We recognize that your dental needs are not always something you can schedule. Whether you bite down on something too hard for your tooth, or experience some other unexpected trauma or discomfort, we are here for you. Your emergency dentists will ensure you receive the treatment you require, even after business hours.
How Do You Access Emergency Dental Services?
If you are an existing patient of the practice, someone from our office is on call after office hours, during every weekend, and even during vacations. Please call immediately, so a member of our team can set up an emergency visit. Call us immediately – the sooner we treat you, the greater our ability to correct the problem and restore the health and comfort of your smile.
What Should You Do During A Dental Emergency?
First, don’t panic. The sight of a knocked-out tooth or blood may upset you, but at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we will ensure you receive the help you need. However, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.
As for true dental emergencies that are not life threatening, we suggest taking the following steps after contacting our office:
- If you are in pain, take over-the-counter analgesics to reduce your discomfort until you see the dentist.
- If you are bleeding, press clean gauze or fabric against the affected area, or bite down on the material, to stop the bleeding.
- For food or debris lodged between your teeth, gently attempt to dislodge the object with dental floss. If this is ineffective, leave the area alone until you see your dentist, to avoid causing injury.
- For a broken tooth, gather as many pieces of the tooth as you can and place them in a sealed container.
- If you have a knocked-out tooth, gently rinse the tooth under warm water. Wash as carefully as possible to avoid rinsing away attached tissue. Gently try to place the tooth back in its socket in your mouth. Do not use force. If you are unsuccessful, place the tooth in an airtight container filled with milk or saltwater to preserve the tooth until your visit.
- Place an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your face to reduce discomfort or swelling.