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Dental Emergencies in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if you have a toothache?

What to do if you have a broken tooth?

What to do for a bitten lip or tongue?

What to do if objects get caught between the teeth?

What to do if denture is broken?

What to do if crown (cap) came out or loose?

What to do if you have a toothache?

A toothache is a common dental emergency. In the event of this problem, rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an inter-dental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.

Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

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What to do if you have a broken tooth?

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately. This is a dental emergency that is best dealt with by a dental professional, such as Dr. de Windt

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What to do for a bitten lip or tongue?

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

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What to do if objects get caught between the teeth?

Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your dentist. Dr. de Windt is available at his Palm Beach Gardens office to tend to issues such as this one.

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What to do if a tooth came out from the denture or a denture is broken?

Many senior citizens are using full or partial dentures and have one or more teeth protected by crowns (caps). Dentures are removable oral prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. A crown is a porcelain and gold tooth replica that is fastened over a damaged tooth to protect it and restore its natural appearance. Both dentures and crowns can cause dental emergencies for both seniors and non-seniors alike.

Dentures are more common in senior citizens because they were more likely to first encounter dental problems at a time when extraction was the treatment of choice for dental pain. This appears to be especially true of seniors who served in the military. After many teeth are extracted, dentures are a common method of replacing them.

The most likely dental emergency for denture wearers is a chipped denture tooth or one that has broken off. If you have a spare denture (all denture wearers should have one), use it until you can go to the dentist and have it fixed.

If your whole denture breaks in half, use your spare and visit your dentist immediately. Some people may attempt to use Krazy glue to repair it, but it is very unpredictable, and generally not strong enough to hold the denture together.

In the last 25 to 30 years, there has been a concerted effort by the dental profession to save teeth when possible using root canal therapy or with treatment of the gums. Modern dental treatment will reduce the need for dentures, allowing most people to keep their own teeth for a lifetime.

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What to do if a crown (cap) came out or is loose?

Crowns are required to rebuild teeth that have been worn down, broken, have had root canal therapy, or have had multiple dental repairs over many years. Crowns are precision made and cemented on top of the tooth. If a crown is loose, see a dentist immediately. It may indicate that caries is present under it. If not attended right away, the tooth might start hurting. You may even lose the tooth.

Occasionally, the crown comes off. This leaves the tooth unprotected, and often sensitive. You can temporarily remedy this problem by using temporary dental cement found at the drug store, and carefully re-cementing the crown. This may not be necessary if you can get to the dentist within a day or two. Never wait more than a few days to get a crown re-cemented. Teeth move and shift very quickly without the crown in place. Sometimes it is not possible to reuse the crown if the teeth have shifted significantly, requiring the dentist to have to make a new crown.

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Contact Info

de Windt Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
2700 PGA Boulevard Suite 202
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

tel: (561) 622-6100
fax: (561) 622-6107
email: info@dewindtdentistry.com

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