Suffering From a Toothache? Emergency Treatment Might Be the Way!

Discover What You Should Do If You Have a Dental Emergency


When you or a loved one has a health emergency, your first thought is usually to take them to an ER or a similar emergency care provider. However, when patients experience oral emergencies, such as excruciating tooth pain, they often don’t think there is an emergency solution.

That is why Dr. Acosta and his team want to make sure that all patients are well informed and understand that there is a solution to their emergency toothaches and oral care needs.

Unfortunately, we don’t always depict dentists in a good light. The media has a tendency to associate dentists and dental offices with painful treatments and uncomfortable appointments. However, when you find a caring, attentive, and gentle dental professional such as Dr. Acosta, you can take comfort in knowing your dental treatments will be accommodating and your dentist will do everything to reduce any pain or discomfort you may experience.

Patients often associate dental problems with some kind of ache, so many issues are ignored until the next available dentist appointment, which can often be many months away!

Identifying Emergency Dental Conditions

It is important to take the time to understand the various oral health issues and complications that you may experience, and which ones merit emergency oral treatment. In some cases, you may be able to wait until normal business hours to see a dentist, but for others, it simply cannot wait.

So what mouth injuries require immediate treatment? A cracked, broken, or knocked out tooth will usually qualify for a trip to the emergency dentist. However, sometimes the issue is less visible and is simply causing an immense toothache.

Cracked/Broken Teeth

With cracked or broken teeth, if the issue is minor and isn’t causing too much pain or difficulty eating or talking, you may be able to wait until office hours to address it. If you have broken off a large chunk of the tooth or the crack is severe, however, it may need to be looked at immediately.

Typically, this occurs due to injury or physical accidents, however, it may also be due to cavities or decay in the mouth. Even if the cracked, chipped, or broken tooth does not necessarily hurt or cause direct discomfort, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to have it examined.

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Lost/Knocked Out Teeth

Knocked out teeth is another common form of dental emergencies. It can be a scary situation if you are not sure what to do! Keep in mind, this is not referring patients who may have lost teeth due to decay, advanced periodontitis, or having it physically pulled. Knocked out teeth usually occur from a blow to the head, a fall, or sport-related accidents. If this happens to you and the tooth is knocked completely out of its socket, you should contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Avoid handling the tooth as much as possible, as this can wear down the enamel on the tooth, which cannot be regained. Dr. Acosta recommends trying to fit the tooth back into the socket if possible while during the trip to the dental office, as this can help to preserve it; biting on a wet tea bag or moistened gauze or bandage may help. If this is not an option or the tooth does not fit comfortably back into the socket, soaking it in a cup with your saliva can be an alternative option. Whatever you do – don’t swallow the tooth!

Toothaches/Abscessed Tooth

So what do you do if you can’t physically identify the issue and aren’t sure how to proceed? If you are in unbearable, excruciating pain, you should absolutely go to the emergency room. They can offer pain medication and temporary solutions if they cannot treat the issue. Otherwise, contact your dentist when you begin to notice severe tooth pain. Even if the office is closed, they may have left instructions for emergency patients on their answering machine, such as a separate phone number that you may call.

Typically, this is the work of an abscessed tooth, but it may also be a signifier of nerve damage caused by cavities or oral bacteria, which may require extensive treatment like a root canal.

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Emergency Dental Care for Families

Acosta Dental Arts, PA is committed to helping patients have a remarkable smile that is healthy and beautiful. However, we understand that sometimes things happen outside our control and may require emergency treatment. We offer patients emergency oral care in addition to the quality dental services we offer during our regular office hours. Contact us at 561-622-0301 to schedule your Free Smile Assessment today!

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