Emergency Dentistry – Jacksonville, FL
Immediate Care When You Need It the Most
If you have a medical emergency, your best bet is to visit a hospital, but if you’re dealing with a dental emergency, you should contact Dr. Schumacher instead. He has the experience to handle urgent dental issues that most ERs don’t, plus we’re able to schedule same-day appointments so patients can get the attention they need as quickly as possible. For toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and lost fillings/crowns, we’re ready to provide the relief you deserve right away.
Why Choose James L. Schumacher
for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Sedation Can Help Calm Any Nerves
- Happy to Accept & Maximize Dental Insurance
Common Dental Emergencies
There are several types of dental emergencies that we’ll discuss below, but what’s important to remember is that if you even think you’re dealing with one, you should go ahead and call our office. We’ll let you know what to do over the phone and determine whether or not you need to come see us. Before you’re able to reach us, there are a few things you can do to provide temporary relief and protect your oral health…
A toothache can be caused by a cavity, small crack, or even a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing the area, if the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to the face.
Gather as many pieces of the tooth that you can find, put them in a safe container, and bring them to our office. If the remaining tooth has a rough edge, cover it with some sugarless gum or dental wax (available at any pharmacy). Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain, and use gauze and light pressure if there is any bleeding.
It’s essential that you come to our office within an hour or so of the accident to give us the best chance of replanting the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part you can see when you smile), gently rinse it with water, and place it under the tongue. The tooth must remain moist to stay alive. Alternatively, you can keep it in a container with milk or saltwater.
While not the most pressing emergency, a lost restoration does make a tooth much more vulnerable to developing decay or damage, so you should try to come see us as soon as you can for a repair. Before that, you can try to put the restoration back into place and temporarily secure it with some toothpaste or dental cement.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While having an experienced emergency dentist nearby is nice, most patients would rather avoid urgent dental situations in the first place. Fortunately, a few simple habits will go a long way in keeping your teeth safe:
- Preserve your enamel and don’t chew on hard things like ice, pen caps, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Be careful when eating very sticky or hard foods.
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
- Come see us for checkups and cleanings twice a year—these appointments allow us to catch minor issues before they become big emergencies.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency treatment will be based on the type and severity of your injury as well as the procedure needed to fix it. For example, a minor toothache might just need a small filling, but if it’s due to a serious infection, we may need to perform root canal therapy and place a crown. We’ll go over your options before starting treatment, and we’ll also discuss how we can use your insurance or our in-office savings plan to make your care easily affordable.