Emergency Dentistry – Bloomfield, CT
Fast Relief for Your Pain
Dental emergencies can be frightening and stressful. Adding to that stress, many dental emergencies require immediate attention for optimal care. At Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield, we know that emergencies do not always happen during our dental office hours. That is why we are here 24/7 to help you through any dental disaster. Next time you have a broken, chipped, or knocked out tooth, abscess, soft tissue injury, broken jaw, or other dental emergency, call to reach one of our experienced dental practitioners for emergency dentistry in Bloomfield, CT.
Why Choose Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield for Emergency Dentistry?
- Available 24/7
- Compassionate Care
- Sedation Dentistry Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
One of the first things you should do when you experience a dental emergency is give us a call. However, even before you get to our dental office for your emergency appointment, there might be some things you can do to manage the situation. Below are some simple strategies to assist you in dealing with a dental emergency.
When you experience a toothache, try rinsing your mouth with warm water and inspect your teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the discomfort. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly on the affected area, because this can cause damage to the gums. When you get to our dental office, we might perform root canal therapy to relieve your pain and save your tooth.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately. We will repair the tooth if possible, but an extraction may be necessary.
Find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (its top portion). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you cannot return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it might be possible to save the tooth.
You can use sugar-free chewing gum or dental wax to cover any jagged edges in your mouth and provide a bit of protection for your vulnerable tooth. It might even be possible for you to temporarily reattach a crown so your tooth is not completely exposed while you are waiting for your emergency dental appointment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Here are some tips to help you reduce your chances of facing a dental emergency:
- Always maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine
- Visit us at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup
- Schedule an appointment at the first sign of a dental problem; do not want until your pain is severe
- Always wear a mouthguard when you play sports
- Do not chew on hard objects, like ice or your fingernails
- Do not use your teeth to open packages
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of treating your dental emergency will depend on the nature of the problem. If all you need is a prescription for antibiotics, you will likely pay much less than if you require root canal therapy or another complex procedure. We will be upfront with you about pricing, and our team will help you explore payment options, such as insurance and financing. Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from getting the care you need; delays will only make the problem worse — and most costly to treat.
Root Canal Therapy
Innovations in dentistry continue to increase the likelihood that patients will be able to keep their natural teeth for life. Dental offices are dedicated to restoring teeth whenever possible and view extraction as a last resort. Advances in root canal therapy make it possible for more people every year to keep teeth that have extensive damage to the inner, soft tooth layers. While root canal therapy is often thought of negatively, the procedure can actually greatly reduce the amount of pain you experience!
Endodontics is a specialized area of dental care that focuses on understanding the tooth from the inside out. A major portion of endodontic study revolves around root canal therapy. If you have ever needed a root canal, you probably remember experiencing pain prior to the procedure. Within the roots of your tooth, there are canals that surround pulp and bundles of nerves. Root canals cause are necessary when infection reaches the nerves that are usually protected within your tooth.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure to remove the soft interior of a tooth, including its pulp and nerves. A root canal becomes necessary when tooth decay or infection has spread to the interior of the tooth. Your dentist fills the cavity with gutta percha, a natural polymer (plastic) that provides support for your tooth the same way that the pulp does. Finally, a resin substance bonds to the tooth to restore any damage on the surface caused by decay or created during the root canal procedure.
We aim to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some cases, however, one or more teeth must be removed. This may be true if a tooth is extremely damaged, the wisdom teeth are threatening a patient’s oral health, or we must make room for orthodontic treatment. When we must perform an extraction, we do so as gently as possible. Local anesthesia and sedation can ensure you are comfortable while we work.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Even the most dedicated dentist will likely encourage the extraction of your third molars. These teeth served a purpose to our ancient ancestors who were much harder on their teeth. After some 20 years of chewing coarse grains, eating tough meats, cracking nuts between their teeth, and never brushing or flossing, our human predecessors lost many of their molars by the time their third molars appeared. For nearly 400 years, these teeth have been affectionately referred to as teeth of wisdom or wisdom teeth because they appear as people enter adulthood.
So why do dentists almost always recommend extraction of wisdom teeth? In short, because we do not need them — and many patients’ mouths are too small to properly accommodate them. Because most patients retain their molars, the third set can create bite alignment concerns as they emerge. Lack of space can cause the wisdom teeth to become impacted (stuck beneath the gumline). Impaction can also be caused by the angle of the teeth, especially if the wisdom teeth are growing horizontally toward your other teeth. Unremoved wisdom teeth can cause crowding, gum problems, and serious levels of pain.
It may come as no surprise that every person’s smile is unique, and this includes their third molars. Some patients have only one wisdom tooth, and up to six have been reported by dental researchers. Unless you have extra space in your bite, or your wisdom teeth never surface and do not cause pain, you should probably have them removed as soon as they erupt — regardless of how many wisdom teeth you have.
Wisdom tooth extraction ranges from a simple procedure to surgical removal. A fully erupted tooth is not anchored as firmly in the jawbone and can be extracted or “pulled.” However, when wisdom teeth are impacted in the jaw, this can require surgical removal, which is more involved and requires an increased amount of healing time. Wisdom tooth extraction in adults is usually much more difficult because the roots are full grown and the jawbone is denser.
As soon as you notice wisdom teeth erupting or begin to experience pain from these teeth, schedule an appointment with Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield. Our knowledgeable dentists will examine your teeth and develop a wisdom tooth care or extraction plan that is right for you.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
As an emergency dentist in Bloomfield, we are ready to help you with all your urgent oral healthcare needs. Before you save our number in your phone, though, you might want to learn more about emergency dentistry and how to handle various situations. That is why we have put together the following list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers. If you do not see the information you were looking for, we invite you to call us directly. We look forward to speaking with you!
Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?
Teeth cannot heal themselves, so it is unlikely that your toothache will go away without treatment. If it does go away, it might be because the problem was in the area around a tooth rather than in the tooth itself. This can happen if there is gum damage or swollen sinuses. Another reason why a toothache might go away is much more concerning. Your pain might stop if an infection kills the nerve inside the tooth. However, the infection will continue to spread and may cause significant damage to your jawbone. It might even cause you to become seriously ill. Really, any type of toothache calls for immediate attention from a qualified dentist.
Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?
Hospital staff members usually do not have the training or equipment required to address a dental emergency in Bloomfield. They might be able to give you some pain relievers or antibiotics, but they cannot address the root cause of the problem. It is usually much better to visit a dentist first for any oral health problem. However, there are exceptions to the rule. If you have a broken jaw, uncontrolled bleeding, a high fever, or any other life-threatening symptoms, you should get to the ER as fast as possible.
My Chipped Tooth Does Not Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?
Yes, it is always advisable to visit a dentist for a chipped tooth, even if you are not in pain. We will examine the tooth to determine if the damage has affected its inner layers. You might need root canal therapy. Even if root canal therapy is not necessary, your tooth is still vulnerable to further damage, and its sharp edges can irritate the nearby soft tissues. It is generally best not to wait for more than a few days before letting a dentist take a look at a chipped tooth.
What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?
The following items can do much to help you handle dental emergencies in a way that minimizes your pain and protects your oral health:
- A small storage container with a lid (for teeth or restorations)
- Sterile gloves
- Gauze pads/dressing
- Cotton balls
- Pain relievers (ibuprofen works well)
- Temporary denture cement (or a similar product)
- Orthodontic wax (if you have braces)
- A topical anesthetic
- An ice pack
- Your dental practice’s contact information
- Your dental insurance information