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Find out whether the dental issues you are dealing with require immediate medical attention.
From getting hit in the face while playing sports to a loose orthodontic wire, there are many scenarios that may leave you wondering, “Do I need to see a dentist?” It’s important to know when you are dealing with a true dental emergency so that you can turn to our West Hartford, CT, dentists right away. Here are the most common dental emergencies and how to best handle these issues.
This is one of the most common dental emergencies and unfortunately one that many people don’t treat until it’s too late. A toothache can be caused by a variety of things but the most common cause is a cavity. If a cavity isn’t treated the decay will continue to spread until it breaks through the hard enamel and dentin layers and infects the inside of the tooth (known as the dental pulp).
Once decay has entered the inside of the tooth root canal therapy is necessary to treat the problem. If you are dealing with a toothache the best thing you can do is call our West Hartford, CT, general dentist to make an immediate appointment.
This is a common sports-related injury and while a knocked-out tooth can be scary, if you act quickly and see your dentist right away the tooth can be placed back in the socket and saved. Of course, this requires treating the issue immediately. Don’t even give us a call; just come right into our office. Place the tooth between the cheek and the gums to keep it moist, or place it in a container of milk. If treated within one hour of the injury the natural tooth has the best chances of being preserved.
If you cracked or broke a tooth this is another reason to see your dentist immediately. Make sure to save any broken pieces of the tooth. Rinse your mouth out with warm water to remove any debris. If you notice any facial swelling or pain around the area, apply a cold compress to that side of the face. Bring any pieces of the tooth into the office. If the piece is large enough we may be able to bond it back on; however, if the damage is severe we may need to place a dental crown over the tooth to preserve it.
Don’t ignore a dental emergency. If you or your child is dealing with any of the issues above it’s important that you drop what you’re doing and call our West Hartford, CT, dental practice. Here at Comprehensive Dental Care we pride ourselves on providing patients of all ages with the immediate care they need when accidents happen.
If you experience a dental emergency, it is important that you see an emergency dentist immediately. By treating the problem right away, the dentist can prevent further damage from occurring. Examples of a dental emergency include developing a severe persistent toothache or having a tooth knocked out. In the case of a tooth being knocked out, seeking immediate dental treatment can potentially spare your tooth. The dentists at Comprehensive Dental Care are your emergency dentists in West Hartford, CT.
Types of Dental Emergencies
There are several different types of dental emergencies. Some situations require immediate attention. In these situations, if a West Hartford emergency dentist is not available, then it is best to visit the nearest hospital emergency room. For other, less urgent dental situations, it is possible to wait one or two days to see the dentist if you cannot make it into the office right away. Emergency dental situations requiring immediate attention include:
- Having a permanent tooth knocked out or come loose
- A severe and persistent toothache
- An injury to the jaw
- Painful swelling in or around the mouth
Other dental issues that occur do not necessarily require immediate medical or dental attention, but it is still important to see a dentist within a few days. Less urgent dental concerns can become more serious if left untreated. Dental situations that can wait a few days if you are not immediately able to see an emergency dentist include:
- Minor toothaches
- A cracked or chipped tooth that is not painful
- Losing a crown, bridge, or filling
- Breaking a retainer or a night guard
- Getting food particles stuck between teeth
When you experience a dental emergency you should see a dentist right away. For other, less urgent dental situations, be sure to see a dentist within a few days. To be seen by a West Hartford emergency dentist, call Comprehensive Dental Care at (860) 233-7514.
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
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.