Are you experiencing a dental emergency? If so, we are here to help. Our Cool Springs office is open to patients new and old, in case of an unforeseen emergency. We are happy to accept emergency visits during regular office hours. Please call us immediately at (615) 771-7733 and we will do our best to get you into the office on the same day.
In the meantime, you may need to take some first aid steps to help ensure a better recovery. Common dental emergencies and first aid include:
Toothache: If you are experiencing pain in a particular tooth make sure to rinse your mouth with warm water so the area is clean.
- Try using dental floss to remove any food or other substance that may be lodged between teeth.
- Do not apply any painkiller against the gums near an aching tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue.
- Unlike a twisted ankle or an abrasion, most toothaches will not go away on their own and will require professional attention.
Broken tooth: Find yourself with a broken tooth after a high-contact sport or accident? Rest assured we can help restore your tooth, just follow these steps:
- As soon as you break your tooth, rinse out your mouth with warm water and use cold compresses on the area to bring down swelling.
- Call us immediately so we can schedule a visit for you at (615) 771-7733.
- If we are unable to reattach the broken piece, we have several options such as bonding or veneers that can return the appearance and functionality of the broken tooth to normal.
- If you find a small crack in a tooth do not panic. Tiny cracks are common and usually cause no issue when left alone.
- If you have continued pain from the affected area you should avoid chewing on the tooth and contact us for an appointment.
Bitten lip or tongue
- Accidentally bit your lip or tongue? Gently wipe the cut with a clean cloth or towel.
- Apply cold pressure onto the wound to reduce swelling.
- If bleeding persists, please head to the nearest emergency room.
Object stuck between teeth
- Sometimes we get large or annoying particles stuck in our mouth, even after brushing. One trick that usually works is using dental floss. Gently floss between teeth, avoid cutting the gums.
- Never use a sharp instrument to remove debris from the teeth, as this may result in a cut.
- If flossing does not solve the problem then contact us. Remember, regular flossing can prevent uncomfortable objects from getting wedged between teeth.