The temptation to panic when you lose a tooth can be very strong, but it’s essential that you keep your head and call our Trumbull dental office immediately. Dr. Cappello has made it a point to continue his education after graduation so that he’s always prepared to treat a wide variety of oral health issues. The rest of our team will always go above and beyond to make time for you as soon as possible during an emergency, and we’ll do everything we can to help you control your pain until you can be properly treated with emergency dentistry in Trumbull, CT.
The first step for any dental emergency is to take stock of the situation, then call your dentist as soon as possible. A same-day appointment is generally ideal. When you talk to our staff over the phone, describe your symptoms as clearly as possible so that we can give you useful advice for taking care of your mouth until your appointment time. A few common emergencies are listed below along with some basic first-aid tips.
If a toothache has become severe or has lasted more than a couple of days, it should be considered an emergency. Rinse your mouth and floss around the tooth to remove any debris that might be trapped between the teeth. Take ibuprofen or another type of painkiller if you need to.
If you notice bleeding, press on the wound with medical gauze until it stops. Next, rinse your mouth with warm water, and apply a cold compress to any area where swelling has occurred. If a piece of the tooth has broken off entirely, try to preserve it and bring it with you to your appointment.
Pick the tooth up by the crown. Rinse it gently with water; do not use soap, and do not scrub it. Try to put the tooth back in its socket. Otherwise, you can store it in your cheeks or in a bag of milk. Get to our dental office in less than an hour if you can; a replantation can only be done if we act quickly.
A crown can be reattached to the tooth using a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. That should hold it in place until it can be attached to the tooth professionally. In the event that the tooth is left exposed, you can reduce sensitivity by applying clove oil to the area.
You’ll always be at some risk for a dental emergency, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take the initiative in keeping your teeth safe. Keep up a healthy oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. To lower the risk of fracturing your teeth, avoid chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, pen tips, fingernails, and other hard objects. Also, if you play sports of any kind, always wear a mouthguard on the field.
The cost of a dental emergency depends on the kind of treatment you need and the severity of the problem. Patients with toothaches might need root canal therapy while a damaged tooth might need to be restored with a crown or extracted altogether; each of these procedures carries a different price. We’ll make sure that you have a firm grasp of the costs involved while also ensuring that your treatment is as affordable as possible.