If you are having a dental emergency, call us immediately at 850-588-0185. Many times, you can get an emergency appointment the same day that you call.
The Two Most Important Actions To Take
When it comes to dental emergencies, there are two actions you need to take first and foremost.
Stop the bleeding: Sudden damage to your teeth and gums often comes with bleeding. Get a sanitized piece of gauze or cloth and apply direct pressure to the wound. This might hurt a bit, but you need to stop the bleeding. If you cannot get it to stop, go to your nearest emergency room.
Call us at 850-588-0185: Once the bleeding is under control, or if you have no bleeding, then call our Panama City, FL dental office. If you can call during the day, we can most likely see you that same day. If you call after hours, you’ll speak with one of our staff who can help determine what to do next.
Don’t ever feel like you have nowhere to go. Dr. Patel and Dr. Pappas are here for you.
Taking Care Of Big Dental Emergencies
That said, here are a few other tips for taking care of big dental emergencies.
– One of your teeth was knocked out.
Get the tooth if possible and place it in a small, sealable container. Cover the tooth with milk or water. Stop any bleeding, and then call us no matter the time of day. Our staff will get you seen by one of our dentists as soon as possible.
– One of your teeth is loose but still in there.
Stop any bleeding, and then do your best to leave the tooth alone. You may be tempted to see how well it’s still in your mouth, but any such movement can be the one thing to make it come out completely. Then call our Panama City, FL dental office immediately for an emergency appointment. Avoid chewing until then if you can.
– One of your teeth was chipped or cracked.
If there is no pain, you still need to call us at 850-588-0185. Any trauma powerful enough to chip or crack enamel most likely damaged the inside of your tooth as well. Don’t worry about finding what was chipped off. If you are in pain, take some non-aspirin pain relievers.
– A filling or dental crown came off one of your teeth.
Do not eat or drink anything for right now. Go to a drugstore and ask for dental cement. This is an emergency repair kit that can temporarily replace fillings and adhere crowns to their teeth. Use the dental cement as directed on the package. Then call our Panama City, FL dental office. The dental cement will protect your tooth but only for a few days.
– You have a deep cut inside your mouth.
As above, the most important thing is to stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding, and go to your emergency room if you cannot get the bleeding to stop. Once it stops, call us and explain what happened. We can help further once we know some details.
Taking Care Of Minor Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies are big, but they still need attention. Here’s what you can do with some common minor dental emergencies.
– You have a small cut inside your mouth.
As with a deep cut, start by stopping the bleeding. This shouldn’t be too hard, but if it is, go to the emergency room. Once the bleeding has stopped, call our Panama City dental office for the next available appointment. Our dentists need to ensure there are no other problems.
– You see some blood after you brush and floss your teeth.
This is probably not an emergency, but it’s still important. Bleeding after brushing is a major sign that you might have gum disease. Since this condition can make your teeth fall out, call us today and schedule your next appointment to determine if you have gum disease or not.
– You have something painful stuck between two of your teeth.
Swish some water around your mouth. Sometimes, that can dislodge whatever it is that’s causing the pain. If not, gently use some dental floss and try to remove it that way. If you cannot get rid of it, call us and explain your situation.
Dental emergencies can be frightening and confusing. No matter what’s wrong with your teeth and gums, call us at 850-588-0185 and let us know what’s going on. Our entire team is dedicated to helping you have great dental health. If you have a dental emergency, we are here for you.