We can’t always plan for emergencies, but we can think of courses of action to take ahead of time to lessen the impact. It’s important to address the situation immediately and get help as soon as possible. Dental emergencies in particular cannot be ignored. The longer they are left untreated, the more likely they are to cause permanent damage and require expensive and extensive treatment in the future. An emergency dentist in Newtown discusses what to do should a dental emergency arise.
Knowing what to do when an accident happens can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some common dental emergencies and what action should be taken when they occur:
Knocked Out Tooth
Hold on the tooth if you can and rinse it off with water. Do not scrub it, as that could remove any attached tissue fragments. Try to place the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If you can’t, place the tooth in between your cheek and gums, in a container of milk, or in a tooth preservation product such as Save-a-Tooth, which can be found in most stores that carry health supplies. Call your dentist in Newtown as soon as possible. For the best chance of saving the tooth, you’ll want the dentist to reattach your tooth to its socket within an hour of it being knocked out.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth as well as any pieces you can find with warm water. If you’re bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Put cold compresses on the face to keep swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as you can.
A toothache itself might not necessarily constitute an emergency. However, it can be a sign of some other condition that needs to be treated.
If you have an unexplained toothache, first rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently floss to see if a piece of food caught between the teeth is the source of the discomfort. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller on your aching tooth or gums as it may burn the gum tissue.
If the pain does not subside, contact your dentist right away. It could be a sign of something more serious such as an infection in the gums or tooth.
The main thing to remember in the event of an emergency is to alert your dentist as soon as possible. Dentists often keep time available during the day just in case. By seeking care immediately, you can reduce the chance of needing expensive care later!
About the Practice
The Dentists of Newtown is a team of thirteen on-staff doctors all with different specialities. We have seven dentists, two oral surgeons, two periodontists, an endodontist, and an orthodontist. No matter what your dental needs are, we have a member of the team who is happy and qualified to help you. We will work together to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. If you find yourself with a dental emergency, contact us here or call (215)-579-9900.