We don’t mean to brag — OK, maybe we do — but St. Petersburg, FL is one of the best places to live, work, and play. Everyone loves the beautiful weather and the beaches, and compared to other vacation spots, it’s pretty affordable. That’s what makes it among the top 10 most popular Spring Break destinations in the United States!
And if you’re getting ready to vacation in Sunshine City, there’s one thing you should be doing to ensure a dental emergency doesn’t interfere with your rest and relaxation: Keep the name and number of Dr. Jeffery Spilman in your phone contacts.
The office of Jeffery A. Spilman DDS wants you to have a great experience in sunny St. Petersburg, which is why we make an effort to see vacationers with dental emergencies as soon as possible. We don’t want pain to get in the way of a good time. Our compassionate team will make you feel right at home in our practice, and Dr. Spilman can communicate with your dentist back home to make sure everything’s squared away.
Read on to learn about three common types of dental emergencies we treat in our office, as well as things you can do to minimize damage. Then, call us at 727-645-4727 to schedule a visit.
1. Broken Tooth
Perhaps you decided to really go for it while playing beach volleyball — and in the process broke a tooth. Left untreated, the nerves inside your tooth can become exposed to irritants like cold beverages, causing hypersensitivity. The nerves can also become infected, which threatens the health of the tooth.
So, when you’ve broken a tooth, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to have it restored. Give us a call so we can get you in quickly. But in the meantime, you should:
- Rinse out your mouth with warm water and apply pressure with clean gauze if you’re experiencing bleeding. If you can’t seem to get the bleeding to stop, seek immediate medical attention before coming to see us.
- Reduce swelling by applying a cold pack to the side of your face.
- Protect the part of the tooth that’s still in your mouth with an over-the-counter dental cement, which you can find in drugstores.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you’re experiencing pain.
Once you come into our office, we’ll assess the damage and figure out the best way to restore the health and appearance of your tooth. If the inner parts of your tooth have become infected or otherwise damaged, we might recommend a root canal to save your natural tooth.
If your tooth has not broken into pieces and is simply cracked, you should still come in as soon as possible. In fact, there’s little that you can do yourself to repair or minimize damage to a cracked tooth.
2. Knocked Out Tooth
Having a tooth knocked out is a scary thing, but with a little quick thinking and action, it’s possible to save it. Follow these steps, and try to see a dentist within a half hour of the accident.
- Handling the tooth by the crown (the part that’s visible when you smile), rinse it with lukewarm water if necessary. Don’t touch the root of the tooth.
- If it’s possible, gently place the tooth back in its socket. Hold it in place either with a clean finger or by gently biting down on it.
- If it’s not possible to place the tooth back in the socket, make sure to keep it moist. You can place it in a small container of your saliva or milk. You can also use an emergency tooth preservation kit that you can find in the drugstore.
3. Severe Toothache
Nothing ruins a fun night out like a toothache, but sometimes, it’s hard to know when it’s time to see a dentist because of the pain. Generally speaking, if your toothache lasts longer than a day or two, or if it’s accompanied by fever, swelling, or an earache, it’s time to see the dentist.
A toothache can be your body’s way of signaling an infection — which if left untreated could result in tooth loss and the spread of infection to other parts of your body.
Give us a call, and minimize your discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers. You can also apply a cold pack to your face to ease pain and swelling as well.
Your Dental Home Away From Home
We know that dental emergencies don’t always happen during normal business hours. That’s why Dr. Spilman treats patients on Saturdays as well as during the week!
We want to be your “dental home away from home.” If a dental disaster strikes during your vacation, call us at 727-645-4727 to get the high-quality dental care you need. You can also use our online form to request an appointment or ask questions.
Spring Break Dental Emergency | St. Petersburg, FL | Jeffery A. Spilman DDS
Don’t let dental disaster ruin your spring break in St. Petersburg, FL! The office of Jeffery A. Spilman DDS is happy to help vacationers experiencing a dental emergency. Call us at 727-645-4727 to get the high-quality dental care you need.