When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, whether it’s a terrible toothache or knocked out tooth, the last thing you want to do is have to wait for care. That’s why when you call Carlson Dental Group, we’ll schedule you for a same-day appointment for emergency dentistry in Jacksonville, FL if you need help right away. We can figure out your problem and take care of your pain without delay so your emergency can become a distant memory as quickly as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
You should go ahead and give us a call even if you just think you’re experiencing a dental emergency. Better to be safe than sorry! While you’re on the phone with us, we’ll schedule you for an appointment right away if needed, and we’ll let you know what you can do to take control of the situation before you reach our dental office. Below, you’ll find a few basic first-aid tips for the most common dental emergencies.
Is there something stuck between the teeth? Start by rinsing and flossing the area, and if the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication. If there is any swelling, place a cold compress on the cheek. Rinsing once an hour with warm salt water can help relieve any pain as well until we can see you.
Use a clean towel or rag and slight pressure to stop any bleeding. Pick up as many pieces of the tooth that you can find, and place them in a safe container. Remember to bring them to our dental office. Cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum or dental wax (found at your local pharmacy) to prevent it from accidentally injuring the inside of the mouth.
If you can find the tooth, pick it up while ONLY touching the crown (top portion), and gently rinse it with water. Place it under your tongue. This will keep it alive so we can re-implant it. Ideally, you should make it to our dental office within an hour of the accident to give us the best chance of saving the tooth.
If you can find the restoration, try to place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of dental cement can help with this, which you’ll find at any pharmacy. This is just a temporary fix, and you should still come to see us for a full repair. If the restoration is lost or completely broken, simply cover the tooth with the cement instead.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Enjoy playing sports? Always remember to wear a mouthguard.
Use scissors instead of your teeth whenever you need to open a package.
Don’t chew on hard items like ice, pens, pencils, popcorn kernels, etc.
Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, ask us about getting a custom nightguard.
Visit our dental office at least twice a year for a routine checkup. These exams enable us to catch small problems and treat them before they can become big emergencies in the future.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There are many different kinds of dental emergencies, and they all have varying levels of severity, so we will only be able to give you a cost estimate after we have seen you in person and given you an exam. We never want finances to stand in the way of someone’s care, which is why we’re happy to accept most dental insurances, offer flexible financing, and we even have our own dental savings plan.