Learn what to do during a dental emergency from your West Hartford dentists.
Would you know what to do if you experienced a dental emergency? Dr. John Rosenlieb, Dr. Robert Alexander, Dr. Bruce Abel and Dr. Joe Parets, your West Hartford, CT, emergency dentists at Comprehensive Dental Care, explain how to handle several common types of dental emergencies.
Knocked Out Teeth
Prompt action is crucial if your tooth is knocked out. If you can find your tooth and receive emergency treatment within an hour, there's a good chance that it can be reimplanted in your jaw. As soon as you locate your tooth, rinse it with water to remove dirt and debris. The best place for a knocked out tooth is in its socket. Place it gently back in the socket if you can. If it no longer seems to fit, hold it in your mouth between your teeth and your gums, or place it a sealed container covered by your own saliva or some milk. Keeping the tooth moist until you can see your dentist is very important.
If your loose teeth has shifted out of position, don't chew on that side of your mouth or press on the tooth while you are on the way to your dental appointment.
Abscesses, infections in the pulp at the center of your tooth, are also dental emergencies. Abscesses can cause severe pain, facial or jaw swelling, and fever. Antibiotic treatment is necessary to prevent the infection from entering your bloodstream. You'll also need a root canal to save the tooth.
If you experience any of these emergencies, call the office immediately and we'll schedule an emergency appointment. Whether you have a dental emergency or need a checkup, we're here to help you keep your smile healthy. Call Dr. Rosenlieb, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Abel and Dr. Parets, your West Hartford, CT, emergency dentists at Comprehensive Dental Care, at (860) 233-7514 to schedule your appointment.