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Emergency Dentist – Glastonbury, CT

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Why Choose Glastonbury Dental Associates for Emergency Dentistry?

  • New and Existing Patients Welcome
  • Decades of Professional Experience
  • Always Available for Emergencies or Issues

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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When a dental emergency occurs, always give our dental office a call first. This allows you to schedule an emergency appointment with our dental office, ideally for the same day. Before you arrive for your appointment, you’ll still need to properly manage your situation. Below, you’ll find useful information for multiple emergencies our dental office typically sees. Doing so can dramatically improve your situation and in some cases even save your tooth, so take a moment to review them!

Toothaches

Use dental flow to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. To reduce discomfort, take either ibuprofen or naproxen. Just make sure to avoid aspirin as this can trigger a burning sensation if it comes into contact with your tooth. A toothache can be caused by tooth decay or oral infection, meaning either a dental filling or antibiotics will be needed.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If the tooth has been minimally chipped and no pain is present, you can wait until normal business hours to have it treated. If the tooth is cracked and it extends below the gum line, get to our dental office as soon as possible. If the tooth is sharp, apply sugarless chewing gum or wax paraffin to protect your lips, tongue and inner cheek. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling, removing and reapplying in 20-minute intervals. Dental bonding may be able to fix the tooth, but a crown is necessary for more extensive damage.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Stay calm as you look for the tooth. Pick it up by the crown portion only, making sure to avoid any tissue still attached to the root. Typically, a tooth can only be re-implanted if you get to our dental office within the hour, so contact our dental office right away to get scheduled. After gently rinsing the tooth and your mouth out with water, attempt to place it back into your socket. If this is not possible, place it in a container of milk or saltwater to keep the tooth moist and preserved. Avoid using plain water and only use saliva as a last resort. If the tooth cannot be saved, an implant or bridge will be needed.

Lost Filling/Crown

If your natural tooth is exposed to the air and temperature, it can make it feel quite sensitive or even painful. To reduce this discomfort, try to place the crown back onto the tooth using dental cement or denture adhesive. Both of these can be found at a local pharmacy. If the restoration is too damaged, a replacement will be made.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Preventing a dental emergency starts with practicing daily oral care and attending regular visits to our dental office. Committing to these habits can prevent a majority of dental emergencies, but depending on your habits you may need additional protection. For example, those who play contact sports or have bruxism need to wear mouthguards and nightguards to avoid damaged teeth. With these points in mind, you can avoid cracked or damaged teeth via forced trauma as well as most tooth decay and oral infections.

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Watch What You Eat

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Sugary foods and drinks are not only detrimental for your general health, but they can wreak havoc on your smile. Your mouth is home to an abundance of bacteria. When you eat or drink lots of sugar, some of these bacteria feed on the sugar particles on your teeth. Then they produce an acidic waste that inflames your gums (causing gum disease) and erodes your tooth enamel (causing cavities). To prevent these bacteria from damaging your smile, swap out sugary snacks and beverages with healthier alternatives, like water and fresh produce.

Protect Your Pearly Whites

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If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve already heard that you should wear a mouthguard to shield your teeth from injury. Similarly, you should wear a nightguard if you habitually grind your teeth at night, which is called bruxism. We can provide you with a custom-made guard that fits more comfortably and provides more protection than store-bought options.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

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Taking a few minutes to brush and floss daily can go a long way in preventing a buildup of plaque and bacteria that can lead to painful decay and infections. Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening.

Keep Up with Your Dental Checkups & Cleanings

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Brushing and flossing at home is only half the battle in keeping your teeth clean enough to avoid dental emergencies. You should also visit us at least twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning. These appointments give our dentists the opportunity to examine your mouth. If they find any early warning signs of possible emergencies, they can take care of them while treatment is still simple and inexpensive.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Depending on the type and severity of your emergency, your treatment may be far simpler than you’d think. For example, some dental emergencies only require a single prescription, while others require more complex restorative work like root canal therapy and a crown. However, the best way to confirm the cost is by getting to our dental office. This will also ensure that your dental issue gets handled properly and that you avoid future complications.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Do you have more questions about dental emergencies? At Glastonbury Dental Associates, we strive to provide all our patients with relevant, easy-to-understand information. That is why we have collected some of the most common questions we encounter regarding dental emergencies and answered them below. If you still have doubts or concerns after reading this FAQ section, please do not hesitate to give us a call!

Should I Go to the Emergency Room Instead a Dentist?

Local emergency rooms are not always equipped with the right tools or have personnel with the specialized knowledge needed to treat dental trauma. For this reason, we recommend calling an emergency dentist first if you suffer a serious injury to your teeth or mouth.

At Glastonbury Dental Associates, we are always prepared to respond quickly and accurately to dental emergency phone calls. One of our expert dentists will carefully listen to the details of your situation and advise you on whether you need immediate dental care or if you should instead seek medical attention.

Are Cuts Inside My Mouth Considered a Dental Emergency?

Small cuts to the mouth can produce a lot of blood and therefore seem quite serious when they happen. However, not every cut is a dental emergency that requires immediate professional care.

If you suffer a nasty laceration to your lips, tongue, gums or inner cheeks, first clean the affected area with warm water.

Next, call an emergency dentist and describe the injury. Your dentist will advise you whether you should visit his or her office, seek emergency medical care, or take additional steps at home to reduce the pain.

How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Unfortunately, many accidents and injuries that result in dental trauma are unpredictable and just cannot be prevented. However, there are some precautionary measures every person can take to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a dental emergency.

Here are 4 simple tips that can help prevent a dental emergency:

  1. Wear a Mouth Guard – Always wear a protective mouth guard when playing contact sports such as football, basketball, or hockey.
  2. Avoid Chewing Hard Foods – Hard candies, popcorn kernels, and even ice can all crack your teeth.
  3. Do Not Use Your Teeth as a Tool – Never try to tear open a bag of chips or other packaging with your teeth. If you cannot open a package with your hands, grab a pair of scissors instead.
  4. Visit a Dentist Every Six Months – Regularly visiting the dentist for an exam and professional cleaning is key to preventing oral infections and other dental problems from developing.

What Is a Dental Emergency First Aid Kit?

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them – including when you are on the go! That is why we recommend preparing a small first aid kit specifically designed to help you respond to unexpected dental trauma outside the home. This first aid kit can be kept in your desk at the office, in the glove compartment of your car or even in your purse.

Here is a list of what you should include in your dental emergency first aid kit:

  • Small container with a secure lid (to hold a knocked out tooth)
  • Small bottle of acetaminophen
  • Gauze
  • Handkerchief
  • Piece of paper with the contact information for an emergency dentist in Glastonbury