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Your Emergency Dentist in West Palm Beach Gardens

Emergency dental care is like flood insurance for many people: most of the time you never think about it, but when you really need it, you’re glad it’s there. Thousands of people across the country injure their teeth and gums every day, whether it be from playing sports or from an accident. In these situations, they simply can’t wait a week to get attention. They are in a lot of pain and their smile has been compromised, so they need to get immediate care. For the residents of West Palm Beach Gardens, Dr. William Ma is the person they go see when they need to get dental care fast. He has been serving the area for years, and his practice is the first place you should go when you traumatically injure your smile.

Meet Your Emergency Dentist in West Palm Beach Gardens

Dr. William Ma is an award-winning graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry and has been running his own private practice since 1996. In that time, he has continued to educate himself on both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, which are the two main disciplines used in emergency dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ma and our team have seen just about every dental emergency you can imagine. This enables him to remain calm under pressure and use his vast set of skills to quickly relieve people’s pain while saving their smile.

What is a Dental Emergency?

It’s nice to know who can provide you emergency dental care, but that begs the question: “What actually is a dental emergency?” You certainly wouldn’t want to rush to Dr. Ma with just a low-grade toothache. What makes a situation so dire that you need to drop everything you’re doing and go to the dentist?

Basically, a dental emergency is a situation where a person has traumatically injured their teeth and gums. The key indicator is pain. If you or a loved one is in so much dental pain that they cannot focus on anything else, it’s a dental emergency. These include:

  • A knocked out tooth
  • A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
  • Damaged or lost dental work (crowns, bridges, dentures)
  • Severe toothache
  • Large object caught between teeth
  • Injury to the gums
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Swelling in the face or jaw

If you find yourself in any of these situations, you need to act quickly.

What To Do in a Dental Emergency

Firstly, you should try to stay calm. Emergencies are always stressful, so be sure to take a moment to let your brain slow down. After that, you should immediately call Dr. William Ma. In fact, you should put his practice’s number in your phone right now so you don’t have to look it up. When you’re in pain, the last thing you want to do is have to look up a phone number.

When you call us, we’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible. We’ll even make same-day appointments. Also, our highly-skilled team will walk you through basic first-aid tips that will help manage your pain. These tips are just as important as the care you’ll receive at the office.

Here are a few basic things you can do in a dental emergency after you have called us:

  • If you have lost a tooth, try to find it and only pick it up by the crown, never the root. Try to place it back into your mouth, and if you can’t, put it in a container of milk or saltwater. This will keep your tooth viable until we can see you
  • For lost or damaged dental work, find it and put it in a container. If damaged teeth have been exposed, use dental wax or a cotton ball to cover them.
  • For a large object caught between the teeth, use floss to try and gently remove it. If this is not helping, do not use sharp objects like knives or scissors to pry it out.
  • In all emergencies, gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
  • Never place aspirin or other pain medication on your gums. This can severely damage them.
  • Use a cold compress to lessen pain and swelling.
  • Use a napkin or rag to apply gentle pressure to help stop bleeding.
  • Ideally, have someone else drive you to our office.

Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this yourself. Our team will walk you through each step of first-aid during your emergency, and they’ll do everything they can to give you the best chance of saving your smile.

Technology We Use For Dental Emergencies

Once you get to our office, Dr. Ma and our team will immediately get to work relieving your pain and fixing your problem. In order to help us do this, our facility is full of state-of-the-art technology that allows us to both treat and diagnose you faster:

  • Digital X-Rays: These enable Dr. Ma to see beyond the naked eye. They are also much faster and environmentally friendly than traditional film-based x-rays. With these images, Dr. Ma will be able to diagnose any underlying problems you might have and understand the full scope of your injury.
  • Intraoral Camera: This small, pen-sized camera also enables Dr. Ma to get a better look at your teeth and gums. He can easily zoom and display the images on a chairside monitor.
  • Sterilization Center: One of the biggest risks with any dental emergency is the chance of infection. With the sterilization center, Dr. Ma can ensure you are completely protected from any harmful bacteria or viruses.

We continue to update our office as technology advances, so you can trust that when you come to see us, you are always getting the highest-quality care possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What should I do if I find myself in a dental emergency?

Do your best to stay calm and call our office as soon as you can. Follow the instructions over the phone and be sure to find any lost teeth or dental work.

2.  I have a severe toothache. What is causing it?

It is most likely that the sensitive nerve in the tooth has been damaged. This can happen a few ways: the tooth has been injured, the tooth has undergone multiple dental procedures, or a cavity has reached the nerve. In any case, you should call our office as soon as you can because the pain will only get worse over time.

3.  How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies most often happen to people who do not regularly take care of their teeth. This allows them to wear down over time and become very vulnerable to injury. The best ways to prevent a dental emergency are to brush and floss your teeth every day, routinely get check-ups with Dr. Ma, and wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

4.  How can I protect my child’s teeth while playing sports?

Sports are one of the most common places people injure their teeth, especially children. The best way to protect them is for your child to wear a sportsguard. Dr. Ma can provide them a custom-made sportsguard that will be much more comfortable and effective than generic, store bought products.

5.  Will you be able to save my knocked out tooth?

In many situations, yes, a knocked out tooth can be successfully placed back into a person’s mouth. However, if the injury is severe enough, it may not be possible. Fortunately, Dr. Ma can give you the best tooth replacement option available today: dental implants.

6.  Should I call 911 for a dental emergency?

In most cases, no. If your injury concerns your teeth, Dr. Ma and our team are the best option for getting the specific kind of care that you need. However, if you have other injuries, such as broken bones or you are bleeding profusely, head straight to your local emergency room. Once you are stable, contact Dr. Ma so he can help you with your teeth.

How To Find Your Emergency Dentist in West Palm Beach Gardens

We are located at:

4397 Northlake Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

We are located just off of I-95 at the corner of Northlake Blvd. and N. Military Trail. Our office is right next to the Northmill Plaza and Wendy’s.

Have Any Questions?

Hopefully you never have to deal with a dental emergency, but if you do, you now have a plan. Simply put our number in your phone and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. You can rest assured that when you need help the most, we’ll be there for you faster than anyone else.

If you have any questions about what to do in a dental emergency or how to prevent one altogether, just give our office a call today.