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Posted on: July 24, 2023
Dental Emergencies in Palm Coast
A dental emergency usually occurs at the most inconvenient time, and you may be completely unprepared for it. Although there’s really no good time for a dental emergency, when you’re prepared with emergency contact information, it can make the emergency less stressful.
If you’re having a dental emergency, call our Palm Coast office, and we can help you. Many times, prompt treatment can make a substantial difference in the outcome of a dental issue, so don’t delay seeking treatment. If you’re unsure whether you have a dental emergency, treat it as though it is an emergency. It’s better to treat a routine situation as an emergency than to treat an emergency like a routine situation. Don’t hesitate to call our Palm Coast office if you think you may have a dental emergency.
What Defines a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is defined as any dental situation that can cause lasting damage if not treated promptly. Usually, the level of pain involved and the amount of bleeding are factors also. If you think you have an emergency, call our Palm Coast office, and we’ll help you. Dental emergencies always have a better prognosis when treated promptly, so don’t delay calling our office or 911 if you have an emergency.
Should I Call 911?
About two percent of emergency room visits in the U.S. are for dental emergencies. Although many aren’t life-threatening, some are, so if you have a dental emergency, don’t delay seeking treatment. Some situations can have serious consequences if not treated promptly, such as the following:
- Knocked out tooth: If you have knocked out a tooth, it’s vital to treat it without delay because that provides the best prognosis. If you have knocked out a tooth, rinse it well under warm water, then try to replace it in the socket, holding it by the crown only. If it won’t stay in the socket, place it in milk and call our Palm Coast office. Most times a knocked-out tooth can be reattached when it’s treated promptly.
- Severe toothache: If you experience a sudden, severe toothache, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever or pressure, call our office immediately or call 911. These symptoms, especially when they occur simultaneously, can indicate a serious health issue, so don’t delay calling 911 or our office.
- Severe head trauma: If you have experienced severe head trauma, especially if it was accompanied by a loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately. This is a serious injury that shouldn’t be ignored.
- Chipped tooth: If you have a chipped tooth, call our Palm Coast office, and we’ll determine whether you have an emergency or can wait until the next business day. If a substantial portion of your tooth is gone and the root is exposed, it’s an emergency. If the chip is cosmetic only, it might be able to wait until the following day but call our office to be sure.
- Severe toothache: If you’re having a really bad toothache, try flossing your teeth and then rinsing your mouth well. If the pain doesn’t abate or worsens, call our Palm Coast office.
- Abscessed tooth: If you have let an infected tooth become abscessed, call us immediately. An abscessed tooth can be life-threatening so don’t ignore it. In the future, avoid letting an infected tooth become abscessed because that can be fatal.
- Uncontrolled bleeding: If your bleeding doesn’t stop, despite your best efforts, then call 911 without delay, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, swelling, pain, or pressure.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so if you’re unsure whether you have a dental emergency, call our Palm Coast office for help.
Need an Appointment?
We realize that dental emergencies can’t be planned for but need prompt attention, so we provide same-day appointments for dental emergencies. We want to ensure that you receive the treatment you need, and we’ll see you as soon as possible. Not all dental issues are emergencies, but we’ll talk to you to determine the urgency of your situation. If you’re unsure, call us.
We know that dental emergencies are scary, so we provide the best service and treatments possible to alleviate your pain and restore your good oral health. We’re a family dentist, so we see patients of all ages.
The next time you or anyone in your family has a dental emergency, call Oceans Dental Group at (386) 246-7619, and we’ll help you. We’ll ensure you receive the treatments you need in a timely manner, and we’ll ensure your comfort and ease your stress level at the same time.
Whether you need emergency treatment or a routine appointment, call us today, and let’s get started on restoring your good oral health. We look forward to speaking with you.