Emergency Dentistry—Sebastian, FL
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Dental emergencies happen more often than you might think! Countless people around the country wake up in the morning with a terrible toothache or accidentally injure their teeth while playing sports or just going about their day. While these situations can certainly be stressful, for Sebastian residents, taking care of them is relatively simple. If you ever think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, go ahead and call Sebastian Dental. We’ll let you know if you need to come see us, and we’ll schedule an appointment for as soon as possible, often on the same day for emergency dentistry in Sebastian, FL!
Why Choose Sebastian Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Trusted by Local Families Since 2004
- Top-Quality Care in a Warm, Friendly Environment
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
While you may be tempted to call 911 or visit an urgent care clinic for a dental emergency, your best bet is to reach out to us right away. Our team is specially trained and has the equipment to handle serious dental issues, and we’ll likely be able to see you much faster than your typical ER (and for a fraction of the price as well!). Before you’re able to make it to our dental office, however, here are a few ways to take control during some of the most common emergencies we encounter:
Is something stuck between the teeth? After rinsing and flossing, if the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication. Apply a cold compress to the face if there is any swelling. If there is something lodged between the teeth, do NOT use scissors or a knife to try to get it out—this will likely only cause further injury.
Pick up as many pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a safe container. Be sure to bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can help manage any swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth to prevent it from accidentally cutting the inside of the mouth. You can do this easily using a piece of sugar-free gum.
You need to move fast in this situation, because while it’s possible to replant a fully knocked-out tooth, the best time to do it is within an hour or so of the accident. Recover the tooth without touching the root, give it a gentle rinse, and place it under the tongue. This will keep it wet so it can stay alive until we see you.
Rinse off the restoration and attempt to place it back onto your tooth. Even though you might not experience any pain, it’s still wise to have a tooth repaired quickly before any decay or damage can develop. If the restoration keeps falling out, a small dab of toothpaste should help, though this is only a temporary fix.
How to Prevent a Dental Emergency
The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer than when it comes to dental emergencies. Taking the right precautions now can save your teeth from serious pain and damage in the future. To safeguard your smile and avoid a sudden dental emergency, be sure to do the following:
Watch What You Eat
You probably grew up hearing that eating too much sugar will give you cavities. But that’s not the only way your diet affects your dental health. Foods (and drinks) that are particularly acidic, sticky, or hard can weaken your enamel and leave you at risk for sensitive or chipped teeth. Substitute these items for teeth-friendly alternatives like lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and fresh produce with lots of vitamin C.
Protect Your Pearly Whites
Many dental emergencies are caused by a sudden blow to the face while playing sports. In most cases, they could have been avoided if the athlete had worn a protective mouthguard. This simple plastic tray creates a barrier in front of the teeth to reduce the risk of broken or knocked-out teeth. While you can purchase a cheap mouthguard at most sporting goods stores, the ones we make here at Sebastian Dental are customized for your unique smile, delivering more comfort and greater protection.
We also provide personalized nightguards to protect your teeth from the consequences of bruxism (chronic nighttime teeth grinding). The forces of clenching and grinding can lead to enamel wear and tear, fractures, and even loose teeth. A nightguard places cushioning between the top and bottom teeth to minimize damage.
Keep Up with Your Dental Hygiene
Some dental emergencies are the result of sudden accidents, but most of them occur from an oral health issue that has been worsening for weeks or months, like untreated gum disease or tooth decay. Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine goes a long way in preventing a dental emergency from throwing a wrench into the works.
Clean your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each time. You should also floss at least once daily, preferably right before bed. Don’t forget to finish it up by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Routine preventive dental appointments are crucial for keeping dental emergencies at bay. At your visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove build-up plaque and tartar that could contribute to cavities, gum disease, and more. Then, our dentists will closely examine your mouth for early signs of potential emergencies that you may not have noticed otherwise. Getting these issues taken care of early on could save you a lot of time and money on emergency dental care.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there are so many different types of dental emergencies, the cost of treating one will always depend on a patient’s unique situation. Regardless of the problem, seeking out care quickly is always smart because it allows our team to treat a problem before it becomes much worse. To make this type of care more affordable, we accept many different insurance plans, and flexible financing is always available as well.
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that most people have never experienced a dental emergency before. Whether you aren’t sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, you want to stay prepared in case one occurs, or you have another question, we’re here to help. Below, you can find a series of the most common questions we get at our dental office as well as our detailed responses! If you have additional questions, feel free to call our dental office directly!
What should I do about a knocked-out baby tooth?
While baby teeth are meant to fall out on their own eventually, they should not fall out before they are ready. This is because they are meant to act as placeholders for permanent teeth. If they fall out before they are ready, it could negatively affect their oral development. Follow the same guidelines mentioned above for knocked-out adult teeth and get to our dental office as soon as possible.
My teeth feel sensitive. Should I visit?
Sensitive teeth are not necessarily a dental emergency, especially if the sensitivity is not severe or it comes and goes. For example, teeth sensitivity might occur when your smile is exposed to very hot or cold temperatures. If you notice consistent teeth sensitivity, call our dental office and we’ll get you scheduled for a dedicated exam. If you ever experience severe tooth pain or the sensitivity becomes impossible to ignore, we’ll do our best to see you the same day.
What does a dark tooth experiencing throbbing pain mean?
When a throbbing tooth is dark and either dark yellow, brown, gray or black in color, it usually means that there’s something wrong inside the inner area where the pulp lies. In some cases, it could be due to an oral infection inside the tooth. This can occur when bacteria reaches the vulnerable soft tissue of your tooth, resulting in significant discomfort. This is considered a dental emergency and needs to be addressed by our dental office as soon as possible. After all, dental issues already don’t get better on their own, but oral infections can be particularly harmful.
What can I do to prepare for a dental emergency?
Having a dental emergency kit on you while on the go can be extremely handy, especially when you have young active kids who may be at higher risk. In this kit, we recommend including cotton swabs and balls, alcohol wipes, dental floss, latex gloves, dental wax, dental cement/filling material, cold compress, salt, and petroleum jelly.
What if my denture is damaged?
When a denture is damaged, the best thing you can do is call our dental office so we can either perform repairs or get a new denture made for you. Damaged dentures can cause discomfort to your mouth if worn for too long. They can also cause injury to your soft tissue, increasing your risk for an infection.