Dental emergencies are no fun. They can be scary and painful. You should always call your dentist immediately if you have an emergency. We always try to see our emergency patients on the same day. However, if you have to wait, here are some steps to handle the emergency until you can get in to see the dentist.
Pain and Sensitivity
This can be caused by an abcess or exposed nerve from a lost filling or crown.
What to Do?
Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. See your dentist immediately before infection spreads or worsens. If there is an abcess, you will need a root canal. If the damage is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted.
Your tooth may have cracked while eating, or experienced a blunt force.
What to Do?
Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse them with warm water. Also, rinse your mouth with warm water too.
Apply gauze if you experience any bleeding.
Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth on the way to the dentist.
If decay is to blame for the breakage, the nerve could be in danger and a root canal may be required.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
This is probably one of the most scary scenarios.
What to Do?
Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root.
Rinse the tooth with warm water (if it's dirty) but do not scrub it.
Try to re-insert the tooth into the socket, making sure it's facing the right way. If you can't, soak the tooth in milk or salt water on the way to the dentist.
Teeth that are knocked out have the best chance of being saved if treated within ONE hour.
Remember, always call your dentist immediately.
Humans are creatures of habit. And many times, we will continue to use the same products as long as they keep working for us. However, as we get older, our old standbys might not be as effective as they once were and something stronger or better might be needed.
Here are some instances where a stronger, perhaps prescription strength product, might be a better choice.
Sensitive Teeth and Gums:
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity due to a receding gum line, you might benefit from prescription flouride toothpaste. These toothpastes have higher levels of flouride and can help lessen sensitivity and protect exposed tooth structure that is no longer protected by enamel or gum tissue. Typically, your dentist would recommended prescription toothpaste if you have significant recession or if you recently had scaling and root planing.
Excessive cavities can be detrimental to the overall health of your mouth. Prescription toothpaste and frequent cleaning visits can help prevent decay in your teeth.
Most over the counter (OTC) products for dry mouth are effective for the majority of people. However, sometimes OTC products stop working after long term usage. If this is the case, ask your dentist if there are other options. You should also ask your family doctor help you get to the root of the problem--which could be indicative of any number of health issues.
Frequent Mouth Sores:
Certain health conditions and diseases can develop mouth sores. In order to keep comfortable, ask your dentist for a prescription mouth gel such as Gelclair. Such gels work by forming a barrier that protects the nerve endings and shields them from overstimulation that can result in pain.
There are prescription strength mouthwashes that can be used to combat persistent halitosis. However, it's important to understand why you have bad breath. If you do not have gum disease and feel otherwise healthy, there could be more serious reasons for your halitosis.
If you live in the North Palm Beach area, there is a good chance you have seen this incredible limo driving around town. It belongs to a patient of ours and when he came in for his check up, the staff couldn't resist hopping in for a photo.
The patient, Edward Boes, also known as Dr. Clock, is the owner of Anytime Clock Repair of Lake Park. If you are ever in need of clock repair, call the Dr!!!
We wanted to share this with you because it is simply an amazing story.
A relaxing beach vacation with his family turned into one of the most incredible days of Dr. Perella's life! While walking out of the house to watch the sunset, he heard screams and calls for help. Running toward the house where the screams were coming from, he saw a man in distress and his wife screaming for help.
After yelling to Holly to call 911, he ran back to the house. The man was having a full-blown seizure and was struggling to breathe. Dr. Perella put the man on his side, and after a few minutes, the man completely stopped breathing and turned blue! Immediately, Dr. Perella performed CPR on the man. After a few minutes, the man regained consciousness, and began to breathe on his own again, just in time for the paramedics to arrive and take him to the hospital.
The next day, the wife found Dr. Perella and his family on the beach and was SO very thankful to him for his help. The doctors said if he hadn't been there to perform CPR, this man would not have made it. She told Sydney that her daddy was a hero.
We are all so very proud of our Dr. Perella. And we can't stress enough, if you hear someone calling for help, GO to them, even if you don't know what's happening. You could save a life!
When our Syndey complained of her front tooth hurting, we put her in the chair and took some xrays. Luckily, we've been reading books about going to the dentist and she was more than happy to let Daddy give her a check up.
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