By nature, dental emergencies tend to be sudden, scary, and completely unexpected. If you or a loved one is experiencing a severe dental injury or pain, it’s important to stay calm. Time is often of the essence in these situations, so don’t wait – pick up the phone and reach out to our team right away to schedule an emergency appointment! Dr. Brad Heim and Dr. John Carroll will do whatever they can to accommodate your case as soon as possible, and we provide support and guidance over the phone as well before visiting us for emergency dentistry in Glastonbury, CT.
By nature, dental emergencies tend to be unexpected. If you or a loved one is experiencing a severe dental injury or pain, it’s important to stay calm. Time is often of the essence in these situations, so don’t wait – pick up the phone and reach out to our team right away to schedule an emergency appointment! Dr. Brad Heim and Dr. John Carroll will do whatever they can to accommodate you as soon as possible. We will provide support and guidance over the phone before visiting us for emergency dental care in Glastonbury, CT. We have included some helpful tips and information on how to handle the most common dental emergency situations.
Toothaches are often a sign of infections that involve the pulp within the inner chamber of your tooth. To help with the pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication. You can also place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. Sometimes applying an over the counter benzocaine gel on the tooth will help as well.
If you’re able to find and retrieve the broken-off portion of your tooth, be sure to do that! Store it in a sealable container and bring it to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged edge, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum on the area to prevent it from rubbing or irritating the inside of your cheek or lip.
Time is of the essence, so try to retrieve your tooth as quickly as possible, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface. To keep it viable, store it in a glass of milk or moist gauze and bring it to your appointment.
If you’re able to find your restoration, pick it up and rinse it off. You can temporarily place it back on your tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. To prevent swallowing or inhaling the crown leave it out of your mouth while chewing or sleeping. Keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution and you should call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Although it’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies from happening, there are some ways that you can greatly reduce your risk of experiencing one. Some of these include:
Based on our findings during your examination, we’ll diagnose the underlying oral health problem that you face and develop a treatment plan that will determine the cost of your visit. Depending on the damage your smile has sustained, your treatment could be as minor as a cavity filling or as serious as a tooth extraction, and we’ll be sure to walk you through all of your options and outline the pricing for each in detail. That way, you don’t feel left in the dark.