DENTAL EMERGENCY: When is it urgent for you to go straight to the Dentist?

It is a sad reality but often we do see patients that have waited way too long to come to us and the consequences are pretty sad.

So I thought it would be a good idea to lay out in simple language what is a true dental emergency.

If you ever experience the following signs and symptoms;  I will suggest you call us immediately at 305-460-4499.

  • Swelling inside the mouth or in the face.
  • Toothache accompanied with fever
  • Acute pain
  • Abnormal growths and/or lesions in the soft tissue (lips, tongue, gums, floor of the mouth, palate) the soft tissue in the mouth is constantly changing. If you ever notice something abnormal give us a call. Do not go to the internet to self-diagnose. Oral cancer is very aggressive and common but not all oral lesions are cancer. Let us decide whether or not you need a biopsy.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Trauma to the mouth or teeth that may include loosening of the teeth and or laceration of the tongue or lips. If you ever suffer a trauma to the mouth and a tooth or teeth move or come loose; you may try to put them back in their socket immediately or place them in milk . An experienced dentist has a 2 hour window where he/she might be able to re-implant the tooth and fix it in place.

Important note:

Do not apply aspirin to an aching tooth. You will suffer an aspirin burn on the soft tissue.

Do not take old antibiotics.

Do call us. I am always happy to help and believe it or not; treating dental emergencies is one of the most rewarding things in my beloved career.

Thank you for staying in contact.

Dr. Jocy

Bring your child for an evaluation as soon as you can. That way he/she will get
used to the dental office environment and to routine check ups and cleanings.
Your child might need fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and
resist decay. Other measures you should take to avoid cavities are the following: 

  • Limit children’s sugar intake
  • Teach children how to brush and floss correctly
  • Supervise brushing sessions and help with flossing
  • Visit the dentist at least every 6 months

Why are my gums bleeding?

Amalgam fillings contain mercury, and are often referred to as silver fillings. Their safety has been in question for a number of years due to concerns over the absorption of elemental mercury into the body. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of liquid mercury, small pieces of silver and other metals such as copper, tin and zinc. Although this type of filling is strong and durable, and the American Dental Association approves its use; they can compromise the integrity of the tooth. In order for the silver filling to stay in place the dentist is forced to cut the tooth in a way that may weaken the tooth.  Also, because they contain metal, it is difficult to see tooth decay beneath them on a dental X ray as the metal “blocks out” the decay.

Composite resin fillings (also known as bondings) were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. They are available in a variety of shades and the dentist is able to match the existing tooth color to achieve a virtually invisible restoration. They are made of a plastic dental resin.  Composite fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. They are bonded to the tooth therefore the dentist does not have to remove healthy tooth structure to gain retention for the restoration.

It is important to mention that ALL dental restorations might develop recurrent decay. Recurrent decay is when a tooth that already has been ‘filled” develops once again another cavity.  This is one of the reasons why we dentist need to dental radiographs at least once a year to evaluate the integrity and the seal of all existing restorations.  Dental restorations do deteriorate and suffer wear with time.

Jocelyn Mendez DDS PA

a Smile Design Studio.

2820 Oak Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Phone: (305) 460-4499

Should I replace my silver fillings?


You may be suffering from Gingivitis or Periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to the more serious and destructive periodontal disease. The following are some factors that increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:

  •  Tobacco smoking or chewing
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
  • Some medications such as steroids, anti-epilepsy, cancer therapy, calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
  • Bridges that no longer fit properly
  • Crooked teeth
  • Fillings that have become defective
  • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives
  • Lack of routine professional oral care
  • Improper brushing or flossing

    If you think you may have this disease call us immediately for an evaluation

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