For dental emergencies, we will do everything we can to see you on the same day. Time is crucial in emergency situations and it could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Keep the following tips in mind while waiting for your appointment to help preserve the affected tooth:
1. Knocked-Out Tooth
Pick the tooth up by the crown or top and don’t touch the root. Rinse it carefully and place in a small container with water or in a cup of milk.
2. Tooth That is Out of Alignment (Loose Tooth)
Gently move the tooth back to its original position. Once you’re in the dentist’s office they will place a splint to stabilize it.
3. Fractured Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply cold compress so that the tooth and gums won’t swell. If there’s pain, you can take an acetaminophen.
4. Chipped Tooth
If there’s no pain, a chipped tooth doesn’t necessarily require emergency treatment. But you need to make sure you don’t chew food in that side of your mouth to avoid aggravating the problem. During your appointment, your dentist will add a filling or smoothen out the chip.
If you have a dental emergency, please call (941) 926-7726 and we’ll do the best we can to see you ASAP.