If you break or crack your tooth, or have a severe toothache, you should see your dentist as soon as possible to prevent avoidable tooth loss and treat any infection. Raul Molina Jr., DDS, PA, and Raul Molina, DMD, in Miami, Florida, provide expert care for all your dental emergencies, giving you the best chance of saving your teeth and avoiding complications. If you need emergency dental treatment, call the office of Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, today, or book an appointment online.
Dental emergencies are those times when you damage one or more of your teeth or are in such pain that you need same-day treatment. Accidents and sports injuries are common causes of cracked, broken, and knocked-out teeth. Infections and abscesses in the teeth can be excruciatingly painful.
Even a mild toothache is distressing, but if you have pain in your teeth that's become overwhelming, you should consider it a dental emergency. If you also have a fever, it could be a sign that there's an infection in your tooth. If your tooth fractures, breaks off, or gets knocked out, emergency dentistry gives you a better chance of saving the tooth.
The team at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, uses the most advanced forms of technology to help diagnose and treat dental emergencies, including digital imaging and X-rays, laser dentistry, intraoral cameras to provide detailed images of the inside of your mouth, high power microscopes, and electric handpieces in place of traditional drills.
There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of infection and help save your teeth if you experience dental trauma.
If you fracture your tooth, rinse it with warm water to flush away bacteria. Any break in your tooth acts as an ideal access point for bacteria, which could lead to a painful infection. If a tooth falls out, put it back in its socket if possible. If you can't manage that, carefully place the tooth inside your cheek to stop it drying out, or put it into some milk. Your dentist at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, could save the tooth, providing you keep it moist. If your dental pain is due to having something stuck between your teeth, try using dental floss or tape to gently ease it out. However, you must be careful not to cause further tissue damage or embed a foreign object even further.
To help prevent or reduce swelling, use cold compresses on your face. You can take over-the-counter medication for severe dental pain, but don't use a topical medicine that contains aspirin.
Most importantly, call Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, as soon as possible to book an emergency appointment.
Avoiding the need for emergency dentistry isn't always possible, but you can significantly reduce the risk of dental emergencies by looking after your teeth properly.
Regular brushing and flossing and visiting Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, for routine checkups are the best ways to prevent tooth decay, which is the root cause of most painful tooth infections. You should also protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard if you take part in contact or extreme sports.
Many people use their teeth to open packets or tear and cut tape or thread, among other things. These activities aren't good for your teeth and could lead to dental emergencies, so it's best to avoid them. Biting on ice cubes or hard items like candies and unpopped corn can also damage your teeth.
If you have a dental emergency, call the office of Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, today or book an appointment online.