What To Do In A Dental Emergency

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Over the next couple weeks, you’ll probably be visiting with friends and family. The adults will be celebrating and kids will be rough-housing. You don’t want a dental emergency to interfere with your holiday plans. That’s why it’s important to know what to do in a dental emergency.

Luckily, A Perfect Smile makes it easy to handle dental emergencies in Falmouth, ME. In fact, we reserve time every day for patients with urgent needs! And with a little quick thinking on your end, we can work together to minimize damage and alleviate pain.

Read on for some common dental emergencies that arise during the holiday season and throughout the year, as well as things you can do at home when disaster strikes. Then, if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call at (207) 536-3508.

One quick note about dental emergencies: If you’re experiencing bleeding that you can’t get to stop, seek emergency medical care. Once you’re safe, call A Perfect Smile, and our caring team will help you repair the damage.


1. Broken Tooth


If you think about it, the holidays can be kind of a treacherous time for teeth. People are trying to open presents and crack nuts with their teeth — things they’re simply not built for. Teeth are tough, but they’re not indestructible. Using your teeth in ways they’re not meant to be used leaves them vulnerable to chips, cracks, and other damage.

So what should you do if you’ve broken a tooth? Aside from the cosmetic damage it does, breaking a tooth can leave you susceptible to infection and nerve damage, which could require a root canal.

If you’ve broken a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, and apply pressure with a piece of gauze to control any bleeding. Alternatively, you can use a tea bag.

Give us a call immediately because we’ll need to see you as soon as possible. If for some reason we can’t see you right away, cover the part of the tooth that remains in your mouth with temporary dental cement, which you can find at most drugstores.

Once you see us, we might recommend a custom dental crown to repair the damage. A dental crown is like a “cap” that completely covers the visible portion of a tooth to restore its health and appearance. It’s commonly used to repair broken teeth.


2. Cracked Tooth


A cracked tooth can seem less serious than a broken tooth, but oh boy can it be painful. If you’re experiencing pain as a result of a fractured tooth, we can repair the damage with a dental crown or dental veneer.

A dental veneer is a thin but durable piece of porcelain or composite material that’s placed over the front of a damaged tooth to conceal imperfections.

Either way, give us a call as soon as you notice the crack. We don’t want the crack to worsen.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do at home if you’ve cracked a tooth, other than trying to relieve any pain that comes with it.

Sometimes, the discomfort will come in the form of sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. If that’s what you’re experiencing, try to avoid troublesome foods and drinks until you can see us.

If you’re experiencing a full-blown toothache, you can try to alleviate discomfort and swelling by applying a cold pack to the side of your face where the broken tooth is. You might also try taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Tylenol, to ease the pain.


3. Infected Tooth


A toothache is often the sign of an abscessed tooth, which occurs because of an infection in the nerves of your teeth. This can be extremely painful and often requires a root canal to save the tooth.

Though root canals have a bad reputation, they’re actually not as painful as people think — particularly when they’re performed by highly skilled dentists like Dr. Nelson.

Plus, root canals often make it possible to save a badly infected tooth. Otherwise, a tooth might need to be extracted and replaced, so a root canal can prevent costly and time-consuming dental procedures.

If you suspect you have a badly infected tooth, give us a call as soon as you can. We’ll get you into our Falmouth, ME office quickly so we can relieve your discomfort.


A Perfect Smile Knows What To Do In A Dental Emergency


For high-quality dental care, even in the midst of an emergency, call A Perfect Smile. Dr. Nelson and his compassionate team are committed to a “patient-first” philosophy and a holistic approach to patient well-being.

Come experience it for yourself! Call us at (207) 536-3508. You can also use our convenient online form to request an appointment, but we recommend that you reach us by phone if you’re experiencing a dental emergency.

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