Our priority at Driftwood Dental is to get you out of pain. If you have a dental emergency such as a lost a tooth, tooth ache, or lost filling, please call us as soon as possible. We reserve time for emergency situations and with dental pain, it often can’t wait. In fact, we encourage you to walk-in so we can treat you even sooner.
In terms of dental emergencies, we've seen it all! Here are the most common dental emergencies and how you can handle them.
The first step is to call. To ease your pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain remedy to help make you more comfortable and you can also try holding an ice pack in the area of your face where you’re experiencing pain.
Chipped or broken tooth
Depending on the severity, broken or chipped teeth can be saved.
If it's a small break, our dentists will likely use a white filling to fix your tooth. If the break is more serious, we’ll discuss your options prior to any treatment. You may require a root canal or crown to repair your damaged tooth but that would be determined once the dentist has diagnosed your area of concern.
Knocked out tooth
If you lose a permanent or adult tooth, keep calm and call us immediately. If you’re out of town, call any dental office nearby. Time is critical.
If you can find the tooth, pick it up by the crown (the tooth part) and avoid touching the root. If dirty, wash quickly under cold water and try to replant the tooth and bit down to hold it in position.
If this is not possible, try putting the tooth in a container of cold milk or place in your mouth between your molars and your cheek. Younger patients can swallow so please use your judgement as to how best to transport the tooth. AVOID keeping it in water. Once a tooth is lost, the nerves and blood vessels cannot be repaired. However, the bone can reattach to the root of the tooth once it's put back into place.