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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. If you need fast pain relief for serious oral health problems, you can count on Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee.

Why Choose Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Expert Specializing In Problems That Affect the Gums
  • All Levels of Safe & Reliable Sedation Available
  • Gentle Care From a Friendly & Experienced Team

What to Expect in a Dental Emergency

Tallahassee emergency periodontist examining a patient
  • Call us to schedule a same-day appointment: If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency or serious oral health issue, give us a call immediately. We’ll help you assess your situation over the phone and give you first-aid instructions. If necessary, we’ll schedule you a same-day appointment
  • Get an emergency exam when you arrive: 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).  From there, we will examine your mouth and take any necessary X-rays to learn more about your emergency.
  • Review the findings and make a plan: After your exam, we’ll review our findings with you and fully explain all your treatment options. We’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan for getting your oral health back on track.
  • Get the care you need: As soon as you’ve made a treatment plan, we’ll get to work right away. No matter what type of treatment you need, we will focus on your comfort while we restore your smile. We’re proud to offer a wide variety of sedation options to help you feel as relaxed as possible while we work.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies range from sudden injuries and accidents to infections and conditions that have developed over a long period of time. Both are serious situations that need to be treated right away. If you’re unsure of whether your situation counts as a dental emergency, we encourage you to give us a call anyway so we can help you determine the best course of action. If you have any of the following common dental emergencies, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away!

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

X-ray diagram showing a toothache in Tallahassee

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 qualifying patients.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Closeup of patient brushing to prevent dental emergencies in Tallahassee

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.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

Pained woman with questions for her Tallahassee emergency periodontist

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.

How Do I Handle 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 Dental 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.