fractured tooth
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity that lingers indicating need for root canal
- Oral bleeding and/or soft tissue injury
- Lost and/or damaged dental restorations like crowns or bridges
- Jaw injury
If you ever experience an emergency you believe may be life threatening, please contact emergency services or proceed to your nearest emergency room. Once we’re sure you are not in danger, we will be happy to partner with the medical team to repair any damage to your smile.
What to Do During a Dental Emergency
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, that first thing you should do is take a deep breath, and then, give the Sand Lake Dental team a call. We’re here to help whenever patients need us most. One of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through how best to care for your smile during an emergency. However, some basics you may want to keep in mind include:
- Make sure the damaged area is clean by using cool water to remove any debris. However, do not brush, floss, or use toothpaste to clean the area unless directly instructed to do so by the dentist.
- Retrieve any large pieces of the tooth or dental restoration. Handle them by the biting surface of the tooth not the root structure. Run cool water over the tooth or restoration to remove debris. If possible, replace a lost tooth in the vacated socket. If not, place the tooth in a container with water or whole milk, until you reach our office.
- Place pressure on soft tissue lacerations using gauze or clean cloth to slow bleeding.
- Ice packs or cold compresses can be used at 20 minute intervals to prevent swelling, reduce pain, and slow bleeding.
- Use pain relievers as directed, but do not place an aspirin or other analgesic directly onto the damaged tooth as this can create further health issues.
- If a piece of food or other foreign debris is stuck between teeth, use floss to try to remove the item. Do not use sharp objects or tools to pry the item lose as you may accidentally damage the soft tissue.
Preventing Dentistry Emergencies
You may not be able to prevent all dental emergencies. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk for experiencing a dentistry emergency, including:
- Make sure to brush and floss teeth daily and visit the dentist two times each year to keep teeth whole and health.
- Do not use teeth to open packages or crack nuts as this may lead to tooth damage.
- Kick your nail biting, pen chewing, or ice eating habits. This additional stress on tooth enamel increases the risk for dental wear, cracks, or chips.
- Wear mouthguards to protect teeth at night if you grind and clench teeth, and always wear a sportsguard during athletic practices and competitions to avoid injury.