Emergency Dentistry – Granby, CT
Toothache or Dental Injury?
We’re Here to Help!
If you break a bone, have a deep cut, or experience another injury or sickness, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room for help immediately. However, when it comes to a dental emergency, emergency rooms rarely have the equipment or training to handle these problems. Instead, come to Salmon Brook Dental. In fact, you should save our number in your phone and give us a call as soon as the dental emergency occurs for the best possible results.
Why Choose Salmon Brook Dental Associates for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dental Insurance Accepted
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
- Open Late and on Some Saturdays
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Although panic or fear can set in when a dental emergency happens, try to stay calm. You don’t have to figure it out all by yourself. If you’re ever in a dental emergency, call our team. Not only will we be able to give you advice for your specific situation, but we can also schedule an appointment for you quickly, relieving your pain and returning your smile to full health. Until you come to our dental office, there are things you can do to increase your comfort or prepare for your visit.
Before calling us, make sure that food debris isn’t stuck between your teeth by flossing around the hurting tooth. If the ache continues, call us. To manage your discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and place a cold compress on your face. Keep in mind that if the pain is caused by tooth decay, a root canal may be needed.
Collect the pieces of the tooth and be sure to bring them to the appointment at our Granby dental office. If the tooth has sharp edges, you can put sugarless gum or dental wax on it to protect your lips or cheeks from getting cut. Although we will do our best to put your tooth back together and restore it, remember that we may need to remove the tooth if the damage is too extensive.
Time is especially important when a tooth comes out completely. Don’t touch the root, pick the tooth up by the crown, and store it in your mouth or a container of milk or saltwater. Be sure to come to our dental office within an hour for the best chance of re-implanting the natural tooth.
Lost Filling / Crown
Until you come into our dental office for a replacement restoration, rinse it off and put it back onto the tooth. You can use a dab of toothpaste or sugarless gum to keep it in place temporarily. Avoid chewing with that tooth, and try to keep the area clean in order to prevent decay or infection.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although some dental emergencies can happen even to those who are careful about their oral health, many dental emergencies can be avoided—if you take the right steps:
- Brush and floss gently every day.
- Visit Dr. Endres or Dr. Chawla every six months for a cleaning and checkup.
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.
- Avoid chomping on ice or chewing pens, popcorn kernels, or other hard objects.
- Get scissors or another appropriate tool to open packaging—do not use your teeth.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Sometimes, with certain types of medical conditions, you get better over time with rest and self-care. Unfortunately, dental problems don’t work that way at all. The longer you wait to seek professional help, the worse they become. It’s important to see us at Salmon Brook Dental as soon as possible to address the issue before it causes more damage or pain. If you are concerned about finances, we can work with you to make your treatment more easily fit within your budget.
Dental Emergency FAQs
It’s always better to be prepared in the event of a dental emergency. Even though you can’t possibly predict when one is going to happen, having the right information at your disposal can certainly make it easier to manage before you get to our office. Below, you’ll find a series of our most frequently asked questions for your convenience. Of course, feel free to reach out to us directly if you need additional guidance or are in need of treatment.
What should I do if my mouth won’t stop bleeding?
Start by cleaning the area with water. From there, you can apply a cold compress directly to the wound. This will work to reduce any swelling that is present. If the bleeding stops after applying pressure, come to our office. However, if the bleeding does not stop after performing the previous steps, you are likely better off visiting the emergency room in this instance. Once you have stabilized, you can come to our office for a more detailed examination.
Will my dental emergency get better over time?
In most cases, dental emergencies do not get better on their own. Unfortunately, dental emergencies are not like the common cold or minor abrasions, both of which tend to heal or go away after enough time. When a tooth is cracked or it hurts, it continues hurting or remaining damaged until it gets treated by a dentist. Remember, the sooner you get treated, the more likely your costs will be lower overall.
If my child knocks out a baby tooth, do we still need to come?
Yes. Unless it was very loose to begin with, baby teeth are not supposed to come out too early. If your child is experiencing a large amount of pain after the tooth comes out, that’s another sign that they need to see an emergency dentist right away. They may need to have a spacer placed in order to prevent the adult tooth from erupting too soon.
How can I safely remove objects from between teeth?
Under no circumstances should you be using a toothpick or other sharp objects to remove foreign materials from in between teeth. While we mentioned that you should slide floss from in between your teeth, you can also combine one half teaspoon of salt and one glass of warm water to create a saltwater mixture. Rinse your mouth out with this mixture to effectively loosen the material without using sharp objects.
What should I include in a dental emergency kit?
There are many items you can include that make addressing dental emergencies much easier overall. For example, you can include nitrile gloves (for those with latex allergies), small containers for teeth, salt, dental cement, painkillers, cotton balls, our office’s emergency phone number, dental filling material, antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide, oral swabs, floss, dental mirrors, dental wax, a cold compress, topical anesthetic and clove oil.