Emergency Care

Dental emergencies can happen. In these cases call our office and if we are closed please leave us a message we will get back to you first thing the next morning. Until we can get you on the schedule, here’s what to do:

Broken Fillings or Broken teeth: Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water to remove debris (dissolved table salt or baking soda is soothing). If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with dental wax (found in your drug store) or in a pinch, sugarless gum.

Fallen Off Crown: Save the crown if possible. Try to affix the crown with denture adhesive or if it won't stick, use wax to protect the tooth from air.

Knocked Out Tooth: If we can treat you within an hour, chances are we can reseat the tooth for good. Don't touch the root - this could damage delicate nerves. Gently replace the tooth where it belongs, or keep it moist in milk.

Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water; try to floss away any food particles. Ice packs and numbing agent may make you comfortable. See our office ASAP!

Creating Smiles For Life

Dr. John C. Carter, DDS
4907 Brambleton Avenue • Roanoke, VA 24018 • (540) 774-3143