Dental Emergencies – We’re Here For You
There’s nothing to compare to the pain of a severe toothache which can really drag you down and make you feel truly miserable. For this reason we’d like to assure all our patients that we endeavour to book same day appointments for an emergency. So if you’d like to be seen then please call 941-921-4654 during working hours, explain your symptoms, and we’ll do our very best to fit you in.
Until you can get to see the doctor, try to ease the pain with over-the-counter pain relief tablets and hold an ice pack against your face at the place where the tooth is sore. Do not use any source of heat such as a hot water bottle or heating pad as this will make matters worse.
Out of hours emergencies
Teeth have a habit of causing problems at the most inconvenient time, often just after you’ve gone to bed and settled down for a good night’s sleep, which is why we’re always here for you. If your dental emergency happens after hours or when the office is closed over the weekend, and you’re one of our regular patients, please call the normal office number. You’ll hear a recorded telephone message giving you instructions of how to reach a doctor right away.
What is classed as a dental emergency?
We would advise you to seek urgent dental treatment if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Severe toothache or facial pain which isn’t relieved by over the counter painkillers
- An accident has knocked out a permanent tooth
- Toothache or facial swelling which could indicate an infection
- Bleeding, following an extraction or dental implant, which just won’t stop
- Swelling of the face and mouth which is worsening
- Trauma of the teeth, mouth, or face following an accident or recent injury
Being prepared for dental emergencies
Usually if you visit the dentist on a regular basis, then dental emergencies rarely occur but it’s always better to be safe than sorry and prepare for such an occurrence. It makes sense to keep a dental first aid kit in your bathroom at home. This should include over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol, cotton wool pads to stop any flow of blood, and an antiseptic mouthwash.
If you feel that your dental problem is an emergency then please call us at any time of the day or night. We ‘ll make sure that you are attended to as quickly and efficiently as possible.