Family Dental Care
General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Emergency Dentists located in West Palm Beach, FL
Dental injuries can occur without warning and may be extremely painful, creating a situation requiring emergency dentistry services. For some dental emergencies, reacting quickly can mean the difference between keeping or losing a tooth. If you are in need of immediate dental care, Michael C. Westcott, DDS, and Sujay Trivedi, DMD, at Family Dental Care in West Palm Beach, Florida, offers services you can trust at a state of the art facility. To learn more, call the practice or schedule your first appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Your dentist should be your first call for any dental problem. While proactive oral care and hygiene keep the potential for emergencies low, accidents and injuries requiring immediate attention happen sometimes. If you experience severe oral pain, bleeding, or an adult tooth is knocked out or loose, you need emergency dental care.
What situations might require emergency dentistry?
While most dental needs can be scheduled in advance, some problems need immediate care, including:
- Abscessed (infected) gums or teeth, which cause severe pain or swelling
- Significant swelling or bleeding after a dental treatment
- Traumatic tooth injury (an adult tooth that is knocked out, cracked, loose, or chipped)
- Jaw pain that is so painful you cannot sleep
- Bulging, swelling, or knots in the facial area or gums
- Soft tissue injuries with excessive bleeding
In addition, people with braces, dental implants, or other dental equipment installed may need immediate emergency care if those appliances become loose or damaged due to trauma or injury.
How can I tell if I need emergency dentistry?
Dental emergencies may be difficult to identify. Some problems that seem critical can wait for treatment for a day with some extra care. For example, if you notice a potential cavity in your tooth or your gums bleed a bit when you brush over the weekend, you can wait until the practice is open to schedule a regular appointment.
A small chip or crack in a tooth only requires emergency care if it is very painful or if there are sharp fragments that may cause further trauma.
Alternatively, no adult should lose a tooth. If your tooth is loose or has fallen out, quick action may enable your dentist to preserve it.
Furthermore, if you’ve previously had a dental implant or crown placed, and it is partially dislodged, you probably need immediate attention.
Family Dental Care is committed to delivering emergency dentistry to people in need, relieving pain, and helping you avoid further oral complications.
To learn more about our emergency dentistry services, go online or call the office to schedule an appointment today and let the team at Family Dental Care maintain your dental health and bright smile.