Your dental needs don’t always work on a predictable schedule. Accidents, infections, and diseases can happen without warning. At Celebrity Smiles in West Melbourne, Florida, Anand Shah, DMD, and his team provide high-quality dental care in emergency dentistry situations. If you’re in need of immediate dental care for a dentistry emergency, call the office to make an immediate appointment.

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What dental issues are considered an emergency?

If you have any questions about your dental health or if something has come up unexpectedly, call Celebrity Smiles right away. The team can help you determine if you need to come in for an immediate appointment or if you can wait a few days for treatment. Of course, if you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 right away.

Issues that may need emergency care include:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Severe swelling or an abscess
  • Serious tooth pain
  • A cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
  • Uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth

The office of Celebrity Smiles always reserves a few same-day appointments available for unexpected emergencies. Don’t hesitate to call if you need care right away.

What should I do in the case of a dental emergency?

Contact the office of Celebrity Smiles as soon as possible. The team can help you deal with your specific situation. How you should react until you reach the office depends on the nature of your emergency.

If you have pain or swelling in your jaw or cheeks, apply cold packs to the outside of your mouth area. If your tooth has been knocked out, consider the following:

  • Handle the tooth as little as possible
  • Try to preserve your tooth right in your mouth — either in the pocket between your cheek and gum or in its socket
  • Place it in a cup of milk until you can get to the office

Come into the office immediately to increase the chance that the tooth can be saved. An immediate appointment can also help ease any complications caused by a cracked or chipped tooth.

Severe toothaches benefit from a warm water mouth rinse. If you’re bleeding from the mouth, rinse with warm water and apply gauze to the site of the wound.

How can I avoid a dental emergency?

You can’t avoid all accidents, falls, and injuries, of course. However, you can be more careful. Wear a mouthguard during sporting activities that include rough contact. Never chew hard objects, including ice cubes and popcorn kernels.

Come in for your regular teeth cleanings and check-ups; the team can catch complications before they turn into an emergency. Seek care for mild tooth pain right away, so you avoid a potentially dire infection.

If you have a dental emergency, Celebrity Smiles is ready to help. Call the office right away for an appointment.