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Emergency Dentistry

What is a Dental Emergency?

It can be hard to know what a “dental emergency” really is. Sports impact with no mouthguard, infections, biting down on things harder than teeth (popcorn kernels, hard candy), chewing ice, and using teeth as tools are some common causes of unexpected dental problems. Like any medical emergency, swift professional care is required. For emergencies during regular office hours, please call us—we’re here to help!

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Is This a Dental Emergency?

Things to Look For

There are several signs to watch for if your child has suffered jaw or mouth trauma impacting the teeth or gums. If your child is in obvious pain and exhibits one or more of these symptoms, seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible.

  • Broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Discolored teeth and/or gums
  • Visible swelling
  • Signs of infection

What Should I Do?

Breathe In. Breathe Out.

The most important thing is also the hardest: try to remain calm. Emergencies happen to every child at some point while growing up, and no parent can be everywhere at all times. We know keeping your child calm can be even more challenging than staying calm yourself—but reassure your child that Dr. Mark will help them feel better as soon as he can.

  • Avoid oral or topical aspirin and at-home topical pain relief in general. Aspirin thins the blood and can exacerbate tooth and gum pain, while other topical medicines can prove toxic to kids if swallowed.
  • Children’s Motrin (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a safer pain relief solution to soothe pain as long as it is taken orally—not applied topically.
  • Rinsing with warm water is almost always a good idea. (See helpful tips below.)
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Dental Emergencies

A Few Helpful Tips

Use your best judgment to decide whether to go to the emergency room before calling Dr. Dawoud. You can always call our office from the hospital, but please call as soon as you can to keep us in the loop. Again, try your best to remain calm. Take an extra deep breath or two!

  • Toothache/Bitten Lip or Tongue: Apply cold compress and rinse mouth with warm water. If you see persistent bleeding or discoloration, call us immediately.
  • Object Stuck in Mouth: Gently remove object with floss—never use anything sharp or pointed. If you can’t remove the object, wait for Dr. Dawoud.
  • Broken/Chipped/Cracked Tooth: Rinse mouth with warm water; apply cold compress. Keep tooth pieces moist in a wet towel and bring to Dr. Dawoud as soon as possible.
  • Tooth Knocked Out: Keep tooth moist and try to hold it in its original place. If this can’t be done, keep tooth between cheek and gums or in milk. Try not to touch the tooth root. Get medical attention quickly for the best chance of saving and re-implanting the tooth.
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Palm Harbor, FL Location

31067 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Seminole, FL Location

8686 131st St. N
Seminole, FL 33776
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