It can be scary when one of your teeth is injured, but knowing you can count on an emergency dentist to get you out of the situation will help a great deal. An emergency dentist is prepared to provide urgent care for a number of the most common injuries and other surprises. Keep reading to learn more about what those can look like, and how EMA Dental can help you or your loved one get out of pain and on with enjoying life. We are the emergency dentist East Longmeadow trusts when the unexpected occurs!
The most important thing to remember in the event of any medical emergency is to keep your cool. Panicking will only exacerbate the situation. So, take a few breaths and continue with the first steps to control the immediate problem. If you are bleeding, place a clean cloth to the wound to stop or slow the blood flow. Then, get in touch with your emergency dentist right away! We have listed some of the most common dental emergencies below with further instructions for what to do next.
If a tooth has been broken, rinse your mouth out to remove any shards that may be remaining. Collect and store larger pieces for possible reattachment. This type of injury will come with its fair share of discomfort, so feel free to take an over-the-counter pain medication and place an ice pack on the affected cheek to reduce swelling. Apply the ice in 15-minute intervals -- 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.
A toothache can be the result of insufficient dental hygiene, a cracked tooth, or a number of other factors. Whatever caused yours, seeking prompt professional treatment is very important because a persistent toothache will usually not get better on its own. To manage the discomfort until you can make it to our office, take an over the counter pain reliever and use an ice pack to control swelling. Swishing your mouth out with warm salt water can help to soothe the area as well.
Act fast in the event of a knocked out tooth. If you reach our office within an hour, there may be a chance that we can reattach it. Rinse the tooth under warm water (do not scrub or touch its root) and store the tooth in its empty socket, a cup of milk, or in plastic wrap. Stop the bleeding if there is any by applying pressure with a clean cloth. Call us right away!
If a crown or filling comes off, you may be able to reattach it with dental adhesive or by simply slipping the crown back over the tooth. Remember this is only a temporary solution. Get in touch with our office for a better fix as soon as possible.