Dr. Gauthier and the staff of Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA recognize that dental emergency situations do arise, often at the most inconvenient time. We do our best to accommodate dental emergencies the same day. Please call our office as early in the day as possible so that we can work you into our schedule. For after hours emergencies, call our office to receive an emergency cell phone number on the answering machine.
Dental emergencies should not be ignored and should be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid permanent or costly damage to the teeth and gums. Common dental emergencies are a toothache, pain in the teeth, jaw or gums, broken teeth, knocked out tooth, broken fillings and swelling in the gums or mouth.
Dental Emergencies: What To Do
It is important to contact our Worcester dentist office as soon as possible in the event of a dental emergency so that we may offer immediate advice and schedule a visit if necessary. Here are a few quick tips for handling an emergency to avoid further damage:
Knocked out tooth – If possible, retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If it is dirty, lightly rinse in water, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store tooth in your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket with in one hour of being knocked out. Contact us immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown – Do not use temporary measures to replace the filling or re-glue the crown. Contact us as soon as possible. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
Toothache – Try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing gently to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may burn the gum tissue. Contact us as soon as possible for treatment.
Abscess – These are serious conditions that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. Call us immediately for treatment. To ease discomfort, you may rinse with a mild saltwater solution.