Dental Emergencies in Boynton Beach
Toothache? Broken or chipped tooth? Swollen
gum? Call Palm Beach Smiles!
If you have a dental emergency here in
Palm Beach County,
don't delay! Give
us a call at Palm Beach Smiles, at 561-736-2377. We are located in Boynton Beach at I-95
and Boynton Beach Blvd.
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What are the signs or symptoms of a toothache or dental emergency?
The following is intended as general information and not as
medical or dental advice. It is NOT intended to provide a diagnosis or
treatment recommendations. This table may not include all possible issues
or dental emergencies. If you are having any of these signs or symptoms
(or other dental emergency), please get it checked out as soon as possible.
If you're in the area of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake
Worth, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, or anywhere in Palm Beach County, and you
have a dental emergency or toothache, give Palm Beach Smiles a call. Our
phone number is at the top of this page.
|If you have:
||It could mean:
|Swelling on the side of your
face or gums. You may also have a fever.
||You may have an infection. Infections can get
serious very quickly. Get treatment immediately. If you are having
difficulty swallowing or breathing, it is a true medical emergency.
Don't mess around! Get help NOW... as in Emergency Room.
|Constant throbbing pain.
||You may have an infection. It could also be
many other things such as: deep cavity, abscess, cracked tooth,
inflamed tooth nerve. The sooner you see a dentist, the better.
|Constant pain that subsides when
you hold cold water in your mouth.
||We call this a "hot tooth." It usually means
the nerve in the tooth is inflamed beyond its ability to heal.
Treatment options may include a tooth extraction or
root canal treatment (to
save the tooth). The only thing that will relieve this pain is
immediate dental treatment.
|Sensitivity to sweets.
||Usually this indicates decay (a
cavity). It could also be a
leaking filling or crown restoration. This is not an emergency,
but getting it treated sooner rather than later can prevent an emergency
and more expensive treatment.
||Often this indicates periodontal
disease (gum disease). Keep your mouth
as clean as possible and see a dentist ASAP.
|Pus or bad taste in
||This could indicate advanced gum
disease or a draining abscess / infection. Big cavities can also
cause a bad taste.
|Pain on biting or from pressure
||This could be as simple as a problem with the bite.
It could be a cracked tooth. It could be a problem with the tooth
nerve or even an abscess. Get it checked out ASAP.
|Broken or cracked tooth.
||Teeth can be broken as a result of trauma (biting
just "right" on the "wrong" thing, accidents, or blows to the mouth or
teeth). They can also break because they've been weakened by large
cavities or large fillings. This isn't a true emergency, but the
edges can be sharp, it can cause sensitivity, or it can be a cosmetic
Restoration of the tooth may involve a tooth-colored
or a crown.
|Pain with cold (or hot) that
lingers or doesn't go away after the cold / hot has been removed.
||The nerve of your tooth may be inflamed beyond its
ability to heal itself. Root canal treatment or extraction may be
|Tooth got knocked out or loose.
||If possible, replace tooth back in
socket (if it hasn't dropped on the ground or otherwise contaminated).
Or, place tooth in cup of water or milk. Do NOT scrub the tooth
clean. Avoid handling the tooth by the root. Get to a