Athough dental emergencies are rare, they can happen, and it's important to know how to take care of your teeth in an emergency. Common dental emergencies include:
- Severe toothache
- Object caught between teeth
- Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
- Permanent tooth dislodged or knocked out
- Broken jaw
If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call us at (239) 237-3683 as soon as possible.
Our emergency policy applies not just to our current patients but to anyone who has an urgent dental issue that needs attention. If you are a visitor from out of town or a part-time resident, we are here to help with dental emergencies so you can anjoy your time in our beautiful area.
If you need immediate attention on a day when the practice is closed, you can call our sister practice Lee Dental Care in Fort Myers at (239) 936-3436. They are open Fridays 8 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm.
If you call (239) 936-3436 after hours, an on-call staff member will help you. When your dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure that you are treated as soon as possible. In the unlikely event that you are unable to reach us during an emergency, please dial 911.
Below are some first aid measures for common dental emergencies that you can do at home while waiting to see your dentist.
Lost Crown or Filling
In most cases, when crowns become loose or detached it means the tooth they are on is decaying. Thus, it is very important that you see us as soon as possible so that we can help you save your tooth. In the meantime, keep the crown in a cool, secure place and be sure to bring it to your appointment because we might be able to re-affix it.
Other temporary measures you can take are to clean the crown, and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement that can be purchased at any pharmacy. Do NOT use any permanent fixative such as glue to re-attach the crown. If you do not have the crown or can’t get it to stay on, you can spread dental cement (available at most drug stores) on the top of the exposed tooth to reduce sensitivity and discomfort.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Fractures, cracks, and breaks can are most often caused by trauma, grinding, and biting. Fractures and cracks can become very painful, so your best bet is to get in to see us as soon as possible. For a serious chip that exposes the pulp of the tooth, get to your dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth is chipped or cracked, sometimes the tooth can be fixed with a filling or bonding alone. Your dentist will likely use an X-ray of the tooth to determine the treatment necessary. Sometimes a tooth is cracked or chipped in a way affecting the nerve of the tooth, and a more complicated treatment may be needed.
If your tooth becomes dislodged or loosened from its socket by an accident or decay, we may be able to save it if you get into see us as soon as possible. If a tooth is moved due to trauma, see your dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to move the tooth back on your own. For any mouth discomfort before you get to the dentist, apply ice.
Tooth Knocked Out
Time is the most important factor when trying to save a tooth, so get to your dentist as soon as possible. In general, there is a 30-minute window of opportunity to re-implant the tooth in the socket.
- Do not try to re-implant the tooth yourself.
- The best liquid to transport a tooth in is cold milk. If milk is not available, use saliva (if possible), saline, or if nothing else is available, water.
- Don't let the tooth dry out and don't wrap it in anything.
- Don't touch the tooth root if you can avoid it.