Addressing Dental Emergencies

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An important part of keeping your mouth and teeth healthy is making regular appointments to visit Dr. Sherif Gabr and his staff at Modern Dentistry of New England. Regular visits to our office will allow us to give you a deep cleaning, and examination. Regular exams will give Dr. Gabr to the chance to find any small problems with your teeth, and address them before they become large problems.

But life is unpredictable and accidents happen. There is no way to anticipate an injury to your mouth or teeth, at but Modern Dentistry of New England, we’re equipped to treat you when you have a dental emergency.

When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing that you should do is contact our office and we will schedule an appointment to see you as soon as we can. But in the interim, there are things that you can do that will increase the chances of saving an injured tooth, or even a tooth you have lost.

If you lose a permanent tooth, you should first try to put it back into the socket. Put the tooth in the socket and gently bite down on it through a piece of gauze or a damp tea bag. It is important that you do not touch the root of the tooth. If you cannot put the tooth back in place, you should keep it moist until we are able to see you. To do that, place the tooth in a glass of milk, or in a tooth preservative. If none of those are available, you can also hold the tooth between your cheek and gum. No matter the situation, contact our office as soon as you can. If you have cracked your tooth, save the pieces if you can locate them, and rinse your mouth with warm water.

If you lose a crown, you might be able to put it back in place using temporary dental cement which is available in many stores. If you can’t do that, place the crown in a plastic bag. For a lost filling, rinse the your mouth with warm water. You may be able to cover the area with sugar-free gum or you can use a temporary filling, also available in stores. It is important to remember that a temporary fix is just that! These measures are meant to help you until you can see Dr. Gabr. These suggestions are not meant to replace a visit to our office.

There may be times when you develop pain in your teeth but have not sustained any kind of trauma to your mouth. Although you may not have had an accident, a toothache can not only be extremely painful, but also distracting. If you are experiencing a toothache, you should first rinse your mouth with warm water, and use dental floss to remove anything that may be aggravating the tooth. Until we can see you, you may be able to relieve the pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever, and a warm compress.

At Modern Dentistry of New England, we are proud to offer our patients a full range of dental services, ranging from cosmetic to restorative procedures. We also pride ourselves on our ability to care for your entire family, including your children. If you live in the Bristol or West Hartford Connecticut areas and find yourself coping with a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us as soon as you can at 860-582-4485 in Bristol, or 860-523-5538 in West Hartford. We look forward to helping you take care of your smile, and we are here for you when an emergency strikes.