Dr. Paul Perella, DMD
Your Dentist in North Palm Beach

Blog - Dental Emergencies

How To Handle Dental Emergencies

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 ...

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If you've ever broken a tooth, it can be alarming, especially if it's one of your front teeth.

Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack or break. This can happen in several ways:

  • Biting down on something hard
  • Being hit in the face or mouth
  • Falling
  • Having cavities that weak the tooth
  • Having large, old amalgam fillings that don't support the remaining enamel of the tooth

When a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt.  However, your tongue usually feels the sharp area very quickly. Minor tooth fractures usually don't cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt. The nerve inside the tooth may be damaged. Extreme ...

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We've got thankfulness coming out of our ears!

1) First and foremost, we are thankful for the health of our family and friends.

2) We are thankful for our patients and their families who make us laugh, and sometimes cry. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

3) We are thankful that we live in paradise where we have to pull out the sweaters if the thermometer hits below 70 degrees.

4) We are thankful for turkey. And stuffing. And wine. And pies.

5) Most of all, we are thankful for the abundance of love and luck that we've been fortunate to receive.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!!

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