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Emergency Dentist — Glastonbury, CT

High-Quality Dental Care When You Need It Most

Why Choose Glastonbury Dental Associates for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
  • Decades of Professional Experience
  • Insurance-Friendly Dental Practice

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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  • Contact us right away. As soon as you get in touch with our office, we’ll work quickly to get you scheduled for a same-day appointment. We’ll provide you with first-aid instructions over the phone to help you handle your situation while you wait to see us.
  • Visit our dental team for an emergency exam. One of our dentists will see you as soon as possible to assess your condition.
  • Get the care you need. We work diligently to get emergencies under control. Our team will recommend a treatment (i.e., dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, extraction) to best address your symptoms and prevent your issue from worsening.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

When a dental emergency occurs, you should 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!

Understanding the Cost of 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 may only require a single prescription, while others need more complex restorative work like root canal therapy and a crown. However, the best way to confirm the cost is by visiting our dental office for an exam. This will also ensure that your dental issue gets handled properly and that you avoid future complications.

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. While committing to these habits can prevent a majority of dental emergencies, you may still 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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Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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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 allow our dentists to thoroughly 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.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home

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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.

Be Careful with Your Diet

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Sugary foods and drinks are not only detrimental to 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.

Wear a Mouthguard

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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.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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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!

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Should I Go to the Emergency Room Instead of 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.

What Is in 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)
  • A small bottle of acetaminophen
  • Gauze
  • Handkerchief
  • Piece of paper with the contact information for an emergency dentist in Glastonbury