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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Hamden, CT

Take Fast Action to Protect Your Teeth

A dental emergency can be a frightening and painful situation. However, it is important that you not let your circumstances cause you to panic. Keep your cool and take prompt action. Of course, you should call us as soon as possible to get personalized help to deal with your problem. If necessary, we will schedule you for an emergency appointment, possibly on the same day that you contact us. You may also find it beneficial to apply the following advice on how to manage some various common dental emergencies. Your fast action will lower your pain level and minimize the damage to your oral health.

Something Stuck Between the Teeth

First aid kit to handle common dental emergencies in Hamden

If you have a bit of food, or another type of object, that is stubbornly lodged between your teeth, tie a knot in some waxed dental floss. Insert the floss between your teeth and move it back and forth, trying to dislodge the food or other object with the knot. It might help to rinse with warm saltwater beforehand to soothe your sore mouth and perhaps loosen the offending item. If you cannot dislodge the object with floss, do not resort to using a knife or other sharp object to try to poke it out. In doing so, you could inadvertently harm your teeth or gums. Instead, visit us for professional help.

Extruded Tooth

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An extruded tooth is one that has been partially knocked out of its socket. This is a serious situation that requires prompt dental care. The sooner you get to our office, the more likely it is that we can help the tooth to firmly reattach to your jaw and spare you from the need for an extraction. Before your emergency appointment, you can try to gently push the tooth back into place. Over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help you to manage any discomfort. A cold compress may reduce swelling. Do not use the tooth to chew anything; that could irritate your gums and further dislodge the tooth.


Hand holding two painkillers to help manage dental pain

An abscess is a pocket of pus that occurs due to an advanced infection. Abscesses usually form near a tooth’s root in in the spaces between the teeth. Left untreated, such an infection can lead to severe oral pain and significant damage to the teeth and gums. It could even result in tooth loss. If the infection spreads beyond your mouth, it could cause systemic illness. Rinsing with warm saltwater may help to manage any swelling and pain prior to your emergency appointment. You can also take over the counter painkillers.

Soft Tissue Injury

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If the bleeding is severe, or you have broken facial bones along with a soft tissue injury, you should head to the local emergency room. The medical professionals there will provide initial treatment. Then, you can visit us later for follow-up care. If the situation is less urgent, you can rinse with saltwater. Then, place some sugar-free gum over the wound and hold it there for 15-20 minutes to help stem the bleeding.

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