What counts as a dental emergency?
As a general rule, if there’s pain in your mouth, it’s a dental emergency. Any injuries to your mouth that result in bleeding or tooth displacement also qualify. There’s never a good reason to wait out the resulting pain. Your mouth is very sensitive and could keep you in agony much longer than you expect. Call Southington Dentistry or come to our offices. We’ll be able to treat the pain, assess your injury and save your smile.
Dental Injuries that qualify as emergencies include:
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Absent tooth fillings or crowns
- A damaged jaw
- Loose teeth
- Knocked out teeth
Controlling the situation
If you have suffered a dental injury, there are a few things that will comfort your tooth or jaw in the interim before seeing the dentist. The first step is to remain calm and assess the situation practically. From there you can take the necessary steps to preserve your mouth:
- If you are bleeding, use sterile gauze and light pressure to stop it.
- If your tooth or jaw is still in the socket, do not touch it or apply pressure. A light grip is fine when keeping a loose tooth in place.
- If the tooth has fallen out, rinse it clean with water. Place it back in the socket, or put it in a container with your own saliva or milk to keep it moist.
- If there is swelling, gently apply an ice-pack or other cold items on the affected area on the outside of the mouth.
- Avoid chewing or eating until you see a dentist, there could be greater damage than you realize.
- Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible!
Dealing with the pain
Whatever the dental emergency, there will be some type of pain. Taking pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, can ease your discomfort until you can get to the dentist’s office. You can also apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.
Once you get to the Dentist, there are a wide array of pain relief tools including:
- Anesthetics (Novocaine)
- Analgesics (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
- Sedatives (Conscious Sedation or Deep Sedation)
Emergency treatment is just a call away with Southington Dentistry!
If treated early and properly, no dental injury is without a remedy. At Southington Dentistry, we allocate hours each day for dental emergencies. Our seasoned and capable staff have years of experience dealing with dental injuries and know the best way to help you to a speedy recovery. Call our office at (860) 628-5029 for a prompt appointment. Don’t wait! Treatment within 12 hours of the injury significantly improves your odds of saving a damaged or injured tooth!