When you have a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or a lost filling, it’s important to get help for it as soon as you can. Dental emergencies can cause severe pain that gets worse without treatment, and they can end up putting you at risk of getting an infection. At the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Joel Baez offer dental emergency treatment for patients in West Palm Beach, Florida.
You can have a dental emergency for many reasons. In some cases, you might lose a filling or crown if you bite down on foods that are hard to eat. You might lose a tooth or have one broken or fractured if you’re hit in the face while playing sports or if you’re in an accident. You can also have dental emergencies that happen suddenly without any clear reason. No matter the cause, you should see Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez for emergency care.
If you have a tooth knocked out, pick it up without touching the root and rinse it in warm water. If you can, try putting it back in the socket. If this isn’t possible, put your tooth in milk or water to prevent it from getting too dry. Bring your tooth with you, and Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez will try to put it back in for you. If not, you’ll need a replacement.
If you lose a crown or filling, it’s important to see Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez as soon as possible. For a lost crown, rinse it off; then use dental cement to get it back on your tooth if you’re unable to have it treated right away. Keep in mind that you might need a new crown if the lost one doesn’t fit anymore.
If you crack or fracture a tooth, rinse off the piece of tooth that broke off in warm water, and put gauze on your affected tooth if it’s bleeding. Make an appointment to see Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez as soon as possible, so they can try to repair your tooth without doing a root canal.
If you have loose teeth from decay or trauma, Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez can attempt to save it without having to do a root canal if it’s not completely detached. While waiting for your appointment, you can take nonprescription pain relievers and place a cold compress on your face to ease discomfort.
If you have a dental emergency, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA for prompt care.