Where can I obtain emergency dental care?

At Highland Dental Clinic of South Lakeland, Florida, we make pain a priority. Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team understand that not all dental problems happen during regular business hours. This is why she and her team do their best to accommodate you on days when dental issues arise, as accidents and toothaches can happen to anyone at any time!

What is considered a dental emergency?

Emergency dental care is often needed when there are certain situations, such as:

  • Severe tooth pain or throbbing that cannot be relieved with over-the-counter medications
  • A knocked-out permanent (adult) tooth
  • Severe swelling or infection in the mouth, face, or neck area
  • Broken dental appliances such as fillings, crowns, dentures
  • Lost or loose dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and veneers
  • Cuts or trauma to the teeth or soft tissues in the mouth

What might I need to do to address my dental emergency?

The treatment you need will vary greatly depending on your actual dental needs. If you have a severely damaged individual tooth that cannot be saved, it may need to be extracted and replaced with restorations such as a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture. Alternatively, a tooth with trauma might be saved by placing a customized dental crown or a procedure such as a root canal therapy. Chips, cracks, and lost restorations are often addressed with dental bonding or dental cement to restore the smile. Extremely serious issues such as a severe hit to the mouth or head may instead require a visit to the emergency room and not the dentist, so be sure to talk to our team about your situation to get the most accurate information about where to turn for help!

Are you in need of emergency dental care today?

Do not hesitate to reach out to the South Lakeland, FL, team to get the care you require as soon as you need it! Call (863) 457-1954 to speak to one of our front office team members to discuss your emergency dental needs and discuss your next steps. If you need to visit our dental facility for immediate care, we invite you to see Dr. Blanca Fernandez at 5163 US Highway 98.

What types of things are considered emergencies? Often, a toothache results from a cracked tooth which X-rays can only detect. An accident or injury could possibly cause you to lose or damage a tooth, resulting in incredible pain and a dental emergency.

If your tooth has been knocked out, seeing a dentist within 30 minutes is essential. This can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth! When handling your tooth, pick it up by the crown (never the root) and gently rinse it with milk. Store the tooth in a milk container or cheek until you arrive at the dentist’s office.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.