Dental Emergencies

Panama City Smiles : Dental Emergencies in Panama City, FL

At Panama City Smiles, we understand that some dental issues cannot wait. If you have sustained an injury to your teeth or gums or are experiencing any pain in your mouth, please call us at 850-588-0185 right away. We will see you the same day during office hours. Even when our office is closed, our phone is answered by a knowledgeable staff member, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will get you in to see Dr. Anish Patel as soon as possible the next day we are open.

Any dental injury is a dental emergency. Dental pain, even without a known cause, should never be ignored. A “wait-and-see” approach is not recommended when it comes to dental care. Delaying dental attention can lead to increased pain, permanent damage, tooth loss, infection, and possibly more complicated and costly procedures.

 

Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do

We understand what a toothache probably feels like so at Panama City Smiles, we like to get people in as soon as possible. If they call during the day and we are open, we will get them in at some point during that day. We also answer our phones in the evenings, even on the weekends we always have someone answering the phones so we can do something to help you alleviate that pain and get you in and get you taken care of as soon as possible. We don’t want you to go any period of time suffering.

  • Tooth pain – can quickly become severe, keeping you from being able to eat or sleep. Call to be seen right away. In the meantime, a warm salt water rinse can help. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to your face. Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth – can be very traumatic. It is important to stay calm. Rinse the tooth (or pieces) in warm water, being careful not to touch the root. Place the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva. Come to Panama City Smiles immediately. If it is after hours, please go to the emergency room and call us to follow up.
  • Abscess – is a serious infection that can cause inflammation and pain in surrounding soft tissues and neighboring teeth, and potentially spread to the rest of the body. Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution several times a day until you are able to make it to our office for your emergency appointment.
  • Lost restoration – makes the tooth very vulnerable to infection. Under a crown or a filling, there is no protective enamel to resist bacteria. You can use a temporary adhesive, like denture adhesive or even toothpaste, to temporarily put the restoration back in place. Call us for an emergency appointment.
  • Broken braces wires or brackets – can poke or cut the inside of your cheek, tongue, or gums. Try using the eraser of a pencil to reposition it until you can come and see Dr. Patel. You can also use orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze to cover whatever is sticking out until you can be seen. Never cut a wire! Wires can accidentally be inhaled or swallowed.
  • Soft-tissue injuries – can result in bleeding. Injuries can include cuts or trauma to the gums, lips, tongue, or cheeks. Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution and place a moistened piece of gauze on the affected area, applying pressure. Call us for an emergency appointment. If the bleeding does not stop and it is after hours, please go to the emergency room.

Remember, any injury, trauma, pain, or bleeding in the mouth is a dental emergency. Call Panama City Smiles for dental emergencies immediate assistance at (850) 588-0185. We will answer your call and get you in to see Dr. Patel as soon as possible.