Our experienced and highly trained dentist, Dr. David Bistritz, is pleased to offer emergency dental care at Aventura Dental Center in Aventura, FL. We understand that certain dental issues such as severe toothaches, a chipped or cracked tooth, and jaw pain require immediate attention for fast relief. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office as soon as possible. We will work diligently to get you in for an appointment to provide you with the care and attention you need.
What to Expect
For after-hours emergency dental care, you should call our office and leave a message with our answering service. Dr. Bistritz is then called and your number and information will be given to him to contact you. Most emergencies can be taken care of with a prescription called into a pharmacy, and you can then be scheduled to visit the office first thing in the morning. If you have a severe emergency of bleeding, intense pain, and/or serious infection, our office will typically refer the patient immediately to an ER if it is after hours.
Dr. Bistritz will usually schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress or finish the needed procedures. He will also give you specific care instructions that should be followed exactly for maximum relief. You should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings to catch and prevent any future problems that may require emergency care.
Is a Bad Toothache an Actual Dental Emergency?
People often think that a dental situation is only considered urgent if a tooth or part of the mouth is significantly injured. Having a tooth knocked out while playing sports, for example, is one of the most common scenarios that is considered a dental emergency. Interestingly, teeth getting knocked out is pretty rare, even for kids who play sports! The most common reason we're called for urgent dental care is that significant pain has developed.
While a toothache may not always constitute a dental emergency, there is no way of confirming this without a prompt examination. Tooth pain, especially a severe toothache, may indicate that an abscess has occurred. This bacterial infection around a tooth can progress quickly into significantly concerning symptoms. An abscess is an infection that develops around the root of the tooth rather than within the enamel or pulp alone. In this area around the root, the bacteria that are causing the infection may affect the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue around the tooth. This type of pus-producing infection may also occur between the gums and a tooth due to periodontal disease.
The concern with an abscess in the mouth is that the bacterial infection can spread from the root or periodontal tissue to the bloodstream. Systemic infection resulting from an abscess can pose a very serious risk to your health. It's for this reason that your dentist takes every toothache seriously.
Some of the signs of a tooth abscess include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Dull pressure sensation in or around a tooth
- Throbbing, aching, or sharp tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- An open sore around a tooth
- Persistent bad breath
- A bitter taste in the mouth
What Can I Do to Reduce Pain from a Bad Toothache?
If you develop a sudden toothache without other symptoms like a fever, you may try to manage pain using over-the-counter medication. A mild painkiller like acetaminophen may temporarily reduce pain. Some people apply a topical pain reliever like Anbesol to soothe gum or tooth pain. That said, home remedies for oral pain are not a substitute for a dental visit. The only way to resolve tooth pain and prevent unnecessary stress is to receive reparative care from your dentist as soon as possible.
Does Treatment for a Dental Emergency Hurt?
Understandably, if you anticipate that dental treatment for your toothache or other problem will hurt, you may postpone making that call to the dentist. Rest assured, the care that you receive from our professional, friendly staff is intended to resolve your painful situation as quickly as possible. If you require a filling, crown, root canal, or other treatment, Dr. Bistritz will first administer a generous amount of local numbing medication. This works nearly immediately to eradicate your pain and allow you to receive the treatment you need to correct the problem that's causing it.
Should I Wait to See My Regular Dentist for a Dental Emergency?
If you're just visiting Aventura, FL or a surrounding area and you experience a bad toothache or another potential dental emergency, your safest bet is to make a call to our office. This will enable you to talk to an experienced, compassionate dentist right away. In your conversation with Dr. Bistritz, you'll discover if your problem might become more serious if you were to postpone seeing a dentist for a few days, and what your next step should be.
Dental emergencies should not be ignored over money concerns. Our office will work with your insurance to get your maximum coverage. Our office accepts a variety of payment methods and offers financing options to make care and relief affordable.
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Relief Right Now
Some of the most pressing dental problems, like a chipped tooth or a lost filling, have a habit of happening when you least expect them. Fortunately, our dental office offers emergency dental services. If you have a problem that requires immediate treatment, we will do our best to take care of you as quickly as possible.
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