No one ever expects to need emergency dental care, but if they are experiencing a severe toothache or other painful dental problems, the last thing they want to do is waste time searching for someone who is available to treat them. To make sure you never find yourself in such a situation, put New Haven Dental Group’s number in your phone right now. You will be covered if you ever require short-notice dental care. We are ready and able to accept emergency patients, and we are even often able to provide same-day emergency dentistry in Branford for those who need urgent attention.
Whether your dental emergency is due to a sudden injury or a longstanding dental problem that suddenly announces its presence, the best thing to do is seek professional help right away. Our team will leap into action to relieve your pain and repair the damage to your oral health as soon as possible. Even before your emergency appointment, however, there may be a few steps you can take to care for yourself:
For minor pain, start by flossing around the tooth to dislodge any food particles or other objects that might be stuck between the teeth. If the pain is overwhelming, place a cold compress on the face and take an over the counter painkiller.
Place a cold compress on the same side of the face as the damaged tooth for 10 minutes at a time; this should reduce swelling and pain. Gather any large pieces of the tooth you can find, and put a piece of sugar-free gum or dental wax over the remaining portion of the tooth to blunt any sharp edges.
If the tooth is only partially dislodged, try to push it back into place, and attempt to hold it there by biting down on a piece of gauze. For a fully knocked-out tooth, recover it (touching only its top portion), gently rinse it off, and try to replace it in its socket. Call us as soon as possible — we may be able to splint the tooth back into place if you get to us within an hour or so of the incident.
Find the restoration, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back onto the tooth — a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive can help with this. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, an OTC medication may be able to provide temporary relief.
There are many different kinds of dental emergencies. Logically, then, there is no fixed price for urgent dental care. One patient may need nothing more than a prescription to feel better, while another may require root canal therapy and a crown. When you come to us for treatment, we will be upfront about your treatment options and their associated costs.