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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

It’s difficult to be prepared for a dental emergency, but as long as you have the phone number of your local emergency dentist in Winslow on-hand, you should be fine. When you contact our dental office, our team will provide you with some tips on how you can reduce your risk of sustaining additional oral damage until you reach our dental office. Otherwise, we’ve also included some helpful tips on how to handle common dental emergencies below.

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A toothache is often a sign of an infection hidden deep beneath the enamel of your tooth. Sometimes it can be caused by a piece of lodged debris as well. After gently flossing between your teeth, if you still experience pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce inflammation and make you more comfortable.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Retrieve any broken-off pieces of your tooth from the floor and gently rinse them under a cool stream of water. Place them in a sealable bag or container and bring them to your appointment. If a jagged edge was created by the damage, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax on the area to keep it from irritating your oral tissues.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Time is of the essence if you’ve knocked-out a permanent tooth. Get to our dental office within an hour of the incident so we can have a higher chance of successfully replanting it in its socket. It’s vital to only handle your tooth by the biting surface and not the root. Gently rinse it under cool water and place it in a sealable container filled with milk or salt water.

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Lost Filling/Crown

If your restoration has fallen out of your mouth, you can temporarily reattach it using a dab of adhesive or sugar-free gum. It’s still vital for you to visit our dental office as soon as possible to have it replaced or repaired, because a damaged or lost filling or crown could put you at-risk for developing an infection.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Although you can’t completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk of needing to visit our dental office for urgent dental care. Here are some tips to keep your smile healthy:

  • Brush twice every day with fluoride toothpaste.

  • Floss at least once a day.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or items, such as pens.

  • Visit our dental office for semi-annual checkups and cleanings.

  • Break bad oral habits like nail-biting.

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The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Before we’re able to determine the cost of your emergency visit, we’ll need to examine your mouth to see how much damage you’ve sustained and what type of treatment you require. Typically, the more invasive the treatment that you require is, the more costly the appointment. After we develop a treatment plan, we can calculate the cost of your visit and walk you through all of your financial options. If you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask our dental staff.

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