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By Dental Associates of Shelton
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

At Dental Associates of Shelton, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, are fully equipped to deal with pressing dental situations. Bleeding, cracked or knocked-out teeth, pain--our emergency dentists deal with them all in their Shelton, CT, office.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency requires quick action on your part and as soon as possible treatment by your emergency dentist in Shelton. Your pressing situation may involve intense pain, infection, hard or soft tissue loss, fracture, laceration, or burn impaired function, or changed personal appearance. Additionally, a true dental emergency may put your overall health and life in danger.

Your team at Dental Associates of Shelton urges you to contact the office for first aid recommendations and a same-day in-office consultation as needed. Take life-threatening situations, such as a jaw fracture or uncontrolled bleeding, to the hospital emergency room right away.

Examples of emergencies and what to do

Avulsed tooth Dear Doctor says you should wash off the tooth with water and replant it--the sooner the better. Quick restoration of a knocked-out tooth greatly increases its chances of long-term survival. Alternatively, you may carry the tooth in water or milk to the office.

Lacerated soft tissue Apply direct pressure with 4x4s or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop with 15 minutes, go to the closest ER or urgent care center.

Lost crown or filling or cracked tooth Bring the fragments to your emergency dentist in Shelton. He may use composite resin to repair chips or cracks. Fillings or crowns could need total replacement.

Toothache Dental pain develops for a variety of reasons, including fracture, abscess, deep decay, exposed roots, and more. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and apply a cold compress to a swollen jaw. A warm compress soothes soft-tissue soreness. Rinse your mouth with saltwater if you taste drainage.

Be careful about your oral health

If you or a loved one play sports, avoid injury with an athletic mouthguard. This acrylic device will cushion your mouth in case of a blow or fall.

If you open packages with your teeth or bite your fingernails, please stop. Also, keep your six-month dental appointments. Your dentist may uncover problems while they are still developing and easier to address.

We'll always help

Please contact your emergency dentist immediately at the first sign of a serious dental problem. You'll be treated accurately and compassionately. At Dental Associates of Shelton, you and your smile are our highest priorities. Phone Dr. Caserta or Dr. Basu at (203) 924-4115.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyDental 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.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
January 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”