Dental problems aren't planned, and appointments can't always be scheduled in advance. When you need emergency dentistry services, we will work to restore your smile as quickly as possible so that you can put the pain and the injury behind you.
Your Trusted Emergency Dentist In Auburn, ME
We understand that dental emergencies can be alarming. Whether you’ve suffered oral trauma or are experiencing a toothache with no obvious explanation, you want fast relief. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the emergency room. We offer a variety of emergency dentistry treatments at Taylor Brook Dental Associates, including root canals, repair of a loose or lost filling, and treatment of painful infections. We sincerely hope you never need any emergency dentistry services from us. However, if you should require immediate attention, count on our team to treat you with the sense of urgency and compassion you need at a difficult time. Whenever possible, we’ll make space in our schedule so that we can see you the same day. Consider us your home for emergency dentistry in Auburn, ME.
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re having neck or head pain, are bleeding uncontrollably, are feeling dizzy, or have suffered severe trauma, please seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or by getting transportation to the nearest medical facility. Medical personnel are best equipped to assist you with symptoms such as these.
What is a dental emergency?
There are several types of dental emergencies. Examples of dental emergencies can be things like a sudden and severe toothache, an accident that chips or cracks a tooth, a damaged or loose restoration, or a lost or damaged tooth. To know if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
- Do you have a painful toothache that will not subside?
- Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
- Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face in combination with a toothache?
- Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
- Are you bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
- Is your jaw injured?
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is an emergency. This also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening and require professional care as soon as possible.
What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?
The best thing you can do when you have a dental emergency is to contact your dentist. If the issue is severe or out of regular office hours, you should go to the nearest emergency room.
Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be some things you can do to help ease your pain and help the situation. Some things to try include:
- Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash
- Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
- Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
- Rinse with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
- Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain
What should I do if I have a knocked out tooth?
Don’t touch the roots or top of the tooth. The roots of your teeth are delicate. Only pick up and handle your lost tooth by the sides and chewing surface.
Clean the tooth gently. You can use water or milk to gently rinse the tooth. Do not try to rub, scrub, dry off, or use soaps or chemicals to clean your lost tooth.
Put the tooth back in the socket, if possible. Once gently cleaned, you should try to gently replace the tooth, handling only the sides and bottom. Once replaced, you can softly bite down to keep it there. Make sure your tooth is oriented properly and not backward. Do not try to force it if it won’t fit properly.
If you can’t put it back, keep it moist. Putting the tooth in a glass of milk to soak is a great option. Alternately, you can softly hold the tooth between your gums and cheek. However, this shouldn’t be done with younger children who could swallow the tooth. Don’t use tap water to soak a knocked-out tooth because it could damage the roots. If you don’t have cow’s milk and can’t hold your tooth in its socket or in your cheek, spitting into a container and soaking the tooth in saliva is the next best option.
Call the dentist. Getting to a dentist as quickly as possible is critical. It is possible to reattach a tooth an hour or more after it has been knocked out. However, the sooner you can see a dentist, the better the chances are of reattaching it.
If you have more questions about emergency dental care, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.