Emergency Dental Care in Lake Worth, FL
At Palms Dental Care, we welcome walk-in and emergency patients. We understand that dental emergencies can be very stressful and painful, and require immediate attention.
There are many scenarios that could be described as a dental emergency. In any case, your appointment will generally start out the same way. When you call, you will be asked about the problem you are having so enough time can be allotted to address your concern or complaint.
Emergency Dental Appointments
When you arrive you will fill out some basic, quick paperwork if you are a new patient, or will be taken directly to a chair if you are an existing patient. An appropriate x-ray(s) of the area in question, small photograph of the area, and history will be gathered by the dental assistant. Next, the dentist will come in a review your x-ray, mouth, symptoms, and medical, and dental history. A diagnosis is made and findings and recommendations are shared with you. Sometimes there are several options for treating a problem. All your options will be discussed in as much detail as needed for you to understand them. The treatment coordinator will review a treatment plan which includes cost and insurance coverage for each option and we will help you make the best decision possible for your oral health. At this point, treatment can be completed based on patient desires, length of time required for the procedure, type of procedure.
Broken teeth are probably the most common dental emergency. Teeth can break in many different ways. In general, if a small piece of a tooth breaks off and the tooth is otherwise in good shape, some dental composite (filling material) can be used to repair the area. If a large portion (more than 1/4) of the tooth breaks off, or if there is a large filling already in place, a crown may be recommended to protect the tooth from future breakage. Sometimes a tooth can break so that there is not enough tooth left for a filling or a crown but there is some still remaining. A root canal may be necessary so that a post can be put in the root of the tooth to give us something to rebuild around. this will give us enough tooth to hold onto a crown. Unfortunately, sometimes a tooth will break so that there is no tooth left above the gum tissue and replacement of the tooth and root will be discussed. All recommendations take into account patient desires, age, finances, and are discussed in detail.
Toothaches are also very common. There are MANY different causes of toothaches. The teeth in question, surrounding gum and bone tissues, symptoms, and medical/dental histories must be evaluated thoroughly to make a proper diagnosis. Decay (cavity) leading to the nerve space of the tooth is very common. Either a root canal or extraction will usually be recommended for this depending on the extent of damage to the tooth. Recent dental work can lead to discomfort. The ligament surrounding teeth and gums can become inflamed and it can become painful to chew. This can last days, weeks, or in rare cases months. Sometimes people will come in for toothaches that are actually sinus related or gum related.
In order to narrow down the offending tooth, several simple tests may be performed including a cold test, percussion test, periodontal probings, tooth slooth, and electrical pulp test. A cold test just involves touching cold to the tooth to see if the nerve is alive, and if so, how long the cold sensation lasts. A percussion test is tapping on the tooth to see if inflammation has spread around the tooth. Probing tells us if the surrounding bone has been affected. Tooth slooth is a device that can tell us if a crack is causing the problem. An electric pulp test helps tell us if the nerve is necrotic. These are the basic ones. There are others and all are important to the diagnosis.
Dental Infection is common. Most people know when they have an infection when there is swelling, heat, redness, and sometimes fever and malaise. Dental infections can onset very quickly. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed in addition to treatment in these cases. For very severe infections that start to affect breathing or swallowing, you should go to the emergency room. Maintenance and routine dental visits are very important for preventing infections and emergency situations.
Are You Experiencing Dental Pain?
Call Palms Dental Care with any mouth-related concerns. Emergencies and walk-ins are always welcome.