Emergency Dentist – Orlando, FL
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How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether you’ve had a sudden injury or an ongoing dental problem like a toothache has flared up, Dr. Russo can treat both types of emergencies. After calling us to schedule the first available appointment, take the following steps to manage the situation until we can see you.
Toothache or Swelling
If you have a serious toothache, swelling, or a pimple-like bump on your gums, it’s likely that you have an infection. It’s very important to get treatment right away, so if you can’t get to our office within a few hours, go to an urgent care center or hospital where they can prescribe antibiotics if necessary.
You can also swish with lukewarm saltwater, apply a cold compress, and take over-the-counter pain medication for pain. But remember, even if the pain goes away, you still need treatment for the infection.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Unless a large piece has broken off, a chipped or broken tooth isn’t usually painful. But, if you are in pain, try holding a cold compress over the area and taking over-the-counter pain medication as directed. Also, cover any sharp edges with dental wax from the drugstore.
Handle your tooth by the crown only, not the root. Gently rinse it off and try to put it back in its socket, facing the right way. If that isn’t an option, make sure to keep the tooth moist by putting it in a cup of cold milk or water, or your cheek pouch in a pinch.
Also, it’s important to be seen soon, preferably within an hour, so if you can’t make it to a dentist in Orlando by then, go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
For a lost filling, use dental wax from the store to cover any sharp edges until your visit. If a crown has come off, dry off the inside of it with a Q-tip. Then, using a small amount of dental cement from the store, denture adhesive, or toothpaste, put the crown back on your tooth until we can see you. Don’t use any other type of glue because it can damage your tooth and/or the crown. Chew on the opposite side until your appointment.
How To Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although you can’t always prevent every emergency, there are some steps you can take to minimize them as much as possible:
- Schedule regular checkups with Dr. Russo so he can monitor your teeth and gums and find any issues before they turn into emergencies.
- Wear custom-made athletic guards or nightguards as needed.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home. By brushing at least twice a day and flossing once, you’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy and lower your risk of cavities, gum problems, infections, etc.
- Avoid opening packages with your teeth or using your teeth as “tools.”
- Don’t chew on ice, pens, hard candies, etc.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
And, finally, remember that time is of the essence in any emergency, so reach out to us as soon as possible. Located right in the heart of Orlando, we welcome patients from downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Conway, Lake Eola Heights, Thornton Park, Baldwin Park, and other areas!