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Emergency Dentistry – Fort Myers, FL

Expert Care When You Need It Most

A little preparedness can go a long way toward preventing a minor emergency from turning into a major one, and this philosophy perfectly applies to your teeth! Should you or a loved one develop a toothache or badly injure your teeth, instead of panicking and rushing to the ER, you can call Total Dental Solutions to get the fast, professional emergency dentistry in Fort Myers, FL that you need. Dr. George Hoop has decades of experience handling urgent dental problems, and our dental office can schedule emergency patients for same-day appointments so you can get expert care when you need it most.

Why Choose Total Dental Solutions for Emergency Dentistry?

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

If you’ve suffered a dental emergency, it’s important to remain calm and act quickly; things won’t resolve on their own, and they will be easier to handle if you keep a cool head. That said, here are three easy-to-follow steps if you or someone you know is dealing with a dental emergency:

  1. Call Our Office – You should quickly call our office and describe your symptoms over the phone; we’ll let you know when you need to come in, even if it’s that very same day. We can also usually provide you with basic first-aid tips.
  2. Attend Your Appointment – When you’re here, Dr. Hoop will perform an emergency examination, which sometimes can include capturing X-rays, to determine the best treatment route. We’ll also ensure that we treat any pain you might be feeling.
  3. Receive Urgent Care – Regardless of whether you need a simple treatment or a complex restorative procedure, we can address the issue quickly and send you on your way with a repaired smile that looks as great as it feels!

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

The best thing you can do if you encounter a dental problem, even if you’re unsure whether or not it’s an emergency, is to contact our dental office promptly. Over the phone, you’ll be able to explain your situation and we’ll let you know what to do next. In the meantime, here are a few proven methods for taking control during some of the most common dental emergencies:

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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The cost of treating a dental emergency will always vary, depending on the type and severity of the injury as well as the procedure needed to address it. When you come to see us, we’ll quickly examine your smile and go over your treatment options as well as offer a price estimate. In general, it’s always wise to seek out emergency care as quickly as possible, as this allows Dr. Hoop to address a problem early, meaning he’ll likely be able to use a more conservative (and affordable) method to fix it.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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The absolute best thing you can do to prevent a dental emergency from happening is to simply practice consistent oral hygiene! Most urgent dental issues stem from small problems being allowed to turn into big ones. By brushing and flossing every day (and getting regular checkups from Dr. Hoop), you can stop this process before it even starts. Other smart things to do include wearing a mouthguard whenever you play sports, not chewing on extremely hard items like ice, and never using your teeth to open packages or bottles.

Dental Emergencies FAQS

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of My Emergency Dentist?

Since not all emergency rooms have a dentist on staff, you’ll almost always save time, money, and hassle by bringing your dental emergency to us here at Total Dental Solutions. However, there are certain situations that need to be stabilized at an ER first before we can work on your smile. Go directly to your local emergency room if you experience:

  • Broken or dislocated jaw.
  • Bleeding in the mouth that hasn’t stopped in 10 minutes.
  • Swelling in the mouth or jaw that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe.

How Can I Tell If My Toothache Is a Dental Emergency?

All dental pain should be investigated by your Fort Myers dentist in a timely manner. While most toothaches are caused by non-emergency problems like cavities, some may be the result of a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Your toothache qualifies as a dental emergency if it’s accompanied by:

  • Severe pain that’s lasted for more than a day.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the painful tooth.
  • Sudden numbness in the tooth.
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums.
  • Signs of a serious infection, such as fever, fatigue, and swelling.

Do I Still Have to Go to the Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

Remember, your teeth can’t heal themselves like the rest of your body. If your intense toothache suddenly goes away out of the blue, it’s unlikely that the underlying issue causing your dental pain has been resolved. In some cases, a painful tooth that’s suddenly gone numb could be a warning sign of a serious infection on the inside of the tooth that’s damaged or killed the nerve. You need to come to see us right away so we can diagnose the core problem and address it before it influences the health of the rest of your teeth.

Can I Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers for a Toothache?

There are several ways you can manage a toothache until you can come to see us for an appointment. You can rinse your mouth out with warm saltwater to kill dangerous bacteria and apply an ice pack to ease any swelling. In addition, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen are good choices for easing dental discomfort.

However, it’s important to remember that even if you can keep your toothache from bothering you by taking store-bought painkillers, you still need to come see us for treatment right away. These products should only be used as temporary relief until you can reach our office.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, or if you’re unsure if your situation requires urgent dental care, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

A toothache will usually not go away on its own, which is why you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoop as soon as you feel one. He’ll perform an oral examination to identify the root cause of your pain. From decay to infection, there are many potential causes for a toothache, and you’ll want to get them ruled out by a professional right away. With early intervention, you can prevent any underlying issues from turning into severe complications down the line.

Should Knocked-Out Teeth Be Placed in Water?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, you can rinse it with water. However, you shouldn’t store it in water as it can damage the root surface cells and lower the chances of it being able to be placed back into the socket. The best thing you can do in this situation is place the tooth back in the open socket. Alternatively, you can place it in milk or saline solution for up to one hour to keep it moist. Time is of the essence in this emergency, which means you need to get to Dr. Hoop as soon as possible. The sooner you get to the office, the better chance he has of saving your tooth.

What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. That said, you should keep an emergency dentistry kit with you at all times that contains the following essentials:

  • Small sealable container for teeth or restorations
  • Sterile gloves (ideally nitrile)
  • Gauze pads and dressings
  • Cotton balls
  • Dental cement
  • Denture adhesive
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen
  • Topical anesthetic like Orajel
  • Dental floss
  • Ice pack
  • Your emergency dentist’s contact information

Can I Pop a Dental Abscess on My Own?

Absolutely not! You should never attempt to pop a dental abscess on your own. Doing so can expose your mouth to unwanted bacteria and irritate the area even more. Instead, you should contact Dr. Hoop and schedule an emergency appointment. A tooth or gum abscess is considered a dental infection, which means you need to seek urgent treatment. If you fail to address the issue in a timely manner, you risk allowing the infection to spread to other areas of the body like the neck, throat, and head.

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