Dental emergencies rarely get better on their own, which means the longer you wait to get a serious dental issue treated, the worse it will likely become. At Webster Dental Associates, we do everything we can to see you as soon as possible so you can get out of discomfort and manage a dental emergency effectively. If you’re experiencing a toothache, broken or knocked-out tooth, or other dental-related emergency, call us today so Dr. Golparvar can see you for emergency dentistry in Manchester, NH!
Dental emergencies have a tendency to fall into two categories. This includes long-term issues that result in dental discomfort (i.e. toothaches caused by decay or infection) and physical trauma sustained from a bad fall or sport-related injury (i.e. a cracked, dislodged or knocked-out tooth.) Regardless of the cause of your urgent dental issue, we ask that you call our dental office right away to schedule an appointment and get helpful advice from our team. Until you arrive, here’s what you can do to improve your situation.
Use dental floss to try and dislodge food debris that may be stuck from in between your teeth. If discomfort continues, rinse your mouth out with warm water and try again. If pain persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to reduce discomfort and get to our dental office as soon as you can.
Collect any missing pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. Until you do, use a cold compress to reduce any facial swelling you experience. Apply the compress directly to your cheek in 10-minute intervals, removing and reapplying for up to one hour. You can also take an over-the-counter medication to reduce any discomfort. If the tooth is sharp or jagged, you can cover it with dental wax to protect your oral tissue.
Locate the tooth as soon as you can and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue that is still attached to the tooth. After gently rinsing it of any dirt or debris with warm water, try to place it back into your open socket to keep it preserved. If this is not possible, you can also place the tooth into a container of milk, saltwater, or saliva for up to one hour. Get to our dental office as soon as you can to get it reimplanted.
If you still have the restoration, you can attempt to reattach it to the damaged tooth to keep it protected. This can be done using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum as a last resort. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get a new crown placed. Most fillings need to be replaced outright once they come loose.
While dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it, there are ways to reduce your risk. For example, you can:
Every dental emergency is going to have its own unique cost depending on the severity of the issue. For example, if you only have a minor toothache caused by a small cavity, a cleaning and dental filling may be all you need to treat your emergency. However, if there is an oral infection present, you will likely need root canal therapy and a dental crown to cover the tooth once treatment is complete. Either way, the last thing you should do is put off care solely because of cost because Dr. Golparvar and his team will do everything they can to create a reasonable treatment plan that’s within your budget.