Were you in an accident and one of your teeth or dental restorations was broken or knocked out? Do you have a toothache so painful that you can’t focus on anything else? If so, you should seek out urgent dental care right away, and all you need to do is pick up the phone and call Dr. Steven Feit. Dr. Feit has more than 30 years of experience in dentistry, and our team is often able to see emergency patients on a same-day basis. We’ll work to see you as quickly as possible so we can relieve your pain and get you back to your normal life, all with our gentle, caring touch.
Dental emergencies usually fall into one of two categories: trauma, or pain due to longstanding dental problems. Dr. Feit is more than qualified to handle both types of situations! Before you get to our office for your emergency appointment, however, there may be some things you can do to manage your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health.
Taking over the counter pain medications, applying clove oil to the tooth, and avoiding hot and cold foods can all minimize toothache pain. When you get to our office for treatment, Dr. Feit may recommend that you receive a restoration and/or undergo root canal therapy.
Collect any part of the tooth that broke off and bring it with you to our office. In the meantime, placing a piece of sugar-free gum on the tooth’s jagged edges can protect the soft tissues in your mouth. Dr. Feit might be able to repair the tooth, but extraction is also a possibility.
Pick up the tooth, touching it only by its top portion. Rinse off any debris, and try to place the tooth back in its socket if possible. If you cannot do that, store the tooth in a glass of milk or water to keep it moist. Get to our office as soon as you can. If you receive treatment within an hour or so of when the tooth got knocked out, Dr. Feit may be able to splint it back into place.
You might be able to temporarily reattach a lost crown using a dab of denture adhesive. Whether or not that is possible, you should be careful to avoid chewing with the vulnerable tooth. Dr. Feit may be able to permanently reattach your restoration, but it is also possible that you will need a new one altogether.
Here are some tips to help you drastically reduce your risk of facing a dental emergency:
The cost of treating your emergency will depend on the specifics of your situation. If you just need a prescription or a new filling, you will pay less than if you need a major or extensive treatment. During your emergency consultation, our team will provide you with an estimate for the cost of your care. We will also help you explore how insurance and financing may be able to help you comfortably afford your treatment.
Dr. Feit and our team are ready to help you handle dental emergencies. Before you save our office’s number in your phone and make us your go-to oral healthcare provider, however, you might have some questions about emergency dentistry and how we approach it. You might find the answers you are looking for below. If not, feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to address our patients’ questions and concerns.
If you are bleeding excessively, have broken facial bones, or have suffered a serious injury to a part of your body other than your mouth, visit the local ER instead of your emergency dentist in Boca Raton. A visit to the ER may also be advisable if you have a high fever in addition to a severe toothache. Later, after you receive initial care for your problem, you can follow up with Dr. Feit. He will assess how your injuries affected your oral health and design a treatment plan to get your smile’s well-being back on track.
In some cases, you can care for your dental problem on your own for a few days without suffering any serious consequences. For example, a lost crown or a dull toothache requires prompt care, but such situations are not as urgent as a fully or partially knocked-out (avulsed) tooth. Avulsed teeth require immediate care. The sooner you receive treatment, the more likely it is that your tooth can be saved.
Regardless of what your situation is, you should phone an emergency dentist as soon as possible after your problem starts. They will provide you with expert guidance on what your next steps should be and let you know whether it is safe to delay treatment for a few days.
Dr. Feit is an experienced prosthodontist, which means that he is highly trained in how to create dental restorations that feel, function, and look like real teeth. In most cases, he is able to repair or replace teeth in a way that beautifully complements an individual’s natural facial characteristics and that looks completely natural
Patient comfort is one of our top priorities. Anesthesia ensures that the area where we are working is numb. Sedation is also available for patients who require extensive treatment or who feel a bit apprehensive about undergoing dental procedures. Following your appointment, your mouth may be a little sore. However, the pain from your dental emergency will be gone. Depending on the nature of the problem that we treat, you may feel completely better within a few days to a week.