Compassionate Care When You Need It Most
It’s no secret that dental emergencies are painful, stressful, and frightening, but Dr. Kenneth Mogell, an emergency dentist in Boca Raton, and his team have the secret to managing a dental emergency with limited pain or discomfort. The first step to getting any dental emergency under control is to call our office. We’re happy to offer patients same-day care in most cases, and we’ll help you manage pain and the side effects of your emergency until you arrive. We welcome patients from Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, and surrounding communities to contact us during dental emergencies.
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can develop over time due to a longstanding oral health problem, or they can happen suddenly because of a traumatic injury. Your dentist in Boca Raton is able to handle both types of situations. Before your appointment, however, there may be some steps you can take on your own to lessen your pain and minimize the damage to your smile.
Taking over the counter pain relievers, as well as rinsing with saltwater, can help to ease your discomfort. When you arrive for treatment, we might be able to save the tooth from extraction via root canal therapy (depending on the cause of the toothache).
Broken or Chipped Tooth
If a large piece of the tooth breaks away, gently rinse it with water and store it in water or milk until you arrive at our office. To stop bleeding, bite down on gauze or cloth, and if there are sharp pieces, take care to prevent soft tissue damage by covering the pointed sections with dental wax or a similar, non-toxic object.
Avulsed (knocked out) teeth can be frightening, but in many cases, we are able to restore the tooth to its vacated socket. Carefully retrieve the tooth, touching it only by its top portion, and after cleaning it off with cool water, replace the tooth in its socket. If you are unable to do this, store the tooth in a container of milk until you arrive at our practice.
If a dental crown falls out, you may be able to replace it temporarily. Carefully clean off the crown and use warm water to clean out your mouth. Dab a small amount of toothpaste or denture adhesive on the affected tooth, and replace the crown. Contact our team right away, and we will reattach the dental crown using the more stable dental-grade cement. Or, if necessary, we will begin the process of creating an entirely new crown for you.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
You can significantly reduce your risk of suffering a dental emergency if you take the following precautions:
- Stick to a thorough daily oral hygiene routine that includes twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing
- Visit us at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup
- Do not use your teeth as a tool to open packages
- Do not play sports without a mouthguard
- Do not chew on ice or other hard objects that might break your teeth
Learn More About How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of treating your dental emergency will depend on the specific type of treatment that you require. Logically, replacing a lost filling will cost less than a major procedure, such as root canal therapy. When you visit us for emergency care, we will provide you with an estimate for the price of your procedure. We will also help you explore your payment options, including insurance and low-interest financing through CareCredit.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Our team is ready to serve as your emergency dentist in Boca Raton. However, before you save our number in your phone as your go-to source for urgent oral health care, you might like to know more about emergency dentistry and how we approach it. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of FAQs. If you have any questions that are not addressed below, you are welcome to contact us directly.
How Can I Tell if I Should Go to the ER or the Dentist?
Most hospital emergency room employees do not have the training, experience, or equipment necessary to address dental problems. Hence, it is always best to visit a dentist for any oral health issue. However, if you are bleeding excessively, have broken facial bones, or are suffering a high fever along with your dental symptoms, a visit to the ER is in order. After they provide initial care, you can visit our office for follow-up treatment.
Are Emergency Dental Treatments Painful?
As a caring dentist in Boca Raton, Dr. Mogell and his associates place a high priority on patient comfort. We will relieve your pain as quickly as possible and use anesthesia to ensure that you feel little to nothing while we are working on your mouth. After your procedure, you may experience some soreness and/or mild bleeding. However, that is usually easy to manage with pain medications and by following your dentist’s aftercare instructions.
What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency While Traveling?
If you are traveling the U.S., a quick Google search should help you find a local emergency dentist who has received positive feedback from their past patients. It should also be easy to find out whether they accept your insurance. After they provide initial treatment, you can visit us for follow-up care. If you are in another country, ask your travel insurance if they have a list of approved dentists in your area.
How Long Can I Wait Before I Visit the Dentist?
If you have a fully or partially knocked-out tooth, immediate care is necessary. A severe toothache similarly requires prompt attention. However, if your dental emergency is of a milder nature — for example, if you have a dull toothache or something is lodged between your teeth — you may safely be able to wait a day or two before you receive treatment. As soon as your pain begins, give us a call, and we will help you judge the urgency of the situation.