Emergency Care

dental emergencyServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

A dental emergency can leave you with a great deal of worry and even pain.

There are common reasons why you may need emergency dental care including:

  • Avulsed tooth (knocked out)
  • Filling falls out
  • Loose filling or crown
  • Broken tooth
  • Toothache
  • Dental trauma
  • Pain in gums
  • Swollen jaw
  • Object caught between teeth
  • Facial trauma that injures mouth or jaw

If you find yourself experiencing one of these instances, contact your Nashville dentist right away to schedule an appointment. This is especially necessary if you or your child has an avulsed tooth, as sometimes teeth can be put back into place without the need for total tooth replacement.

We do our absolute best to accommodate dental emergencies into our schedule, but there are times when you may find that you are unable to get in to see us right away, whether you are traveling or it is over a holiday. Here are some helpful tips for common dental emergencies that may get you by until you can get in to see the dentist.

Avulsed tooth

If ever you or your child gets a tooth knocked out, immediately submerge the tooth in milk or the person’s own saliva. This will preserve the tooth for the possibility of having it reseated in the socket. If bleeding occurs, place a clean cloth or cotton inside the mouth and bite down using mild pressure. Call our office immediately if you have not already so that we can assess the situation as soon as possible.

Broken tooth or lost filling

If you have a broken tooth or a filling that has fallen out, try not to chew food on that side. You could run the risk of damaging the tooth further. If the tooth is bothering your cheek or lips due to its sharp edge, you can even purchase some temporary dental filling material at the pharmacy. Please note that this should only be used on a temporary basis until your dental appointment. You should not attempt to treat a broken tooth with this material as a long-term fix to the problem. You could also place a piece of cotton between your tooth and your cheek while on your way to the dentist.

Toothache or tooth pain

A toothache can range from mild to severe, and even keep you from sleeping at night. If pain seems mild, it could be that you have a piece of food lodged between your teeth or just under your gums. Gently floss around the area that is causing you pain and rinse out your mouth with warm salt water to help heal aggravated gum tissue.

However, if you find that you have an unbearable toothache that sends you pacing the floors, chances are there is bacteria inside the tooth that is affecting the nerve. This type of toothache warrants a trip to the dentist as it will not subside, and is an indicator of a live infection that requires professional dental treatment.

Prevent an Emergency

Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your Nashville family dentist for regular checkups can sometimes help you avoid dental emergencies. This way, we can identify loose dental work or damaged teeth and fix the problem before you end up experiencing discomfort.

Dental Emergency in Nashville

If you find that you experience the need for emergency dental care, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry provides comprehensive oral health care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee.