Dental emergencies don’t usually happen on your schedule, and that’s why we always do our best to accommodate patients experiencing pain. We offer same-day scheduling and walk-in appointments at our Naples office to help you get relief and the treatment you need to get back to your day-to-day life. Call us immediately if you are experiencing a dental emergency, and Dr. Marquez will get you back to optimal health!
The most obvious dental emergencies are injuries resulting in extreme pain and damage, such as loose or knocked-out (avulsed) teeth. However, there are a number of other dental issues that are considered emergencies and should be addressed immediately. A persistent toothache is considered an emergency, especially if it is accompanied by a fever. If a crown or filling becomes loose or falls out, this also warrants a trip to the dentist.
If your tooth has been knocked out in an accident, there are a few basic rules you should follow to protect your mouth and ensure the best outcome for your smile:
1. Schedule an emergency appointment as soon as you can, ideally within 2 hours of the emergency. You can also stop by our office for a walk-in appointment.
2. Recover your tooth, if possible. After rinsing it gently with warm water, replace the tooth in its socket, or put it in a small baggie of cold milk.
3. Treat bleeding, if present, by using sterile gauze or cotton and gentle pressure. Bleeding should slow or stop within an hour or two.
4. Pain and discomfort can be addressed with over-the-counter NSAID medication, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Do not use aspirin, because it can interfere with blood clotting. Ice can be applied externally to treat swelling and pain.
Follow these steps and make sure that you get to our office as soon as you can for expert treatment and a permanent solution.
There are a number of different conditions that count as dental emergencies. The most obvious category of emergency is oral injuries. Any dental injury caused by oral trauma is a serious emergency.
This includes chipped, cracked, and broken teeth, as well as loose and knocked-out teeth. Serious cuts and lacerations to the gums, lips, cheeks, and other oral tissues may also require treatment from a dentist, such as stitches to ensure proper healing.
Another common type of dental emergency is pulled-out or damaged dental work. This includes fillings, crowns, bridges, and more. If you lose a piece of your dental work, the underlying tooth may be exposed to decay and damage, causing further complications. Immediate treatment is necessary to ensure you preserve your oral health.
Toothaches are also a common dental emergency, and can indicate a serious cavity or an infected tooth. Both of these conditions require immediate care to preserve your tooth and avoid further complications.
Severe gum bleeding, which could indicate a serious case of gum disease, also counts as an emergency. So does having a piece of food or another object lodged between your teeth. As a rule, we recommend coming to see Dr. Marquez for an emergency appointment whenever you’re experiencing oral pain and discomfort, and don’t know how to treat your condition on your own.
If necessary, recover your knocked-out tooth and put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. If you lose a piece of dental work, recover it and put it into a plastic baggie. Call us right away to schedule your appointment.
If you have time before your appointment, you can take a few steps to care for your mouth. You can absorb blood with clean gauze, paper towels, or cotton balls. Bleeding should slow within an hour.
You can use an over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with pain and inflammation. Applying an ice pack to the cheek near the affected area for 10 minutes at a time can also help with discomfort and swelling.
However, make sure you prioritize coming into Altamar Dental Studio as soon as you can. These treatments won’t resolve your issue, and will only help ease discomfort until you can see a dentist like Dr. Shirley Marquez for emergency dental treatment.
Minor chips may be resolved with cosmetic treatments such as dental bonding or a porcelain veneer, depending on your needs. However, these treatments are not suitable for seriously-damaged teeth.
If you have a deeply cracked or broken tooth, it will likely need to be repaired with a dental crown. Depending on how recently your tooth was broken, you may also need a root canal to ensure that it does not become infected.
You may need a filling or a crown to restore your tooth if you have a deep cavity. Dr. Marquez will remove the infected tooth material, and restore your tooth to prevent further damage.
If your tooth is infected, you will need root canal therapy to remove the infected material. After your tooth has been treated with a root canal, you’ll get a filling or a dental crown to cover up and protect the treated tooth.
Yes! We always keep same-day appointments available for emergencies. If you will be stopping by for emergency care, we recommend that you call ahead to let us know that you’re on your way. You can also walk into our office at 6605 Hillway Circle, Suite 100, Naples, FL 34112, and we’ll do our best to fit you in as soon as we can.