Dental emergencies happen, and they frequently happen at the most inconvenient times. We understand that and want to help.
Whatever has happened, the first thing to do is try to remain calm—then get in touch with us right away. Seeking dental care immediately can often mean the difference between losing a tooth or being able to restore it.
Dr. Yuchen Sheng and her team at Radiant Smiles Family Dental will ensure you get the treatment you need. Just give us a call. Even if you are not one of our regular patients, we have time built into our schedule just for last-minute dental emergencies.
Is Your Situation an Emergency?
This is a tough question to answer—particularly when you are anxious about something that is going on in your mouth. The best thing to do is to give us a call, and we can help assess whether you need to be seen immediately or if it can wait until the next available appointment.
As a general guide, here are some situations that constitute a dental emergency:
- Your face or mouth is swollen from a sports injury.
- You are bleeding from the mouth.
- You are in severe pain from a toothache.
- Your tooth has been loosened or avulsed (knocked out completely) because of a blow or trauma to the mouth.
- You suffered an injury or trauma to your mouth or jaw.
If you suspect your jaw is broken or you have been in a motor vehicle accident, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room immediately.
The following situations are probably not an emergency, and you can call us to make a regular appointment:
- A lost crown or filling
- Food stuck between the teeth that you cannot remove
- A mild toothache that is more annoying than anything else
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
It might surprise you to know that most dental emergencies can be prevented by visiting your dentist regularly twice a year for checkups. What often happens to people is that they put off those routine visits, waiting instead until a problem escalates. Suddenly, what might have been a small cavity that could have been fixed with a simple filling is now an infected tooth that needs a root canal.
When you see your dentist regularly, dental issues can be detected and addressed while they are small and easy to fix—enabling you to avoid emergent situations in many instances.
It's also important to have a teeth cleaning twice a year to help keep teeth and gums healthy.
Call Radiant Smiles Family Dental for Your Dental Emergency
Whether you are a resident or just visiting the South Beach area, if you need emergency dental care, call Dr. Sheng. We will get you in for an appointment as soon as possible so we can alleviate any pain you might be experiencing. We have team members who speak both Spanish and Chinese so that we can more easily communicate with you and understand your needs.
We also would like to remind you to come in for an examination if you are overdue for routine care such as a teeth cleaning and checkup—and perhaps you will be able to avoid a dental emergency in the future.