Dental emergencies can be painful and scary, and they always happen at the worst possible time. Thankfully, unlike other dental offices in the area, we won’t make you wait to get the immediate care you need. As soon as you feel a terrible toothache or experience a dental injury, go ahead and call Tallahassee Dental Specialists. Our team will be happy to see you right away and can schedule an appointment ASAP so you can get complete relief as fast as possible.
Ideally, the best way to handle any dental emergency is to reach out for professional help as soon as you can. Of course, as we all know, life is far from ideal sometimes! If you’re unable to come see us right away for any reason, the following tips will help provide temporary relief and dramatically increase the chances we can save a tooth:
Thoroughly clean around the tooth by rinsing and flossing to remove any debris that might be stuck and causing the problem. Otherwise, it’s OK to take an OTC medicine and place a cold compress on the same side of the face as the tooth.
Try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, and put them in a safe container. Remember to bring them to our office. A cold compress can help manage any pain or swelling, and make sure the remaining tooth is covered if it has a jagged edge. You can use dental wax or sugarless gum to do this.
While it is possible for us to put a knocked out tooth back into place, it can only be done within an hour or so of the incident, so you need to move fast in this situation! After rinsing off the tooth, keep it wet to help it stay alive. To do this, it can be held within its socket, between the cheek and gums, or put in a container with milk or saltwater.
If you can find the restoration, rinse it off with lukewarm water before putting it back onto your tooth. Some toothpaste can help if it continues to slip off. While you might not feel any discomfort, it’s best to have a broken/loose restoration repaired quickly so the exposed tooth doesn’t develop any damage or decay.
The best plan for dealing with emergencies is to avoid them altogether, and the following tips will help you do exactly that:
No matter your dental emergency, it’s always best to have it treated quickly. Many patients try to simply “tough it out” because they think they won’t be able to afford urgent care. Waiting usually leads to even more pain and dysfunction, and an issue that may have been relatively easy to fix might now require a much more costly procedure. To help patients dealing with an unexpected expense, we’re happy to accept dental insurance and also offer multiple, flexible financing options.