Handling Dental Emergencies In Hoover, AL

Hello again from your friends at Perrigo Dental Care of Hoover, Alabama!

We hope that your new year is off to a good start. With any luck, 2016 will be full of happiness and good fortune for all of our patients.

We know that there is nothing worse than an unexpected problem, especially one that involves your health and wellness. That is why it is always good to have a dentist you can trust on-hand to help when things go awry.

The good news is that, while dental emergencies can be life-changing, they are seldom life-threatening. Still they are usually time-sensitive when it comes to getting good outcomes for you.

It would be wonderful if you never have to stop by while in distress. Still, if you should ever have to visit our office for emergency treatment, you will get a prompt doctor’s evaluation and an immediate action plan to take care of your unique problem. You can also rest assured that we will do our part to make your visit as comfortable as possible during your emergency situation. We wouldn’t want to add any extra stress, that’s for sure!

We thought it might be helpful to go over how to address specific emergencies. While no two emergencies are the same, here is a partial list of common dental issues and how to handle them, generally speaking:

Knocked Out Tooth

Try to remain calm! Put the tooth back in place and bite gently with a piece of gauze. You can also put the tooth in a small vessel and cover it with whole milk or saliva. Get here as fast as you can!


Pain is always trying to tell you that something is not as it should be! Rinse with lukewarm water and floss to remove any food that may be in the teeth. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease the pain. Then call our office!

Loose Crown

This can be disconcerting and even painful. Get dental cement or denture adhesive and put it in the inside of the crown. Put the crown back over your tooth and come to the office immediately. We’ll get you fixed up fast!

Dental Abscess

You will want to rinse with a saltwater solution of half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. But you should call our office immediately if you have a dental abscess, as it may lead to infection. You won’t want to make matters worse by putting off treatment.

Broken Tooth

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, rinse with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress outside the mouth. Be sure to save all your tooth’s pieces in milk or saliva.

Lost Dental Fillings

You can coat your tooth with dental cement or sugar-free gum and get to the office immediately!

We Are Standing-by To Help

We hope that today’s blog post has been informative. There are many other emergency situations that could arise, but, regardless, we are here to help. We have the training and the tools to turn things around in a hurry.

To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us right away!