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Emergency Periodontist – Tallahassee, FL

Fast Pain Relief for Serious Oral Health Problems

If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, Dr. Rasmussen is ready to help! As a highly trained periodontist, he has expertise that goes beyond what you would find in a typical dental office. If you need prompt care, give our office a call and describe the situation. If the issue is something we are equipped to handle, we will make room in our schedule to see you ASAP.

As soon as you arrive for your emergency appointment, we will do our best to make you comfortable, through our team’s kind manners and possibly through sedation as well (we offer all types of sedation).  We will focus on getting your oral health back on track pronto.

Why Choose Periodontics and Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Expert specializing in problems that affect the gums
  • All levels of sedation available
  • Gentle care from a friendly team

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Before you get to our office for your emergency appointment, there may be some steps you can take to manage your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health. Below, you’ll find some practical guidelines.

Gum Pain/Gum Disease

If your gums are in pain, or they look red and swollen, you likely have gum disease. It may even be an aggressive form of periodontitis (gum disease) that requires swift attention. Thorough but gentle oral hygiene practices, as well as rinsing with warm saltwater, may make you more comfortable while you await your appointment with Dr. Rasmussen.

Extreme Tooth Pain

Over the counter pain medications, as well as not using the tooth to chew, can help you to cope with a severe toothache until your emergency appointment. The procedure Dr. Rasmussen uses to help you will depend on the specific cause of the problem.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth with Pain

A cracked or chipped tooth gives bacteria an opportunity to invade the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. You may be able to protect the tooth with some sugar-free gum until you get to our office to be evaluated.

Ulcers and Abscesses

An abscess in the gums is a serious infection that could cause systemic illness if left untreated. An ulcer is sometimes a sign of a rare type of gum disease known as necrotizing periodontal disease. Both situations are serious. You can manage your discomfort with over the counter pain relievers, but professional help is the only way to truly address the situation.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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You can reduce your risk of suffering from the above dental emergencies if you:

  • Visit your general dentist regularly. Routine checkups and cleanings help to keep the teeth and gums strong.
  • Practice excellent oral hygiene. Thorough brushing and flossing fight harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease and other types of oral infections.
  • Protect your mouth from trauma. Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports, not chewing on hard objects, and being mindful of your surroundings can all reduce your risk of suffering a traumatic mouth injury.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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How much it costs to treat your dental emergency will depend on the nature of the situation. If you just need a prescription, you will pay less than if you require extensive treatment. Our team will be sure to give you a candid estimate for the cost of your procedure. We are happy to work with a broad range of insurance companies, and third-party financing is available for most patients.

Emergency FAQs

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You’ll never wake up thinking you’ll have a dental emergency later in the day, but the risk is always there; it’s best to make sure you’re as well-educated as possible so that you can take control of the situation quickly and get out of your pain fast. Dr. Rasmussen and the rest of our staff can answer any questions you have, but in the meantime, you can continue reading to find the answers to some of the most common inquiries we’ve received from emergency patients.

When Should I Call the Emergency Room Instead?

When it comes to severe injuries that could end up threatening your life if you don’t get medical attention right away, it’s best to get in touch with the nearest emergency room first. Such issues include a fractured or dislocated jaw, a deep facial cut, any instance of unstoppable bleeding, or swelling that is getting in the way of swallowing or breathing. Once you’ve received the appropriate treatment, we can address any broken teeth or other oral health issues you might still be suffering from; the emergency room physicians generally won’t have the tools or knowledge needed to place a crown or perform root canal therapy if needed.

What if There’s Swelling?

Swelling is a common side effect of infections of the teeth or gums; it can also be a side effect of trauma that damaged your tooth. No matter what the cause, it can be extremely uncomfortable. While you wait for your appointment, you can control swelling with a cold compress. Hold it over your cheek for about 10 minutes, then remove it for another 10 minutes before putting it back. This should help you find relief, but if you need additional help, try taking ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain medication. Keep in mind that swelling is associated with many different dental emergencies, so call us right away if it occurs even if you don’t know the exact cause.

Is Tooth Sensitivity a Potential Emergency?

Having a sensitive tooth means that you feel pain whenever it’s exposed to something hot, cold, or sweet. The exact cause of this condition can vary from person to person. Sometimes it’s due to advanced gum disease that is causing the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, leaving them looking longer than normal and exposing the roots to the elements. In other cases, your tooth might have been damaged, and that could very easily lead to an infection that requires a root canal. You won’t know the exact cause of tooth sensitivity – or how severe it is – until we’ve had a chance to examine you.

What Items Should I Include in My Emergency Dental Kit?

It’s a good idea to have all the items you’ll need during a dental emergency in one place. Common items to place in this kit include latex-free gloves, pain medication, gauze pads to stop any bleeding, Orajel (a special gel for relieving toothache pain temporarily), a container to hold a lost tooth or pieces of a tooth, and a saline rinse solution.