Shapiro Family Dental
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Wethersfield, CT
Severe mouth pain, knocked-out teeth, or an abscessed tooth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. The team at Shapiro Family Dental in Wethersfield, Connecticut, is ready to serve the emergency dental needs of you and your entire family. If you have a dental emergency, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Making it to Shapiro Family Dental within 30 minutes of your tooth or mouth injury could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Is it time to call an emergency dentist?
Whenever you’re concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care at Shapiro Family Dental.
Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Intense tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your gums, cheeks, or tongue
- Trauma to your face or mouth
- Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A badly fractured or cracked tooth
- A tear or laceration on your lips
If a tooth is slightly chipped and doesn't hurt, though, you might not be dealing with a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling the experienced dentists at Shapiro Family Dental. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.
What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. If you don’t receive immediate dental care, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Do your best to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Shapiro Family Dental. Call the office right away, or have someone call for you who can explain the situation.
What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office.
When you're facing a dental emergency, call or come into Shapiro Family Dental for expert assistance.