Dental emergencies rarely happen at a convenient time and can be quite painful. Often, treatment is needed quickly to make sure the affected tooth or area has the best possible chance for a successful outcome and doesn’t get worse without treatment or seriously jeopardize health.
While some teeth are damaged from trauma, such as biting down on hard objects or grinding, other emergency situations can arise where fillings, crowns, or other restorations are either damaged or fall out. In the case of serve pain or emergency, don’t wait – call Hospital Dental Group anytime, so you can be treated as soon as possible. We are only a toll-free call away 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:
Avulsed Tooth (Tooth Knocked Out)
Contact us immediately if a tooth has been knocked cleanly out of the mouth because tissue, nerves and blood vessels get damaged. In some cases, if the tooth can be put back in the mouth within an hour, there is a higher possibility that the surrounding tissue will grow and support the tooth again. If there is serious damage, a root canal procedure may become necessary.
Suggested steps if a tooth has been knocked out:
- Call our emergency number right away at (860) 930-9581
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and DO NOT touch the root.
- Rinse it with warm water and gently place it back in its socket, if possible. If not, tuck it into the cheek. If it cannot be placed back in the mouth, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva. Place the tooth in a cup of water only as a last resort. Do not let the tooth dry out.
- Get to our office as safely and swiftly as possible.
Lost Filling or Crown
In many cases, crowns or fillings become lose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may become extremely sensitive to hot or cold, and pressure. When a crown becomes loose or falls out, it is usually due to the decaying of the tooth beneath it. If a crown does fall out, call for an appointment right away. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place so it can be re-inserted (if possible). However, if the crown has been out of the mouth for a long time (weeks or months), chances are teeth may have shifted or incurred additional damage. Then, a new crown may have to be made in its place.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Although strong and resilient, teeth can sometimes crack, fracture or break. A fractured or broken tooth is not always painful, but if the crack goes down into the root the pain can be extreme. Most cracks and breaks occur from biting and grinding. Don’t wait for pain to appear… make an appointment as soon as possible. Apply gauze to the area if there is bleeding. Minimize swelling or pain by applying a cold pack on the cheek.
There is still chance to save a tooth even if it is loose or displaced by trauma or decay, especially if it is still in the mouth and attached to the surrounding tissue, nerves and blood vessels. It is vital to call and make an appointment as soon as possible. We may be able to stabilize the tooth and avoid any restorative treatment like root canal therapy.
To make a regularly scheduled appointment, please click here or contact our office at (860) 524-5194. Same-day or next-day appointments will be given based upon availability.
Emergency appointments can be made at anytime by calling (860) 351-7638. The dentist on call will be contacted immediately.