Emergency dentistry involves treatments for unexpected pain or damage to your teeth and gums. As skilled clinicians, Dr. Roland E. Vanaria and Dr. Tijana Stijacic are knowledgeable and prepared to respond to dental emergencies. If you live in the greater Boston area, contact their practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD, in Newton, Massachusetts, as soon as possible in a dental emergency situation to avoid risking further damage to your teeth.
What is considered emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is treatment for trauma to the mouth through accident or other means that has caused damage to the teeth and gums.
When there is a loss of a tooth there may be a possibility of resetting it. There are steps to be taken when a tooth is knocked out that can increase the chances of saving it.
Do not touch the roots of the tooth.
If possible replace the tooth into the socket or hold it in your cheek.
If you can’t put it in your mouth, put the tooth in a small container of cow’s milk to help preserve it.
Call your dentist as soon as possible so they can be prepared for your arrival.
While some situations may be able to wait until your dentist’s regular office hours, others may need immediate attention. If you’re unsure, call their office and they’ll advise you about the best course of action.
What situations call for emergency dentistry?
The most common dental emergencies include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- A knocked-out tooth
- An extruded (i.e., partially dislodged) tooth
- Objects caught between teeth
- A lost filling or crown
- Broken braces and wires
- Loose brackets and bands
- Abscess (a type of oral infection)
- Soft-tissue injuries
If you experience any of these incidents, contact your dentist immediately for their advice about when to come in and what actions should be taken in the meantime. If the office is closed, they may provide an emergency number you can call. If none of these options are available, the safest choice is to head to the nearest emergency room for assessment.
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
As most dental emergencies derive from accidents, they aren’t usually predictable. However, there are precautionary measures you can take to reduce the risk.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports as the first line of defense in the protecting your teeth.
Some general preventative measures can include regular brushing of teeth and careful chewing.
Never use your teeth to pry things and avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy as they are capable of causing tooth damage.