From time to time, patients may face any number of dental emergencies, from acute injuries to the face or jaw to damaged restorations or appliances to severe toothaches or abscesses. Rest assured that we are here to provide the care you need in a dental emergency. In fact, we actually have a dedicated phone line for that purpose. You can call it 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
Patients may be tempted to delay seeking treatment even in the case of a dental emergency, especially if they are plagued by dental anxiety. However, if you put off the appointment, it’s likely that your problem will progress and quite possible that you may need a more invasive intervention as a result. In cases of abscesses or infections, you can also put your overall health at risk if you’re not treated in a timely fashion. We encourage you to contact us immediately if you experience any of the following issues:
- Severe toothache or pain elsewhere in the mouth or jaw
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Lost tooth
- Loose tooth
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Damage to a restoration or appliance
- Signs of infection, such as pus, a strange taste in your mouth that won’t go away or unusual persistent bad breath
We appreciate that you want to have a dental emergency resolved quickly, and when the situation warrants, we are able to accommodate same-day appointments in many cases. Although we will attempt to see you as soon as possible, you may need to take steps at home to manage your symptoms prior to your appointment. We offer the following recommendations of actions to take in different emergencies.
To treat pain associated with a toothache: Over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol and Advil should minimize your discomfort while you are awaiting treatment. Avoid aspirin, though, as it can exacerbate bleeding.
When a tooth has been knocked loose or dislodged due to an injury: If the tooth remains in your mouth, just gently push it into your gum and let it be until you can get to our office for care. Avoid the temptation to fuss with it! If the tooth has been knocked out of the smile, rinse it off with cool (temperature is very important!) water and place it back in your cheek where the saliva can keep it moist.
- Dr. Burak Taskonak and his staff are wonderful. I’ve been to my fair share of dentists in the northeast and south Florida, and he is by far the most knowledgeable, caring and meticulous one. I was very happy with my experience there, and it exceeded my expectations.Tamber K.
Dr. Taskonak and his staff are friendly, knowledgeable on the latest dentistry techniques, educate their clients with patience and answer all questions thoroughly. Office is clean and modern. Further, Dr. Taskonak’s practice considers the “whole body” when it comes to dental care. Great practice!Kristen S.
Amazing! I am so happy I found Dr Burak Taskonak. He is friendly, gentle, thorough and very clean. The whole staff truly care about your comfort and well being. I’ll never go anywhere else again.Susan B.
Here are some questions that can come up about emergency dental care:
What if I have an emergency?
First, you should never ignore a dental emergency, which can escalate to a serious health problem if left untreated. If you’re experiencing any kind of dental emergency, such as severe tooth pain or a possible infection, contact our emergency line for guidance on your treatment. We will decide whether to schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible or refer you to the emergency room if the situation warrants.
What happens if I lose a tooth filling?
A lost filling can expose the nerves found in the tooth’s inner core and cause discomfort for the patient. If you lose a filling, you can fill the empty space with an over-the-counter dental cement for any brief period that you might be waiting to see Dr. Taskonak to replace the lost filling.
Can you fix a broken bridge?
The nature and extent of the damage to your bridge will affect the ability to repair it. If the pontic (artificial tooth) is broken, it may be possible to save the existing bridge. If the problem is with the abutment teeth that anchor the bridge, it may be necessary to remove the existing bridge and make a new one. If you come to our office with a broken bridge, Dr. Taskonak will examine the appliance and determine whether it can be repaired or must be replaced.
Getting prompt care in a dental emergency can help to preserve your smile’s appearance and your oral health, as well as your general well-being. Call our emergency line immediately if you have a dental emergency. We will arrange to see you in our office as soon as possible.