Your Boca Raton Emergency Dentist
It’s no secret that dental emergencies are painful, stressful, and frightening, but Dr. Kenneth Mogell and his Boca Raton 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 team. 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.
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth can be painful and they don’t look great, but in most cases, this dental emergency is easy enough to repair. Until you reach our office, there are a few first aid steps you can take to prevent further damage. 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.
Knocked Out Tooth
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 handling it by the biting surface, 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. To hold the replaced tooth in position or stop blood flow, bite down on gauze or clean cloth to apply gentle pressure to teeth.
Lost Temporary Crown
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. This is not a permanent fix. Contact our team right away, and we will reposition the dental crown using the more stable dental-grade cement offering a sturdier restoration. We may also be able to identify the cause of the lost crown, and provide guidance for better at-home care to protect the restoration.
If you experience a toothache that does not diminish, start by carefully brushing and flossing around the affected tooth. You may have an object stuck between the gums and tooth causing discomfort. If this does not relieve the pain, you are likely dealing with dental decay or damage. Look for signs of abscess or root canal infection like swelling or inflammation in the gums, dental discoloration, or sensitivity to heat and cold. You can use over the counter pain relievers to manage discomfort, and apply an ice pack or cold compress at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off) to reduce pain and swelling.