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Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency

Even with a dedication to your oral health, some things are out of your control. In these times, it is helpful to have a working knowledge of how to approach a dental emergency. From a car accident to a trip down the stairs, we are never quite far from the risk of a broken or damaged tooth. Taking the time to learn the immediate next steps after these accidents can help you to approach the situation in a positive manner.

At Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we are here to help you to make it through this tough time. We proudly keep a member of our staff available at all times, even through weekends and vacations. If you have broken or lost one of your teeth, give us a call as soon as possible, so that we can walk you through the process. Before you experience an emergency, take some concepts to heart; give yourself the tools you need to be prepared!

The First Moments After An Accident Are Pivotal

Before anything else, it is important to determine if you or anyone around you has suffered a life-threatening injury. If you have any questions about the severity of your situation, call 911 or make your way to an emergency room. They have access to tools and procedures designed to keep you alive, including blood transfusions. After you have assessed the injury, you can continue your next steps.

In the seconds after you break a tooth, it can feel as if time stops. As you realize what has just happened, try to stop yourself from moving too much. While it can be difficult to keep yourself calm, this approach can bring you benefits.

Gather What You Can And Call Your Dentist

Locate as many pieces of your missing tissue as you can, and you will want to keep them safe. Place the broken pieces of teeth (as well as soft tissue) into a clean cloth. Gauze is preferable here, if you have access to this; otherwise, look and see if you can find a clean piece of fabric. If your entire tooth has been knocked out, rinse off any debris by holding only the crown. This is the part of the tooth that you can typically see. Place this into a cup of milk or saltwater, if it will not fit back into the socket. Tap water can do damage, so avoid using this as a means of transport.

Call Our Office At Any Time In Shrewsbury, MA

Once you have gathered the pieces of your broken tooth, make your way to an emergency dentist as quickly as you safely can. Call Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury, MA at (508) 842-8838 for your needs.