Emergency Dental Care
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is an issue involving the teeth and supporting tissues that is of high importance to be treated by the relevant professional. Dental emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is a common signal that something needs to be looked at. Pain can originate from the tooth, surrounding tissues or can have the sensation of originating in the teeth but be caused by an independent source (orofacial pain and toothache). Depending on the type of pain experienced an experienced clinician can determine the likely cause and can treat the issue as each tissue type gives different messages in a dental emergency.
Naples Dental knows dental problems don’t follow a schedule. That’s why our doctors and the rest of the team are skilled in emergency dentistry techniques that help patients of all ages from Naples, FL, get the treatment they need when they need it to feel better and prevent further damage.
If a wire in your braces has broken or come loose, it may poke and scrape your gums, cheeks or tongue. This calls for seeking emergency dental services with Naples Dental. As a temporary measure, you can try covering the wire end with a piece of gauze or a small cotton ball. Once you stop the wire from causing any further damage, call us!
Notice a painful swelling filled with pus on your gum? It could be an abscess, which is an infection that attacks a tooth’s root or the space between the gums and teeth. Leaving the infection untreated can cause it to severely damage surrounding tissue on your teeth and even spread to rest of the body. Definitely call us!
Cracked, Broken or chipped tooth
Small cracks in the tooth can be fixed with filling. More serious cases may require procedures like a tooth extraction or root canal therapy. At any rate, attend to the damaged tooth as soon as possible because it may lead to bacteria penetration into the inner tooth chamber thus causing infection.
Lost restorations like crowns or fillings
If your restorations like crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. have fallen out of place, then you’ll need emergency dental services to fix them back to their original state.
Any trauma to a tooth or the entire jaw classifies as a tooth injury. An injury may cause the tooth to be loosened up or even become removed from its normal position. Immediately call Naples Dental. Our emergency dentist will treat your tooth injury within 24 hours to restore the tooth or teeth to the normal state of the tooth before the injury.
Toothaches that are unbearable should not be ignored. They usually signal serious problems like infection or decay. Depending on the toothache, rinsing with either cold or warm water can temporarily help. Over the counter painkillers are recommended until you can schedule an appointment with us.
If you have a knocked-out tooth due to some trauma or accident, you have little time to waste. The tooth can be re-fixed to its socket but only if it receives emergency care within 2 hours of being knocked out. When faced with this dental emergency, gently rinsing the tooth in saline or salty water to remove any visible debris or blood is the first thing you should do. If you do not have saline available, put the tooth in small container filled with saliva and then call us!