I'm Having a Dental Emergency! What Should I Do?
Dental emergencies are inconvenient and can feel scary, especially if there is blood or a knocked out tooth involved. Your first instinct may be to panic, but you can rest assured that, with the right team on your side, dental emergencies in Duxbury, MA will be handled promptly with your comfort in mind.
When you know what to do in an emergency, it can also help to alleviate your stress. Here are some helpful tips for handling common dental emergencies until you can get to your dentist.
Contact Your Dentist First
While it may seem like a good idea to head to an emergency room, in the case of a dental emergency you should always contact your dentist first. Hospitals are not adequately equipped to handle emergencies with teeth, and it will save you time, money, and stress to bypass the ER and head straight to your dentist.
Helpful Dental Emergency Tips
- A broken tooth: Bring as many pieces of your broken tooth to your dentist as you can. Dental bonding, a veneer, or dental crown may be recommended to restore your tooth.
- A knocked out tooth: Teeth that have been avulsed, or knocked out have only a short window of time to be preserved, so contact your emergency dentist in Duxbury right away. Be careful transporting your tooth and try not to handle it too much. Use milk to carry it safely and keep it moist, or better yet, replace it into its socket if possible.
- A toothache: If you are experiencing a toothache that is severe and persistent, don't wait to contact your dentist. It's likely that your tooth is infected, and a dental infection left untreated can progress to other teeth and critical areas of your body including your brain.
- A lost dental restoration: If you have an old filling or crown that breaks or falls out, your tooth will need to be repaired to protect it. Even if it's not feeling sensitive, it's important to contact your dentist to have it restored to full function and health.
Contact Dr. Scardella and your team at the Center For Progressive Dentistry right away if you are experiencing dental pain or an emergency.