Emergency Dentist – Bonita Springs, FL
Getting Patients Out of Pain with Expert Care
If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, you may be tempted to panic, and other dental offices may not offer treatment when you’re most in need. However, if you’re a patient of Pelican Landing Dental, you have no need to panic. Our caring dentists and dental team in Bonita Springs, FL are happy to offer same day emergency dental appointments for patients of record whenever possible. Plus, one of our team members will be available to talk to you at any time, if you need our help after hours. Simply, call the office, and if no one answers, follow the instructions to get in touch with one of us. We’ll be happy to walk you through the steps you can take at home until you arrive at our office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into two categories: sudden injury or trauma to the mouth or infection that occurs over time from poor oral hygiene. At Pelican Landing Dental, we are ready to treat both types. Until you can come into our office, use these tips for handling some of the most common dental emergencies:
If you have a toothache, try flossing around the area to remove any lingering food debris. If the pain persists, it may be due to an infection or abscess. Call us right away if you’re experiencing a toothache because you may need a root canal from our emergency dentist. This treatment is often necessary to clean away infected tissue and save your tooth from extraction.
Chipped or cracked teeth can be fixed, so you should pick up the pieces and rinse them if you can. We may be able to repair your tooth, but it’s possible that it’s too damaged. In these cases, we may have to extract your tooth to relieve you of pain. We have various restoration methods as well to give you a complete smile after making you more comfortable.
If your tooth gets knocked-out, it can still be saved! Pick it up by the crown and rinse it carefully. Then, place it back in your socket until you can visit our office. If this isn’t possible, store it in milk or water to keep it moist. In the meantime, you can use a cold compress to reduce swelling and gauze to stop any bleeding that is occurring. The sooner that you can get into our office, the better your chances are of successfully replanting your tooth.
A lost crown or filling can be uncomfortable because it exposes the inner portion of your tooth that contains pain-sensing nerves. If this occurs, use dental cement found at your local drugstore to cover and protect your tooth. After, you should visit our office as soon as possible for a proper restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies, you can use these tips to minimize your chances of dental disaster striking:
- Visit our office twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.
- Brush and floss your teeth everyday to keep your dental structure healthy and strong.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste when brushing to strengthen your enamel.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools or for anything other than talking and chewing.
- Avoid smoking, tobacco use or heavily consuming alcohol.
- Use a mouthguard when participating in physical activity or sports.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, it’s hard to estimate the cost of your dental emergency without examining your mouth first. Some issues can be fixed with a simple antibiotic regimen, while others may require extensive restoration. Because there are so many types of emergencies that can occur, the cost of your treatment will vary based on the services that you need. At Pelican Landing Dental, we take pride in offering high-quality dentistry that is also affordable. We even have a $100 credit offer for our new patients.
If you think your emergency may be life threatening, please proceed to your nearest emergency room. One of our skilled team members will be happy to work with the physicians to ensure you maintain optimal oral and overall health. If you’re not sure your current situation requires urgent dental care, please call our office anyway. By diagnosing and treating dental damage or pain as soon as it happens, we’re able to provide treatment options that are much more conservative.