Emergency Dentist – Brandon FL

Emergency Dental Care During COVID-19

In this time of many uncertainties, dental practices around the world have been advised to close their doors in the interest of social distancing & “flattening the curve.” However, dental emergencies still happen even if, & in some cases especially because, patients cannot receive routine dental care.

As an established healthcare provider in our community, our number one priority is the well-being of everyone in our community. Though we may not currently be seeing patients for routine care, we remain committed to caring for patients & have chosen to stay open for emergencies.

A Safe Space

At Brandon Complete Dental Care, we have improved our already extremely rigid sterilization standards in order to virtually eliminate the possibility of disease transmission to both staff & patients in our office.

In addition to our normal sterilization protocols, we now more frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces throughout our office. We are adhering to additional safety requirements set by local & national health authorities. In the interest of making sure you feel as safe as possible, we also give every patient the option to wait in their car for their appointment to begin. If you have any questions about our protocols, we would be happy to speak with you about them.

What Qualifies as an Emergency?

If you or a family member or friend are experiencing any of the following, please call us right away & we will do our best to accommodate you during this difficult time:

  • Pain that is not managed by over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding in the mouth.
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth.
  • Dry socket or other result of a recent surgery, including stitches that need to be removed.
  • Pain from a dental appliance that needs fitting or trimming.

If you are experiencing something not on the list, or if you’re unsure your problem qualifies as an emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help get our community through these uncertain times!

Emergency Dentistry

We recognize that dental emergency situations do arise, & at our practice, we will do our best to respond to your problem promptly. Whether it is something as simple as a tooth filling or a complicated procedure, we can provide you with assistance. If the problem arises when our office is closed, our answering service will forward your message to our dentists.

Woman with toothacheThe most common reasons our patients need emergency dentistry are accidents or toothaches. Toothaches can be caused by infection or by injuries. If you are suffering from a toothache, don’t hesitate to call us immediately. We will get you in as soon as possible & figure out what is going on so we can relieve your pain.

A tooth that has been knocked out or cracked is perhaps the most critical dental emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out in an accident, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is vital to saving your tooth. In the meantime before you get to the dentist, you can take steps to keep your tooth alive, including gently trying to place the tooth back in its socket (without touching the root), keeping the tooth between your gums & lip, placing it in a glass of milk, or placing it in an ADA-approved tooth preservation kit. If your dental emergency is potentially life threatening, you should go to the emergency room.

What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency?

Even if you have never been to our office before, we are happy to help you during a dental emergency. Please contact us immediately if you are in urgent need of care.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

There are a few precautions you can take to avoid future dental emergencies. Our most important piece of advice is to treat your teeth with care & respect. You only get one set of permanent teeth! Stopping bad habits like nail biting or chewing on pens & other inedible objects can go a long way in preventing future dental disasters.

Improvements to your dietary habits can also contribute to dental longevity. Eating ice or hard & sticky candy is rough on your teeth & will wear them down or even loosen them. If certain foods take extra effort to chew, it’s probably best to avoid them.

Athletes & kids who play sports should always wear protective mouthguards during physical activities. These can be purchased at the store or from a dentist. An athletic mouthguard that fits well is more likely to prevent injuries, so make sure to have a dentist take a look at yours. Even minor teeth shifting can affect how your mouthguard fits.

If you’re having problems with a store-bought sports mouthguard, the dentist can usually make one that’s better for comfort & protection. After all, you’re more likely to wear a mouthguard when it fits nicely! Get in the habit of bringing your mouthguard to every dental appointment in case it needs adjustment.

Keeping these tips in mind can save you a lifetime of dental visits & expenses. We’re happy to care for you during a dental emergency, but we’d prefer you avoid one in the first place!

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