Emergency Dentistry St. Cloud, FL
Dental emergencies happen to the best of us.
You might be enjoying an evening out when you bite into a steak and suddenly—“crunch!”—you realize you just lost a filling.
Or a slightly sore tooth might suddenly turn into a throbbing ache that is nearly unbearable.
Or perhaps you are playing a game of softball and miscalculate a catch, so the ball slams into your mouth instead.
At Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud, we have flexibility during regular office hours to accommodate emergencies. If you aren’t sure if your situation is an actual emergency, call us about it, and we can help you assess whether you need to be seen immediately or if it can wait until the next available appointment.
Is Your Situation an Emergency?
Figuring out the answer to that question on your own isn’t always easy, and that's why we recommend that you call us so we can help you.
A toothache with excruciating pain might constitute an emergency. Give us a call, and we can offer you suggestions for relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers and an ice pack held over your cheek can help until you can get to our office.
Just because there is discomfort associated with your situation, however, does not necessarily put it into the emergency category. Situations that might be uncomfortable but do not require immediate care include:
- A lost crown or filling
- Being unable to remove food stuck in between teeth
- Pain somewhere in your mouth that is more annoying than unbearable
In these situations, give us a call and we will get you into the office for the next available appointment.
If you have been in an accident or there is blood coming from your mouth that you cannot stop, you should go to the emergency room at your local hospital immediately.
What Are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
A toothache is the most common dental emergency. The pain might start out as a dull ache that quickly becomes excruciating. The most common cause of a toothache is an infection deep in the tooth root. Usually, a root canal will relieve your pain—and save your tooth.
A lost filling or crown is another other common emergency. While this might be somewhat uncomfortable because of increased sensitivity in the area, you can probably wait until the next available appointment to come in.
If you have suffered a trauma and your tooth has been knocked out completely, you must be seen as soon as possible to increase the chance that your tooth can be saved. Rinse the tooth gently to remove any dirt and try to put it back into the socket. If that isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist by holding it between your cheek and gum or putting it in a container filled with water, saliva, or milk.
Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
It might surprise most people to know that the vast majority of dental emergencies are preventable.
In many cases, emergencies happen because people have skipped routine dental appointments. A tooth that becomes infected because of a cracked filling would have been detected—and fixed—during a routine examination before it became an unbearable toothache that only a root canal could fix.
Fear keeps people from getting regular check-ups, but having to go to the dentist for an emergency is far more anxiety-producing for most.
Call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud for Your Dental Emergency
If you need emergency dental care, call Dr. Hua, and we will get you in for an appointment as soon as possible! We also invite you to come in for an examination if you are overdue for routine care—and perhaps a future emergency can be avoided altogether.