Dental emergencies can occur in a second, putting your oral health in jeopardy. Understanding what constitutes an emergency can help you determine if you need to make a call to your dentist. If you do have an urgent dental problem, your Shelton, CT, emergency dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, offer the emergency services you need to protect your smile.
Will my smile suffer if I don't receive dental care immediately?
Some dental issues, such as loose fillings or damaged dental veneers, can wait until normal business hours. Other dental issues can result in lasting problems if they're not treated right away. Call your Shelton dentist immediately if your tooth is knocked out, loosened, or moved out of its normal position. If a knocked out tooth isn't re-implanted within about an hour, it may not be possible to save it. Ignoring loose teeth or those that have moved out of position can also cause problems that may threaten your smile.
If your tooth was knocked out, rinse it in water and place it back in the socket, between your teeth and your gums, or in a container of your own saliva in preparation for your trip to the dental office. Move the out-of-place tooth gently into its usual position if you can, but don't put any pressure on it until you see the dentist.
Do I have dental abscess symptoms?
Dental abscesses are infections that require immediate dental care. If you aren't treated promptly, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Abscess symptoms include pain in your tooth or gum, jaw swelling, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and pus or a pimple on your gum.
Am I in severe pain?
Severe pain is never normal. If you experience severe pain after a blow to your mouth or wake up in agony, don't hesitate to contact your dentist.
Protect your oral health with emergency dental treatment. Call your Shelton, CT, emergency dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.