Causeway Dentistry

What to Do If You’re Having a Dental Emergency

July 26, 2022
Posted By: Causeway Dentistry
girl with toothache using a cold pack in Clearwater

A dental emergency can happen anytime, even when you're being cautious. Causeway Dentistry offers emergency dental appointments to relieve pain and quickly treat urgent oral health concerns. First and foremost, please contact your Clearwater emergency dentist if you have a dental emergency or need prompt dental care. If the situation is life-threatening, please visit the closest hospital for the appropriate emergency care. 

Here are some tips for how to handle different dental emergencies.

#1 Broken or Cracked Tooth 

A broken or cracked tooth needs prompt treatment to avoid further damage, infection, decay, or tooth loss. If you have a broken or cracked tooth, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers, place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek, and try to locate the broken piece of the tooth if possible. Bring it with you to your appointment, if you can. If the broken tooth has sharp or jagged edges, you can cover it with dental wax and sugar-free gum to avoid cutting your mouth or further breaking the tooth. 

#2 Toothache 

A toothache can indicate something awry with your oral health, such as decay, nerve damage, or an infection. As always, please contact your emergency dentist in Clearwater so we can determine if you need a same-day appointment. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers and be mindful when chewing or biting down, so you don't exacerbate the pain. 

#3 Dental Abscess or Infection

An abscess or infection can quickly spiral out of control, so you must see your dentist immediately. A dental infection can enter the bloodstream and lead to many other issues needing treatment. If you have any of the following symptoms, please get in touch with us for urgent dental care in Clearwater:

  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot 
  • Toothache
  • Tender lymph nodes in the neck 
  • Facial swelling 
  • Bump or pimple on the gums

#4 Soft Tissue Injury 

Sometimes, we get cuts or lesions in our mouths that affect the soft tissue, such as gums, lips, or the tongue. These injuries can affect our mouths' comfort, function, and health. Our dental team can help you heal from oral tissue injuries and develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

Emergency Dental Care in Clearwater, FL

Please contact our Clearwater dental office if you are unsure about a dental emergency. We can help you determine if you need to come in for an immediate appointment and give you instructions on what to do in the meantime. The most important thing is to stay calm, and Dr. Santos and our team can provide you with the exceptional emergency dental care you need. 

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