Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Royal Palm Beach, FL
You can’t plan for an emergency. But, if you experience one that affects your teeth or gums, Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA, in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, is available to help. Whether you have a knocked-out tooth, a laceration, or wake up with serious tooth pain, contact the office. Call right away to benefit from emergency dentistry services or use the online tool to plan a future visit.
Emergency Dentistry Q&A
What types of issues are treated with emergency dentistry?
The emergency dentistry services treated by Dr. Elkind include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Face or mouth injuries
- Swelling of the gums, mouth, or other soft tissue
- Severe oral infections
- Chipped teeth
Emergencies are a priority during office hours. The friendly staff does everything possible to get you in for a same-day appointment.
If your emergency happens after hours, call and follow the instructions provided. Of course, if your emergency is so severe that you can’t wait for care, head to your nearest urgent care or emergency room.
What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?
A knocked-out tooth is understandably concerning, but may be saved. Emergency dental care can help you do so. Here are the steps to take to give yourself the best chance of preserving your natural tooth. If you care for this tooth correctly and get to Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA, within 30-60 minutes, you have a good chance of saving it.
Handle the tooth properly
Avoid touching the tooth roots. Rather, pick it up by the crown. If it’s dirty, gently rinse it off, but don’t scrub. You don’t want to remove any tissue fragments that may help with reattachment.
Preserve the tooth
As you make your way to Dr. Elkind, hold the tooth back in its socket or between your teeth and gums. If this isn’t possible, place it in a small container of milk.
How should I react to other dental emergencies?
Swelling from an abscess or injury deserves emergency dentistry care. As you wait for your appointment, hold a cold compress or ice pack (covered with a soft cloth) against the outside of your mouth at the site of injury. Hold it for 20 minutes on and off until you get to your appointment.
If you’re experiencing excessive bleeding, apply pressure with gauze to help stop the flow.
A chipped or cracked tooth also deserves an emergency visit. If you have discomfort, rinse your mouth with salt water and then make your way to see Dr. Elkind.
If you have an oral health emergency, come to Bruce L. Elkind, DDS, PA. Call right away to check on when you can be seen.