Newark Emergency Dentist
Do you like surprises? Even if you do, there’s one surprise nobody likes—an emergency. As with any emergency, the best thing you can do if you’re having a dental emergency is develop a plan. Your first step should be to call the office of White Clay Dental Associates at (302) 455-7240. One of our staff members will be able to assess your emergency, offer tips on what you should do and schedule a same-day appointment if you need one.
One of the most common dental emergencies is a toothache. In some cases, a toothache is a minor inconvenience, but in other situations a toothache can be an indication of serious infection. If the pain you’re having feels more like pressure, then try flossing around the tooth. You may have something caught between two teeth. On the other hand, if the pain is acute, then the problem may be an infection or abscess. In either case, timely emergency care is required to stop the infection from spreading and to save your tooth.
The Emergency Dentist Newark Trusts is White Clay Dental Associates
Although a chipped tooth is usually not a dental emergency (although you should be careful when eating in order not to worsen the chip), a cracked or broken tooth can be a serious situation that is a dental emergency. A broken tooth can mean there is damage inside your tooth, as well as to the appearance of your smile. After you call our office, take the following steps:
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water
- If you’re in pain or if there’s swelling, apply a cold compress to the side of your face
- Take acetaminophen to help with the pain, too
- Don’t apply a painkiller directly to your tooth as this may harm your gums
Loose Teeth or a Knocked-Out Tooth
If an injury dislodges a tooth, try to move the tooth back to its correct position by applying gentle pressure with your finger. Never force the tooth to move. Newark emergency dentists, Dr. Bond or Dr. Ganfield may be able to splint the tooth to nearby teeth in order to stabilize it.
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency Newark residents need to address immediately. Be sure to handle the tooth by the crown, the visible portion of a tooth. Clean the tooth in clear water and do not dry it. You can try to place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place by gently biting down. If this can’t be done, keep the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk to keep the tooth moist and preserve its cells.
Do you need to see Dr. Bond or Dr. Ganfield of White Clay Dental Associates for a dental emergency? Call our Newark office today to speak with one of our helpful team members. We look forward to helping you.