A dental emergency is any situation where a person’s teeth have been damaged due to an accident and/or they are in extreme dental pain. If you ever find yourself needing urgent dental care, it can be tough to know what to do. Fortunately, for the residents of South Windsor and the surrounding communities, there’s only one thing they need to do to get urgent, same-day dental care: call South Windsor Dental.
Dr. Sara Curcio and our team are experienced and equipped to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, and when you call in with one, we will try to see you as quickly as possible. When you’re in need of emergency dental care, always know that our practice is here to provide help right when you need it the most.
We can handle the following dental emergencies:
Before you get to our office, there are steps you can take to make a dental emergency more manageable. First, if there is bleeding, that must be stopped. Use a clean dry gauze pad or soft cloth and apply gentle pressure to the injured site. Bleeding should slow or stop within 10 minutes. If there is still significant bleeding, then head to the nearest emergency room. Secondly, if the emergency involves an avulsed—knocked out—tooth, don’t panic. Dr. Curcio may be able to save the tooth if you are seen soon after the injury happens. If the tooth is retrievable, touch only the crown and not the root where tissue may still be attached. Carefully rinse the tooth in water. If not too painful, the best place to hold the tooth is back in its natural socket. Bite down gently. Otherwise the tooth can be stored in a sealed container filled with milk while you drive to our office.
For a dislodged tooth, the most important thing to remember is don’t use force to push the tooth back into position. This may cause further damage to the tooth, your gums and even the supporting bone. Call our office immediately, so we know you’re on the way. Depending on the severity of the injury, a broken or cracked tooth may or may not be an emergency. However, you should not make that decision on your own! Please contact the emergency dentist in South Windsor to make that determination and recommend the best treatment option for your circumstance. A chipped tooth is usually not an emergency, but we understand your desire to have the tooth restored as quickly as possible. Call our office and the office staff will be able to schedule an appointment soon. For an object stuck between two teeth, trying flossing. That may be all you need to remove it. Never use a sharp instrument as a dental tool! If flossing doesn’t work, call the office to schedule an appointment.
Dental emergencies are often sudden and overwhelming, so many people are left unprepared for them. Thankfully, having as many answers as possible ahead of time can help you stay calm and collected in the midst of these scary situations. Below, you’ll find some of the most common questions we get about dental emergencies. If you or a loved one needs urgent dental care, don’t hesitate to contact South Windsor Dental, where we provide fast care for hurting smiles.
Not all dental emergencies are as easy to identify as a knocked-out or broken tooth. Damaged teeth and intense pain are two clear indicators that you should visit us right away. However, any time you develop new, unusual, or concerning dental symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll assess your situation over the phone and help you determine whether you’re experiencing a dental emergency or not. After scheduling your appointment accordingly, we’ll walk you through some personalized first aid tips to use until you can reach our office.
While any dental pain should be looked at by your dentist in a timely manner, some severe toothaches indicate a much larger issue that needs immediate attention. Call us if your toothache is accompanied by:
Just because your toothache suddenly goes away doesn’t mean that the problem has resolved itself. In fact, it likely means that it’s gotten worse! A tooth may go numb if its nerve is damaged or infected by bacteria. If left untreated, the tooth could potentially fall out and the issues can spread to nearby healthy teeth. Come see us right away even if your toothache has suddenly gone away.
While baby teeth are meant to come out at some point, you should call us if your little one suddenly knocks one out unexpectedly. If the tooth was close to falling out on its own, we may not have to do anything. However, if it was knocked out prematurely, we may need to place a space saver to prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting into the gap and trapping the permanent tooth underneath.
Yes, over-the-counter pain relievers can temporarily help manage your discomfort. However, it’s essential to remember that painkillers alone won’t be enough to treat your dental emergency! You still need to come see us right away. If you are experiencing bleeding, avoid taking medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. These products thin blood, and can end up causing extra bleeding.
In almost every instance, you’ll save time, money, and discomfort when you bring your dental emergency to your trusted South Windsor emergency dentist instead of heading straight to the emergency room. However, there are certain times when you should choose to visit your local ER first, including: