December 3, 2016
When you’re in pain, you want the problem solved quickly. Drs. Herr, Luccio and Kerr of Columbian Square Dental render compassionate response to pressing oral health situations. The doctors and their professional staff give advice to stabilize your condition and also a same-day appointment as needed.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency occurs when a tooth, soft oral tissue or bone of the face is bleeding, broken or in pain. Examples of emergencies include abscess, or infection, a fractured tooth or deep laceration of the lips, tongue, cheeks or gums.
What should you do if you have one of these problems? First, contact Columbian Square Dental for immediate advice to stabilize your condition. When necessary, the staff will fit you into the doctor’s schedule right away.
To be prepared to handle a dental emergency, here is first aid information from your dentists in Weymouth.
- Toothache Call the office for an appointment at the first sign of pain. To relieve pain and swelling, place a cold compress on the affected area (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off). Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for discomfort. Dental sensitivity (to temperature extremes or pressure) or throbbing toothache often signal deep decay and infection, affecting the nerves in the inner pulp. Extraction is the last resort as the dentist may be able to treat a toothache with a filling or root canal therapy, preserving an ailing tooth indefinitely.
- Avulsed tooth If a blow to the face causes you to lose a tooth, save it, rinse it with water and place it back in the tooth socket. Get to Columbian Square Dental right away because research shows an avulsed tooth can survive if reimplanted within one hour of injury. If you cannot replace the tooth, put it in a sealed container with milk, water, saliva or an over the counter tooth preservative. Bring it to the dental office.
- Abscess A dental infection can be dangerous, exhibiting intense pain, swelling, fever, bad breath and bad-smelling drainage. Get an appointment with Dr. Herr, Luccio or Kerr. At home, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and take an analgesic to relieve pain.
- Fractured or displaced jaw or oral laceration These are medical emergencies. Transport to the hospital emergency room. To quell profuse bleeding, place direct pressure on the wound.
- Broken tooth or restoration Bring the pieces to the dental office. The dentist may repair the fracture with composite resin, or he may replace the lost filling or crown. He may recommend root canal therapy to restore a badly damaged tooth, removing the pulp and placing a protective filling or porcelain crown.
- Foreign object between teeth Try dislodging debris with dental floss. If you cannot, call the office for advice or an appointment.
Prevent Problems Before They Happen
Avoid emergencies with common sense. For example, brush twice a day and floss daily as recommended by the American Dental Association. Get six-month check-ups and cleanings at Columbian Square Dental to keep your smile strong and healthy. Your dentist works hard to find and treat small problems before they progress.
Also, wear a customized mouthguard for sports or if you grind your teeth. Do not chew ice or open packages or bottles with your teeth.
If you have any concern about your oral health, contact Columbian Square Dental. This highly skilled team will resolve your dental emergency quickly and competently for the best possible result.
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