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Emergency Dentistry – Crystal River, FL

The Care You Need Right When You Need It

A dental emergency can come in many forms: an awful toothache that appears out of nowhere, a broken crown, or even a knocked-out tooth. Whatever the case may be, Crystal River residents only have to remember one thing to get the help they need: call Signature Dental Care. Dr. Schnell and our team are more than capable of handling any type of urgent dental situation, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible as well. We’ll get you feeling better in no time with emergency dentistry in Crystal River, FL!

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Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Often Able to See Emergency Patients the Same Day
  • Sedation Options Help Provide Immediate Relief
  • Advanced Technology Guarantees Fast & Comfortable Care

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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The best way to handle any type of dental emergency is to reach out for professional help as quickly as possible. Unless you’re also dealing with broken bones or profuse bleeding, it’s always best to contact our dental office instead of going to the ER because we’re better able to treat severely damaged teeth and gums. Before you’re able to reach our dental office, here are a few first-aid tips that can help provide some immediate relief:


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A toothache can be the result of many things, including a cavity, a small crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck in between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth, if the pain continues, it’s OK to take a medication like ibuprofen and use a cold compress to reduce the discomfort.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can and put them in a safe container. Rinse the mouth out gently with warm water, and use a cold compress to control any pain or swelling. The remaining tooth may have a rough edge that could injure the inside of the mouth, so it should be covered using either sugarless gum or some dental wax.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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Recover the tooth, pick it up while only touching the crown (top portion), and gently rinse off any debris before attempting to place it back into the socket. This will give us the best chance of saving the tooth. If this isn’t working, the tooth can also be held between the cheek and gums or put in a container with milk or saltwater. Ideally, you should come see us within an hour of the accident in this situation!

Lost Filling/Crown

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Give the restoration a quick rinse and try to place it back onto the tooth. If it won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste should help. While this kind of problem might not cause any pain initially, it’s still wise to have a broken restoration repaired ASAP to protect the newly exposed tooth from developing any damage or decay.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While we’re more than capable of helping people with dental emergencies, we’d prefer our patients avoid them altogether, and these simple tips will help you do just that:

  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, no matter your age, level of skill, or chosen game.
  • Don’t chew on hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, or pencils that can wear down your teeth and even break them.
  • Also, don’t use your teeth to open stubborn packages or pry open bottles.
  • Brush and floss consistently and get regular checkups and cleanings. Ongoing oral hygiene is by far the best way to prevent sudden, urgent dental problems from popping up!

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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No matter what your dental emergency might be, seeking out treatment right away is always the best decision, both for your oral health as well as your wallet. Simply waiting will only allow a problem to become worse, cause more discomfort, and increase the likelihood that a costly procedure will be needed to fix it. By acting quickly, you’ll be able to minimize any pain and expense. To help make this kind of care more affordable, we offer low-to-no interest financing through CareCredit.