A dental emergency can never wait. If you are having an emergency that needs attention right away, such as a broken tooth, toothache, or anything else that is giving you pain, call us right away. When you call with an emergency, you will be routed right to Dr. Strickland, who will treat you quickly – usually on the same day, weekends included.
If you have a dental emergency, call our office at 941-213-1077.
Dr. Strickland prefers to save teeth, and does whatever he can to do so. However, there are times when a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed to save. In this case, Dr. Strickland has a gentle, conservative approach to extracting teeth, which will stop infections and swelling. When he performs an extraction, his top priority is that you are 100% numb and comfortable before he begins. His goal is to remove the tooth and get you out of pain as quickly as possible.
When you have a dental emergency, there are some steps you can take as a temporary action before you arrive at our office.
Knocked out tooth: Keep the tooth moist at all times. Try putting the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. Then bite down gently on some gauze or a wet tea bag, holding it in place. Don’t swallow the tooth.
If you cannot put the tooth back, put it in a container and cover it with a little saliva or whole milk. You can also carry the tooth under your tongue or between your gums and lower lip.
Loose Crown: If your dental crown detaches, try to slip it back on carefully with over-the-counter dental adhesive, dental cement or, if you don’t have these items, toothpaste. If this doesn’t hold the crown in place, or you aren’t able to try this, bring the crown to our office.
Toothache: Carefully rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your gums or on the tooth, as aspirin can burn your gums. Apply a cold compress if there is any swelling. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, as needed.
Lost filling: You can seal the exposed cavity temporarily by using some over-the-counter dental cement or sugarless chewing gum.
Dental abscess: To help ease the pain and draw the infection to the surface, rinse your mouth with a mixture of half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. Repeat this rinse several times a day. Take over-the-counter pain reliever, as needed.
If you have a dental emergency, call us at 941-213-1077.