Emergency Dental Care
Emergencies can be painful, stressful, and scary, but for patients in the Satellite Beach, FL area, Dr. Merrill A. Grant and his dedicated dentistry team are here to help. Emergency dentistry services are available when you need us most. Contact our team right away. We’re happy to help with same day emergency appointments and first aid tips. If patients experience bleeding that does not stop within an hour, broken jaws, or other potentially life threatening emergencies, we recommend proceeding to the nearest emergency room. Our team is happy to help patients once we determine their overall health is not at risk.
Following a few simple first-aid tips can make any dental emergency a little stressful. We’re happy to walk patients through care over the phone. You’re also invited to learn about some of the most common emergencies we see and tips to manage them below:
- Lost temporary crown – if you are able to recover the temporary, apply a small amount of toothpaste to temporarily reattach the crown. This is not a permanent restoration measure, and patients should contact us right away for repair.
- Avulsed (knocked out) tooth – whenever possible, replace the tooth in its original socket and bite down on gauze to hold it in place. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to our office.
- Cut or bitten tongue or lip – thoroughly clean the cut with warm water and clean cloth. Apply gentle pressure to the affected area with a cold compress to slow bleeding. If bleeding does not completely stop within an hour, proceed to your nearest emergency room.
- Broken tooth – recover the broken pieces of teeth and rinse both the tooth and your mouth with warm water to remove debris and prevent infection. If there are sharp points in the bits of tooth remaining, bite down on a piece of gauze to protect other teeth and soft tissue until you arrive at our practice.
- Severe toothache – gently rinse your mouth with warm water and carefully floss around the tooth that’s causing pain. There may be debris stuck below the gums, causing discomfort. Never place an aspirin onto the tooth, as this may lead to gum tissue damage. If severe pain persists or swelling or sores appear on the gums, contact our team to schedule an emergency appointment.
- Something caught between teeth – try to remove the debris with dental floss but be careful not to damage gum tissue. Never use sharp objects to remove debris stuck in teeth, as this could cause serious damage to gum tissue. If you’re unable to dislodge the object on your own, contact our team right away.
- Potentially broken jaw – try to keep your jaw immobilized, apply a cold compress, and proceed to your local emergency room. If you’ve lost or damaged teeth as part of the trauma that lead to the broken jaw, contact our team. We’re happy to partner with medical professionals to fully restore your oral and overall health.