We used to be in a small facility, and now we've built this new facility. It's designed around efficiency. Everything here, the protocol and the sterilization, everything is designed to move fast while still giving great service. For our existing patients and even new patients that do have emergencies, because they do happen, dental emergencies, we can get you in pretty fast. We have three doctors on staff. We have three hygienists on staff, six dental assistants. We can get you in most likely the same day if you call by 12. If not, then the next day at the latest, usually, we can get you in.
The best stories are actually people that are people coming from out of time, because we are a vacation destination. We've had a little girl dive into a swimming pool and hit her teeth on the bottom of the pool, and we were able to help her and get her out of pain. We had another girl that was in a baseball tournament in the out field, and she went to catch the ball and tripped and took it to the teeth. We had to reset all her teeth and put the wire in and suture her lip closed, and we were able to do that for her on vacation. If we weren't able to do it, the next call would have been the emergency room who most likely wouldn't have cared much about the teeth and left them out of place like they were.
We're able to, especially with the three doctors, we're able to do most services in house as well, that we can not only bring you in but also take care of the situation, without having to send you all over town to go get other stuff done.
Even when our Panama City, FL dental office is closed, our phone is answered by a knowledgeable staff member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you call after hours, we will get you in to see Dr. Patel or Dr. Pappas as soon as possible the next day we are open.
Our compassionate team can also help relieve dental anxiety with amenities from our comfort menu.
Common Dental Emergencies And What To Do
If you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us right away for professional advice on what do next. Here’s some general guidance for common dental emergencies:
- Tooth pain: A warm saltwater 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: Rinse the tooth (or pieces) in warm water, being careful not to touch the root. Transport the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva. If our office is closed, please go to the emergency room and call us to follow up.
- Abscess: Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution several times a day to prevent the spread of infection.
- Lost restoration: Use a temporary adhesive, like denture adhesive or even toothpaste, to temporarily put the restoration back in place until you get to our office.
- Broken braces, wires, or brackets: Try using orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze to cover whatever is sticking out until we can see you. Never cut a wire! Wires can accidentally be inhaled or swallowed.
Remember, any injury, trauma, pain, or bleeding in the mouth is a dental emergency. Call Panama City Smiles for immediate assistance at (850) 763-8788. If your case isn’t an emergency, you can also schedule your appointment using our online form.