A dental emergency can strike anyone at any time. If and when that happens to you, what should you do? One of your first steps should be to call a trustworthy emergency dentist. Here at Northborough Dental Associates, we are always ready to spring into action to help patients who need urgent care. When your dental emergency starts, get in touch with us right away. We will arrange our schedule to treat you as soon as possible with emergency dentistry in Northborough, MA — probably even on the same day you call.
If you have a sharp, throbbing pain, it is possible that an infection has invaded the pulp inside your tooth. You may need root canal therapy or possibly even an extraction. Before your treatment, OTC pain medications may be able to take the edge off of your discomfort.
Collect any large pieces of your tooth that broke off and bring them with you to your appointment. You can place sugar-free gum on the tooth to protect the soft tissues in your mouth from any jagged edges. We may be able to repair the damaged tooth, but it is also possible that you will require an extraction.
Pick up the tooth by its top part and gently rinse off any debris. Try to place the tooth back in its socket; if that is not possible, store it in a glass of milk or water. Get to our dental office as soon as possible. If you reach us within an hour or two of when the tooth got knocked out, we might be able to splint it back into place.
You can attempt to place a crown back on a tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Avoid chewing with the vulnerable tooth. When you get to our dental office, we may be able to reattach a dislodged crown, but it is also possible that we will have to provide you with an entirely new restoration.
Here are a few tips to help you reduce the likelihood that you will face a dental emergency: