Emergency Dental Care
Whether you are struck with sudden unexplainable tooth pain or you have lost a crown while enjoying some delicious saltwater taffy on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, dental emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life. Luckily, Rehoboth Beach Dental is here to help you the next time you experience a dental emergency. Whether you are a lifelong local or a tourist who has come to enjoy all that Rehoboth Beach has to offer, we are happy to see you quickly, relieve your pain, treat your problem, and get you on your way again.
Some of the most common reasons for seeking emergency dental care include:
- Tooth pain
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Lost crowns and fillings
- An abscessed tooth
- Teeth lost or knocked loose due to trauma
- Debris caught between the teeth that can’t be removed with either brushing or dental floss
- Injury to the soft tissues including the gums, lips, and palate
If you are experiencing any of these issues , call our office immediately, and we will get you in as soon as possible. Don’t worry if you’re from out-of-town and have never been to our office before; we are still happy to see you and take care of you. We want you to enjoy your stay in Rehoboth Beach!
In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and increase the chance that we can save your tooth if it was damaged or broken. Follow these tips for the best results:
Chipped/broken teeth – If you can, save the chip or the piece that broke off. We may be able to bond it back to your tooth. Treat any bleeding by holding clean gauze to the area. Treat swelling or pain with cold compresses to your cheek or lip. Don’t use aspirin or anti-inflammatories (unless we tell you otherwise when you call). These can increase bleeding.
Lost tooth – Keep the tooth. If it is dirty, rinse it very gently with water. Try to replace the tooth into the socket, if possible; otherwise, keep the tooth in a glass of milk or water with just a pinch of salt. If we can see you quickly enough, there’s a chance that we can replace the tooth.
Tooth pain – Try to find the source of the pain. Do you have something lodged between your teeth? Is there a sore in your mouth? Can you find any areas of swelling? Does the tooth appear normal? Is there any bleeding? These will help us determine what is causing your pain. Relieve swelling with cold compresses.
Abscess—If you have a great deal of swelling or if you can see a sore that resembles a pimple, call us immediately. Abscesses are serious and require immediate treatment to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.
Object in your teeth – Don’t attempt to use any instruments to remove the debris other than dental floss or your toothbrush. Pins and other sharp objects can injure your gums and scratch your teeth and may wedge the object in further.
Call Rehoboth Beach Dental quickly the next time you have a dental emergency.