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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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Whether you suddenly develop a raging toothache or an injury knocks part of your tooth out, the last thing you should when you encounter a dental emergency in Crystal River is panic. Instead, you should call Signature Dental Care for over-the-phone guidance. In most cases, we can even schedule an appointment for you later that same day. However, you may need to take certain precautions until then to reduce the risk of further damage to your smile. Here are some simple tips for handling common dental emergencies.

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Something Stuck Between the Teeth

Has a piece of food or some other object gotten caught between your teeth? You might be able to remove it on your own. Take a piece of waxed dental floss and tie a knot at one end. Pulling the string through the area between your teeth can help to loosen the object.

If you can’t remove it by yourself, don’t worry. Our team has the right tools for the job. Until you reach our emergency dental office in Crystal River, though, do not use a sharp object in an attempt to get it out yourself. Doing so could scratch your gum tissue or damage your teeth.

Partially Dislodged Tooth  

A tooth that has been knocked out of its socket, even partially, is one of the most urgent dental emergencies. If possible, gently try to push the tooth back into its socket. Until your appointment, avoid chewing with that tooth. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication and holding a cold compress to your cheek can minimize pain and swelling.

It is vital that you seek help immediately after your tooth has been injured. Ideally, you should arrive at our office within an hour of the incident. The longer you put off scheduling an appointment, the less likely it is that we’ll be able to save your tooth. In that case, we may have to extract it entirely.


Sometimes, a severe infection in your mouth can result in a dental abscess, a pus-filled pocket in the gums. An untreated abscess could seriously jeopardize your oral health. The infection could even spread to other areas of your body, causing systemic health issues.

If you notice a pimple-like bump on your gums, call us right away. Do not try and pop it. Another common warning sign of an oral infection is an intense, persistent toothache in Crystal River. Until we can see you, we recommend rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution every couple of hours. This can reduce pain as well as your risk of lasting damage from the infection.

Gum/Soft Tissue Injury

In some cases, if you have injured your tongue, gums, or lips, then you should make a beeline for the nearest emergency room. This is often the case if the bleeding refuses to stop after more than ten minutes of applying pressure to the area. If that is not the case, call us right away. In the meantime, keep a firm pressure on the wound.


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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!

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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.

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Tooth Extractions

At Signature Dental Care, Dr. Schnell goes above and beyond to save your natural tooth whenever possible. However, there are certain cases where a tooth extraction is necessary to restore your oral health and your beautiful smile. Don’t worry though – we are always gentle, will answer any questions you have along the way, and make sure you are completely comfortable throughout your time in our treatment chair. Learn more about the process here!

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have much experience dealing with dental emergencies. As a result, you might panic in this situation because you don’t know what to do. Fortunately, our experience dealing with many a dental emergency means that we’re able to help greatly. We’ve compiled this list of questions we get asked the most often about emergency dentistry and answered them below for your benefit. Feel free to contact us if you have a question that doesn’t appear on this page.

When Should I Go to the Hospital vs the Dentist?

For dental emergencies that are also considered life-threatening, your best bet is to head to the emergency room of your local hospital for treatment. Emergency situations such as a broken or dislocated jaw, profuse bleeding that doesn’t subside after more than 15 minutes, or swelling that obstructs your airway all warrant a trip to the ER instead of our office. For all other emergencies that have to do with your mouth, you’re much better off seeing us. This is because, unlike the hospital staff, Dr. Schnell has the specialized training needed to deal with dental pain or injuries.

Will I Need a Root Canal?

While root canal therapy might have a frightening reputation, it’s actually one of the most common ways that we can relieve a severe toothache. When the inner portion of your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes decayed or infected, it can result in serious pain that interferes with your daily life. This is because the tooth’s nerves lie within the pulp. During a root canal, we can remove the infected tissue, alleviating your pain and protecting your tooth in the future.

How Long Should I Wait to Receive Treatment?

Ideally, you should call us as soon as you notice something is amiss to receive treatment as soon as possible. While you often recover from general medical conditions like the common cold with time, dental problems typically worsen the longer you ignore them and put off treatment. In the case of certain emergencies, such as a knocked-out tooth, coming in for timely treatment could even save your tooth. Additionally, most dental emergencies are painful to some extent, so the sooner you can see us, the quicker we can get you out of pain and back to your everyday life.

Does My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

There is no set answer to this question because every emergency situation is different. You might need only a small filling or a prescription of antibiotics to treat your problem, which is usually covered to a great degree by your insurance. However, some emergencies require that one or even multiple teeth be extracted and replaced, which are less likely to be covered by your insurance. As mentioned earlier on this page, we partner with third-party financing options like CareCredit if you need help paying for your treatment.