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How to Determine If You Have a Dental Emergency

Tooth PainPrompt treatment of dental emergencies is the key to avoiding tooth loss and other complications. When disaster strikes, Kissimmee, FL, emergency dentist Dr. Adel Mansour helps you protect your smile with emergency dental care services.

Is It an Emergency?

Emergencies generally involve severe pain, bleeding, or an injury that has lead, or will likely lead, to the loss of a tooth. It's important to call your Kissimmee dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of these emergencies:

  • You Knocked out a Tooth: It may be possible to reimplant your tooth if you act quickly. Rinse the tooth in water and place it back in the socket if it will fit easily. If not, place the tooth between your cheek or gum or wrap it in gauze and put in a container of milk or your saliva. Keeping the tooth moist is particularly important during your trip to your emergency dentist.
  • Your Tooth Feels a Little Loose: Loose teeth are also a dental emergency, whether the tooth merely wiggles a little or has moved completely out of its normal position. Try to move a displaced tooth back into place without forcing it if possible and avoid chewing on the tooth until you see the dentist.
  • You Have Severe Pain and Feel a Little Sick: Abscesses (bacterial infections that affect tooth pulp) can cause severe, throbbing pain in your tooth and jaw. The infection may also make you feel unwell, cause a fever, and make your lymph nodes to swell. Other symptoms may include facial swelling, a pimple on your gum near the tooth, or pus around the tooth. Ignoring these symptoms will likely lead to the spread of the infection and possibly the loss of your tooth.
  • Your Tooth Broke: Broken teeth can be very painful if the dentin layer or pulp of your tooth is exposed to the air. Jagged edges may also cut your lips or mouth and make chewing very difficult. A broken tooth warrants an immediate call to the dentist.
  • You Cut Your Mouth, Gums or Face: Your dentist also treats injuries that cause lacerations to your mouth, gums or face.

Emergency dental care can protect your smile! Call Kissimmee, FL, emergency dentist Dr. Adel Mansour at (407) 483-9990 if you experience an emergency or simply want to schedule a checkup.

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