How To Handle Dental Emergencies In Port Charlotte, FL
If you have a problem with your teeth, chances are you are experiencing some level of pain or discomfort. Teeth are very hard on the outside, but they have nerve endings in the pulp inside, so toothaches are not uncommon. But how much is too much? When does an issue with your teeth change into a problem requiring dental emergency care? And what about things that are obvious emergencies, like knocking out a tooth or bleeding from the mouth?
The first thing you can do is call our Port Charlotte, FL office at 941-625-7877. If you call outside our normal business hours, the call reroutes to a cell phone, so more often than not someone will be available to either answer your call or return it quickly. This is the fastest way to get you information and help. That said, below you will find information about what is normally considered a dental emergency, and what you can do to help.
When A Problem Becomes An Emergency
Are you unsure whether your situation would count as a dental emergency? Here are some cases that ARE emergencies:
- Damage to your gums, tongue, or inside of the mouth that results in a lot of bleeding.
- Any bleeding that cannot be stopped, no matter how light.
- A tooth that has been knocked out.
- A tooth that hasn’t fallen out yet but is very loose and could come out.
- A tooth that is broken or has a new, major crack in it.
- Toothaches that are severe and do not go away.
- Severe pain when you open or close your mouth.
All of the examples above would constitute a dental emergency! Please do not hesitate to call us no matter what time of day it is. And if you cannot stop the bleeding, you should visit an emergency room immediately.
How To Make An Emergency Appointment
Call us at [phone] and explain what’s going on. If you call during our regular hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.), a member of our staff will listen carefully and get you in as soon as possible. We are usually able to see you the same day that we speak to you. If you call when we are closed, the call is sent to a cell phone, and we will discuss your best dental options.
What To Do Next
While you wait to be seen, there are a few things you can do to help depending on the reason for the emergency:
- If a tooth has been knocked loose, leave it alone. The more you touch it, the greater the chance it will fall out.
- If a tooth has been knocked out, try placing it back in the socket. If it will stay, try to keep it there. If it won’t stay, put the tooth in a small amount of water or milk, and bring it with you to your appointment.
- If you are bleeding at all, try using pressure to stop it. Again, if you cannot stop the bleeding, go to your local emergency room as soon as possible.
How To Make A Non-Emergency Appointment
After reviewing the material on our website, if you don’t think your problem is an emergency, you are always welcome to call us and discuss the situation. And if you need a non-emergency appointment, call us at [phone] or use our online form.