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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies should never be ignored, as they can potentially be very serious. In many cases, you may endure permanent damage to your smile if you don’t treat your emergency right away.  In other cases, you may not need to see your dentist immediately and it can wait until the next business day. If you’re experiencing an emergency, knowing what to do next is the most important step.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them:

Broken Tooth Dental Emergency in Wellesley, MA

Your Tooth Has Been Knocked Out – Hold the tooth by the crown, rinse it with water, and try to place it back into your gums (if you remember how it was originally).  If you are unsure, place the tooth into a glass of milk. See your dentist as soon as you can! Do not attempt to scrub the tooth clean.

Man with Toothache in Wellesley, MA

Toothache – Rinse your mouth out with warm water. If you have swelling, apply a cold compress outside your cheek, where the aching tooth is. Do not place any painkiller pills directly against your gums, as this can burn your tissue.  Call your dentist.

Abscess or “Pimple” on the Gums – This is an infection around the tooth root or in the space between your gums and teeth. Urgent care is necessary, because abscesses can damage the surrounding tissue or spread to other areas of your body.  If you see a painful sore on your gums that looks like a pimple, visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency and need a dentist who can help – call Wellesley Dental! We truly care about the comfort of our patients – new and existing alike. We hope you will consider us to take care of all your oral health needs!

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