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What to Do During a Dental Emergency

Dr. Adel Mansour, your emergency dentist in Kissimmee, FL says to remain calm in an urgent dental situation. Use what you know todental emergency stabilize the condition, and of course, contact Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for advice. The actions you take will preserve oral health and function. Learn here about various dental emergencies.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency involves sudden bleeding, pain or injury to the teeth, gums, lips, and other hard or soft tissues of the mouth. Severe dental abscesses, or infections, are pressing issues needing quick attention, too.

Contrary to what many people think, you can be prepared to handle a dental emergency if you keep some information and supplies handy in your home or vehicle. Remember to take them on vacation and to your children's sporting events.

In your dental first aid kit, keep:

  • A few pairs of vinyl gloves
  • Bottled water
  • Sterile 4x4 gauze
  • Dental floss
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Instant ice packs
  • Orthodontic wax
  • The phone number for your emergency dentist in Kissimmee
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen

The Academy of General Dentistry says never use aspirin to relieve dental pain, especially when bleeding is involved. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can increase blood loss.

Dental first aid actions

Here are some common emergencies where calm thinking, combined with the right treatment, optimizes good results.

Avulsed tooth If a tooth is knocked out, rinse it with water and place it in the empty socket. Hold it there, or if this doesn't work, put it in a sealed container with milk or water. Dr. Mansour likely can replant it if you get to Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry quickly.

Cracked tooth Save the pieces, and bring them to the dental office. Dr. Mansour may use composite resin bonding to repair the tooth. If the damage is more extensive, a porcelain veneer, dental crown or root canal therapy may restore form and function.

Foreign object between teeth This is common with children, and it's painful. Try dislodging the material with dental floss. If you can't, contact the office for instructions.

Severe toothache You could have a dental abscess from deep decay. Left unattended, the infection may spread. At the first sign of dental pain, call Dr. Mansour to schedule an appointment.

Laceration Cuts to the lips, gums and tongue bleed profusely. Apply direct pressure with sterile 4x4s, a clean handkerchief or washcloth. If bleeding doesn't stop within 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room for treatment.

Cracked denture, filling or crown When your appearance is compromised, your emergency dentist understands. Call the office for an appointment. Cover jagged tooth edges with orthodontic wax to avoid irritation.

We want to help

Dr. Mansour and his staff at Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will be there for you when the unexpected happens. Contact the office for an immediate response: (407) 483-9990.

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