You know what to do in the event of a medical emergency -- head to the ER or call 911 and an ambulance if the situation is really severe. But the next time you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, do you know who to call? 99.9% of the time, the best care will not be found at the ER. Your emergency dentist in Daytona Beach, Dr. Gladston Silva, is here for you when you or a loved one need urgent dental care the most! Keep reading to learn more about dental emergencies, including just what they are, what to do when one happens to you, what we may do to help, and more.
The first thing to remember in the event of a dental emergency is to remain calm. We know it is scary when something is bleeding or causing pain in the mouth -- especially if it’s your child or loved one that is experiencing the emergency. Take a few deep breaths and remember that everything is going to be just fine! Especially when you know you can call a trusted emergency dentist in Daytona Beach, like us here at Lakeside Daytona Dentist.
Right after you first notice the emergency, you should first place a gauze or cloth onto a bleeding wound to stop to blood flow. Then, find, rinse off, and safely store any larger broken pieces (like a broken crown, filling, or knocked out tooth) for possible reattachment. Be careful not to touch the root of a knocked out tooth.
After you have gotten the situation under control, get in touch with your emergency dentist as soon as possible. We will listen to the details of your problem and provide relevant first-aid tips specifically related to your dental emergency, and then schedule a time for you to come in as soon as is necessary given your situation. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed and use an ice pack to manage pain and swelling until you are able to make it into our office.
There are a number of events that could cause you to need emergency medical treatment. The general rule of thumb is that if you are bleeding in your mouth or experiencing pain, you should seek prompt professional attention. Healthy teeth do not hurt, after all.
Still unsure about whether what you are experiencing is really an emergency? Now is not the time to be brave or wait it out. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your oral health -- so if you suspect you have a dental emergency, go ahead and get in touch with our office to discuss the details of your situation. Our team will assess the situation and tell you how to proceed from there.
Some of the most common situations that we treat as dental emergencies include:
The vast majority of times, your dentist is far better equipped to provide emergency care promptly than the ER is. Visiting the emergency room when a dentist could do the same job better and faster results in delayed treatment times and expensive bills. Remember that for most cases, your emergency dentist is the one to call. If, however, you are experiencing heavy bleeding for more than 10 minutes or if you have broken a bone in your jaw, do not hesitate to head straight to the emergency room for rapid medical attention.
A note on children’s toothaches: If your little one is complaining of a toothache, it may just be the result of having something (like a large food particle) lodged between the teeth. This can cause the sensation of an aching tooth. First, help them brush and floss their teeth and then rinse. This should be enough to dislodge any food particles if that is the culprit behind the toothache. If the discomfort persists, however, do not hesitate to get in touch with our office right away.
Dental emergencies can be stressful at the least and downright scary at their worst -- and if one happens to you or someone you love, visiting a friendly, compassionate, and accommodating dental team will make all the difference along the way. At Lakeside Daytona Dentist, our staff cares deeply about each and every one of our patients, and we know it is frightening when something goes wrong with your oral health. We attend to dental emergencies with the utmost in care and compassion with the end goal of getting you out of pain and on with your life. State-of-the-art technology ensures that all treatments are carried out with the greatest ease and efficiency.
What’s more, Dr. Gladston Silva is highly trained and experienced in dental emergencies to offer truly excellent solutions to life’s emergencies. He graduated with honors from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and practices with the philosophy of treating all patients just like he would his own family. In the event of a dental emergency, that means providing prompt, effective care with a calm approach that helps you relax in what might otherwise be a stressful situation.
The treatment for your dental emergency will vary based on what exactly is going on, but there are a few common solutions that can apply to most of the dental emergencies that we treat. Dr. Silva will carefully evaluate your situation and recommend the best treatment for saving your smile. That may include one of the following solutions:
No matter which approach is best for your smile, we will provide local anesthesia to remove feeling from the treatment area and ensure you receive comfortable, relaxed care. Even better, Dentalvibe removes the sensation from the injection for truly pain-free dentistry. Sedation options are also available as needed for additional relaxation during treatment for a dental emergency.
There is no way to completely safeguard yourself against dental emergencies, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances that one will happen to you or a loved one. Visiting your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings is crucial, as it helps to ensure that minor issues are detected before they get the chance to turn into larger, painful problems. If you or your child plays contact sports, protecting the smile with a custom-fitted mouthguard will help to prevent sports injuries -- which are one of the most common causes of dental emergencies. Breaking bad oral habits like nail biting, pen chewing, and eating ice will also protect your teeth against chips, breaks, and other painful injuries.
The next time you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, remember that there is no time to waste. Getting in touch with your emergency dentist as soon as possible will help to ensure that we can rescue the tooth and save your smile -- so go ahead and call us right away in the event of a broken tooth, a toothache, a dislodged tooth, or anything else that just doesn’t feel quite right. If you call outside of office hours, leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.