If you are experiencing a dental emergency, the team at Ocala Dental Care can provide same-day appointments in most cases. With our onsite lab and clinical skill, we can meet nearly every need in house, and we will not refer out for your treatment. In this way, we can address many different urgent concerns, including sudden pain, missing or knocked out teeth, structural damage, and objects stuck between teeth. We also provide a call service that works round the clock all year. Although we will schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible, we can advise you about the best way to address your dental emergency outside of business hours. Appropriate care can significantly ease discomfort and lessen the severity of any damage.
Dental pain will often develop slowly. However, in some cases, toothaches will come on without warning, and the discomfort can be quite severe. Before you come in for your appointment, you can ease inflammation by taking mild pain medication and using icepacks. You may also need to adjust your diet temporarily, avoiding very hard foods, sugar, and extreme temperatures.
With our onsite lab and clinical skill, we can meet nearly every need in house, and we will not refer out for your treatment.
During your appointment, we will take x-rays and scans to determine the cause of your toothache. Then we will recommend the most appropriate treatment. Often, a dental infection will result in significant inflammation. Root canal therapy is the most common option in these cases. Drs. Metcalfe, DeLeon, and Woo are experts in endodontic treatment, and can often save even the most severely compromised teeth. After removing all infected tissue and dead nerve endings, your dentist will top your tooth with a custom-made crown. Despite common misconceptions, our root canal treatment is gentle and involves minimal discomfort.
In other cases, a cavity can cause a toothache. In these instances, we will place a dental filling. Instead of traditional metal restorations, we use advanced composite resin. This material offers numerous advantages. Because it comes in various shades, the filling will blend beautifully with your smile. At the same time, the holistic, metal-free material does not contain mercury. It is also more conservative and will bond better with your tooth.
Knocked Out Teeth
A knocked out tooth is among the most alarming of dental emergencies. However, with our expert care, we can quickly restore your appearance and dental function. In fact, in many cases, we can actually save your natural tooth. However, you must act quickly when the tooth comes out. Rinse it off carefully without touching the roots. Then place it back in the socket and gently bite down to keep it in place. If this causes too much discomfort, store the tooth in a container of milk, saliva, or saline.
If we cannot reattach your natural tooth, we can replace it with a nearly identical restoration. A bridge is a common, affordable option. Comprised of three or more crowns, the restoration will attach to your natural teeth, much like a single crown. We use advanced materials, such as porcelain and zirconia, and we can often provide same-day bridges. Alternatively, a dental implant will replace both your tooth and the root itself. Dr. Woo and Dr. DeLeon perform all steps in implant dentistry. Once treatment is complete, you will have an incredibly stable and lifelike restoration that will also prevent jawbone recession.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
The protocol for a broken tooth is similar to that for a knocked out tooth. If the missing piece is large enough, store it in milk, saliva, or saline. In the interim, you can minimize discomfort by taking an over-the-counter medication or using an ice pack. If there is any bleeding, gently bite down on a piece of gauze.
The right treatment will depend on the severity of structural damage. In some cases, your dentist will simply bond the broken piece back on with dental composite. In more dramatic instances, he may need to place a crown. We use porcelain and zirconia for our restorations. Therefore, your custom-crafted crown will have a natural color and slight translucence. Finally, if a particularly large crack has exposed your tooth root, we will typically recommend root canal therapy.
Objects Stuck between Teeth
When you have a bit of food or a similar item stuck between your tooth and gum line, it can be tempting to treat the problem yourself. However, if you cannot dislodge the object with simple brushing and flossing, it is important to call our office. If you try to remove the piece with a sharp object, it can cause serious gum damage. Our team can easily eliminate the offending object without risk to your soft tissues.
Schedule Your Emergency Appointment Now
Although we can usually book same-day emergency appointments, you do need to call ahead. Contact Ocala Dental Arts immediately or call us at (352) 237-6196 to receive the important care you need.