Dental emergencies tend to happen suddenly and at the most inconvenient times as well. Maybe you’ve cracked a tooth after stumbling down the stairs, and there’s a big work presentation where you want to look your best in just a few days. Maybe your daughter has been complaining about some discomfort in the back of her mouth, but it isn’t until you’re in the middle of a vacation that the tears start flowing and you realize how serious it is. Whatever you and your family’s situation is, EMA Dental is here to assist you with urgent concerns.
Our team of accomplished dentists makes time for emergency cases as soon as we possibly can here in Northampton and East Longmeadow, MA – often even on the same day as your call. Our goal is to provide much-needed relief from pain right away and formulate a fast treatment plan for any cosmetic or restorative concerns that have arisen because of an emergency. Basically, contact us if you ever need dental care right away!
When experiencing oral damage and/or pain, it’s important to remain calm. If you are unable to reach one of our offices right away, here are some tips for how to improve your situation regarding common dental emergencies:
If any large pieces of a tooth have come loose, collect them. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze (if you have it) to any areas of the mouth that are bleeding. Facial swelling is likely in this situation, so use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to relieve discomfort.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly and floss around the pained tooth, as the cause could be a piece of lodged food. If this isn’t the case, contact us immediately. Any facial swelling can be remedied with a cold compress held against the cheek. Although it’s safe to take a painkiller to relieve any discomfort, don’t place it directly on the gum tissue. You may actually burn your mouth this way!
Do you still have the tooth? Start by rinsing off the crown (white) portion carefully under water if there’s any dirt or foreign debris on it. Always hold the tooth by the crown and never the root, and don’t remove any fragments of natural tissue if you can help it.
Can you place the tooth back into its original socket? If so, then follow this step next. Make sure it faces the right way and don’t force it in. If you can’t successfully reinsert it, place it in a small container of milk or saltwater. Do not wait to contact EMA Dental, as there is only a very small window of time where reattachment is a viable possibility.
If the affected tooth hurts, a bit of clove powder or oil could soothe the sensitive area; apply it carefully with a cotton swab. If you can possibly place the crown back over the tooth, then do so. Holding it in place is possible with a denture adhesive, a dental cement, or even toothpaste. For dental fillings, a piece of sugarless gum can temporarily hold the filling in place as well.