Dental Emergencies

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Dental Emergencies services offered in Coral Gables, FL

Dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them, and knowing where to turn can make a difficult situation easier to manage. That’s why Shari A. Witkoff, DMD, offers emergency dental care to residents in and around Coral Gables, Florida. If you or a loved one needs emergency dental treatment, call the office to determine your next steps. Online booking is an option for less urgent scheduling needs. 

What are dental emergencies?

A dental emergency is an acute dental need that demands prompt attention. One way to determine if your condition is a dental emergency is to consider whether you can wait to be seen during a routinely scheduled visit. If not, emergency dentistry is probably the right approach. 


One of the best reasons to establish a trusting relationship with a highly skilled dentist is to have a resource in the event a dental emergency arises. When you’re in pain or have a damaged tooth, the last thing you want to do is shop around for a dentist who can help. 

What are some examples of dental emergencies?

Many different conditions can be considered a dental emergency. Some of the issues that bring people in for emergency dental care include:


  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Abscess
  • Severe dental pain
  • Object lodged in gums or between teeth
  • Lacerations to tongue or other soft oral tissues
  • Signs of infection
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
  • Bleeding and painful gums


If you or a family member encounter any of these issues, call Shari A. Witkoff to discuss whether you should come in for an emergency dental visit. Dr. Witkoff prides herself on being readily available to those in her care and will come into the office to meet you if you need after-hours assistance. 

What should I do if I sustain dental damage during a traumatic injury?

Being involved in a serious accident or sports injury is a stressful set of circumstances. It can be challenging to know how to respond and which needs to be addressed first. 


If your injuries include damage to your teeth, gums, or other oral tissues, your first step should be to try and take deep breaths and remain as calm as possible. Quickly assess your surroundings to determine if you are in a safe place. 


If you have bodily injuries, be sure you do not need to call for emergency medical assistance. Uncontrolled bleeding, chest pain, and shortness of breath should all prompt a call for help. 


If you’ve lost a tooth, try to find that tooth and place it back in its socket if at all possible. You can also place the tooth between your cheek and gums to protect it or place it in a small container covered with lukewarm milk. 


Call the office to explain your circumstances and determine your next steps for treatment. Remember that online booking is always an option for less time-sensitive booking needs.

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