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Like any other part of your body, sometimes your teeth and gums may need emergency care. If you have a dental issue that must be handled immediately, don't hesitate to contact your local emergency dentist in Shelton, CT. Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu are your experienced dentists at the Dental Associates of Shelton. Visit us for your ongoing and emergency dental needs.
What Is A Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can happen for a number of reasons. It may be caused by a chronic disease or by a sudden accident. An emergency can affect your teeth and gums. Let's look at some typical types of dental emergencies you may need your emergency dentist in Shelton, CT, to treat.
Traumatic Dental Injuries
Do you or your children play sports? While sports may be fun and great for the body, sometimes they can cause a tooth to get knocked out. This is why it is helpful to use a mouthguard when you can. When a tooth is knocked out or chipped an accidental fall, there are a few ways we can save it with quick thinking.
To save a chipped or knocked-out tooth:
- Find the tooth or chipped pieces
- Gently clean knocked out tooth
- Place the tooth back in the socket or in a container of milk
- Hold the re-inserted tooth in place
- Go to a dental office immediately
Persistent tooth pain is often a sign of tooth decay or an infection. When an infection is left untreated, it can eventually spread to the gums. Your teeth may be sensitive or have a loose filling. If pain persists, especially if it is keeping you up at night, seek immediate care from your dentist.
People often associate dental emergencies only with tooth injuries or pain. The soft tissue around our teeth, such as the gums and cheek lining, are also subject to trauma and infection. A common emergency in this part of our mouth involves gum abscesses, also known as periodontal abscesses.
Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu are your local emergency dentists in Shelton, CT, who can help with a range of dental concerns. Contact Dental Associates of Shelton by calling us at (203) 924-4115. We are here for you during a routine check-up or treatment for a traumatic dental injury.
Losing a tooth is a rite of passage when you're a child, but becomes a dental emergency once your permanent teeth come in. Fortunately, your emergency dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, offer treatments that can help stabilize your loose tooth.
Why teeth loosen
Permanent teeth can loosen due to:
- Trauma: A fall or blow to the mouth may be the reason that your tooth is loose.
- Grinding or Clenching: Grinding or clenching your teeth at night could crack or loosen teeth.
- Gum Disease: A bacterial infection caused by gum disease can destroy bone, tissue, and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.
- Pregnancy: Hormone levels increase during pregnancy and may weaken or loosen the bones and ligaments around your teeth.
- Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones, can loosen teeth if it affects the jawbone.
Loose teeth are a dental emergency and require an immediate call to the Shelton, CT, dental office. Unfortunately, loose teeth don't get better on their own. If you don't visit your emergency dentist right away, you may lose your tooth.
Treating loose teeth
Treatment for loose teeth depends on the cause and the severity of the problem. Your dentist may use a splint to stabilize your tooth by bonding it to the teeth on either side. Permanently or temporarily splinting the tooth decreases pressure on it when you chew and gives the tooth time to heal.
Your dentist may recommend bite adjustment if your tooth loosened due to grinding. Removing small amounts of tooth enamel in strategic locations decreases pressure on your tooth, allowing it to heal and become more stable.
You'll need to treat your gum disease if the disease is the cause of your problem. You may need a deep cleaning to remove plaque and bacteria above and below your gum line. Flap surgery to reattach your gums to your teeth or bone or tissue grafts to replace lost bone or gum tissue may also be needed.
Do you have a loose tooth? Call your emergency dentists in Shelton, CT, Dr. Caserta and Dr. Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton at (203) 924-4115 to schedule your appointment.