Emergency Dentistry – Port Charlotte, FL

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When you’re faced with a painful and frightening dental emergency, you’ll want to have someone you can turn to immediately to find relief and make sure that the damage doesn’t get any worse. Enter the number for Caring Way Dentistry into your phone right now so that you can get in touch with us as soon as you or a loved one suffers from a serious oral injury or accident. Dr. Villescas maintains a comfortable, low-anxiety environment where you can feel safe even during an urgent situation.

Why Choose Caring Way Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Oral Conscious Sedation Available
  • Variety of Treatments in One Location
  • Comfortable, Low-Anxiety Environment

Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are usually caused by poor oral hygiene or some form of physical trauma. That said, there are so many different kinds of emergencies that it’s difficult to give a definition that perfectly encapsulates all of them. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with some of the particularly common dental emergencies so that you know how to deal with them should they ever happen to you. Below are some tips for handling emergencies that you are relatively likely to encounter at some point in your life.

Toothaches

Take ibuprofen or a similar over-the-counter medication to temporarily soothe the pain. Hold a cold pack over the area if you notice swelling. Note that while many toothaches are caused by infection, they can also be the result of food stuck between your teeth, so you may want to try flossing around the affected area before you call our office.

Chipped/ Broken Tooth

Gather any pieces of the tooth that have broken off. Wash your mouth with warm water to keep the area around the damaged tooth clean, and do not use it to chew until it has been properly treated. You can use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the tooth if it’s irritating the soft tissues in your mouth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

You need to bring the tooth to our office in less than an hour if you want to save it. When you pick up the tooth, do not touch the roots (the pointed end that’s normally out of sight). Gently rinse off any debris, then see if you can put the tooth back in its socket to preserve it. You can also store it in a container filled with milk.

Lost Filling/ Crown

You can sometimes temporarily reattach a lost crown using toothpaste as a temporary adhesive. If you can’t put the restoration back in place, you should frequently rinse your mouth with warm water so that the exposed area stays clean. Try applying clove oil to the tooth if you experience any sensitivity.

Head/Neck/Jaw Pain

The pain might be linked to a TMJ disorder, so you should take care of your jaw until a more accurate diagnosis is made. Take over the counter pain medication to manage your discomfort and try to avoid bad habits that can put strain on the jaw (such as resting your head on your fist, crunching ice, or biting down on anything hard).

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Preventing Dental Emergencies

While you can always call our office when something goes wrong with your smile, it’s always better to avoid emergencies when possible. By brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting our office for checkups, you can lower your risk for dental issues caused by harmful bacteria. You can protect your teeth against physical harm by not biting down on hard foods or inedible objects, wearing a mouthguard to play sports, and opening packages with tools instead of tearing them open with your teeth.

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Emergency dental treatment can take many forms. The cost of a filling to correct relatively minor damage will be quite different than the cost of a crown or root canal therapy. It’s best to seek dental care as soon as you realize something is wrong; the more severe the issue grows, the more costly it becomes to treat. We can give you an estimate for the overall cost of treatment after we’ve examined your mouth, and we’ll handle the necessary insurance claims for you.

Root Canal Therapy

Tooth pain is often linked to an infection of the dental pulp. Removing the pulp via root canal therapy will stop the pain and prevent the infection from spreading any further. Performing a root canal can save the tooth in question from an extraction, which is why it’s important to have the procedure done as soon as possible when it’s deemed necessary. Your mouth will be numbed for root canal therapy, so it won’t be any more painful than having a filling placed.

Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction will only be performed if we determine that it’s necessary to protect your oral health and/or there’s no viable way to save the tooth. An extraction may be performed if:

  • You have a severe cavity that was not treated in time.
  • Your tooth was broken so badly that a crown can’t be placed to fix it.
  • Gum disease has irreversibly damaged the tissues anchoring the teeth to the gums and jaw.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom teeth routinely need to be removed because there’s not enough room for them. Your mouth can function just fine without wisdom teeth, so if they start to cause severe pain or damage your other teeth, there’s no reason not to have them removed. That said, some people are able to safely keep their wisdom teeth; we’ll need to examine your mouth and consider the situation before determining whether an extraction is truly required.