It can be difficult to know what to do in the face of a dental emergency, but it’s easier when you know you can call your emergency dentist in Naples. Dr. Gery Benza, Dr. Anthony Benza, and Dr. Chelsea Benza are here for you when you need us most!
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office the next time you are dealing with an urgent dental situation. When you call us, our experienced staff will provide advice over the phone and work to get you in to see a doctor as soon as necessary.
Below, we have listed some of the most common dental emergencies we treat at Galleria Dentistry with what to do after each.
Is it possible to work the tooth back into its socket? If so, gently put the tooth back into its proper place. If the tooth is completely out of the gumline, rinse away any debris, being careful not to touch the root. Store the tooth in its socket, in the cheek, or in a cup of milk until you can reach our office, where your doctor will determine whether or not reattachment is possible. Teeth that have remained out of the gums for longer than two hours are usually impossible to reattach, so act quickly for the best results.
A common sports injury is a broken tooth, but a fracture or break can happen for any number of reasons. Rinse the mouth with warm water to soothe the tooth and remove any small, loose shards. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected cheek until you can reach the dentist’s office.
Do not ignore a toothache! By the time you feel discomfort in a tooth, the decay may have already reached the inner tooth, or the pulp. Emergency root canal therapy may be the only method for saving a severely infected tooth from extraction. Your dentist will evaluate the situation and act quickly to get you out of pain. Take an over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate discomfort until you can reach your dentist’s office. Do not place medication directly on the gums, as this can cause burns.
Have you lost a crown? Find the missing crown and contact our office immediately. Sometimes, toothpaste or a dental adhesive can hold the crown together until you can reach our office. Be careful eating and speaking with a crown that is not permanently cemented, as there might be the possibility of swallowing it.
The two most important things to remember in any dental emergency are to remain calm and contact your dentist immediately. At Galleria Dentistry, we are prepared to get you out of pain and back on with your life! Don’t panic when you’ve got a dental emergency in the 34109 area. Call us instead!
Because there is no way to completely prevent dental emergencies, the best step you can take is preparation. At Galleria Dentistry, we want all of our patients to have the information they need to smile with health and safety outside of our office. That’s why we have offered the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Keep reading to learn more and satisfy your curiosity!
The first question that many people have is how they know if they’re having an emergency. Slight discomfort in the smile is relatively common, as a popcorn kernel can irritate your mouth if it gets stuck. But how do you know if you’re having a real dental emergency? The easiest way to tell is if you’re experiencing pain that takes your focus off of day to day tasks. Examples of this can include toothaches, lost teeth, broken teeth, dislodged crown or filling, and other dental issues. Even if you’re unsure that you’re having a dental emergency, it’s always best to call our office.
The reason they’re called dental emergencies is that they should be treated as soon as possible. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental problems can only grow worse if left untreated. A toothache could turn into needing your entire tooth extracted due to spreading infection if you avoid getting a root canal. It’s always best to contact your emergency dentist as soon as you notice a change in your smile.
Typically, it’s best to visit our office because we know your smile, and we have all the treatments and experience necessary to get you out of pain. However, there are some instances that require an immediate visit to an urgent care facility. If you have problems like uncontrollable bleeding, jaw injury, trouble breathing, deep facial cuts, broken bones in the face, or other life-threatening issues, go to the ER as soon as possible.
If your tooth breaks into various pieces, try to collect them, rinse them off, and go to our office. We will do our best to repair your tooth, but in some cases, we may have to completely extract it. An extraction becomes necessary if your tooth is too broken for repair, and it’s often our only option left to get you out of pain.
You may be wondering about the cost of your potential dental emergency and whether or not your insurance will cover your treatment. Because there are so many different types of emergencies that can occur, it’s difficult to give you a precise cost estimate without examining your smile first. The best way to know is to visit our office, where one of our experts will carefully look over your smile before developing a personalized treatment plan.