Anyone who has suffered from a debilitating toothache knows the urgency that comes with a painful dental emergency. At Westfield Smiles, patients are able to get in touch with a dentist for timely attention. Common problems that qualify as dental emergencies include severe toothaches and lost or broken teeth.

What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

People suffering from a toothache should attempt to clean the area around the affected tooth. Then, apply a cold compress to the cheek to combat swelling. A dose of acetaminophen can help to reduce the pain, taken by following the directions listed on the bottle. This may provide you with temporary relief before you can see the dentist. If you break or lose a tooth, collect the tooth and any of its fragments. If the tooth is intact, submerge it in milk or water. The chemical makeup of milk is compatible with the tooth, thus preserving it while you contact a dentist.

Can I Care for This at Home?

Other painful problems may include canker sores or areas of broken skin in the mouth. In many cases, these issues can be remedied using over-the-counter medications. However, if you have a wound that will not stop bleeding, seek medical attention at a hospital or urgent care center. Remember to remain calm in the event of a dental emergency. While some minor conditions can be handled effectively with medication from your pharmacy, it is important to schedule a dental appointment to see whether there may be a deeper underlying problem. A persistent toothache can be a warning sign of a developing cavity, and delaying treatment can allow the problem to get worse.

Contact Westfield Smiles for Emergency Dental Care

Contact our office to find out how quickly we can schedule your treatment. We are happy to provide dental care advice and answers to frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. When you are uncertain about whether your situation qualifies as a dental emergency, please feel free to call our office and explain your symptoms over the phone.