Dental emergencies are bad enough when you’re at home near your regular dentist. Having a toothache or a broken tooth while out of town can ruin your vacation. However, it doesn’t have to. There are ways to handle dental emergencies, so it doesn’t cast a dark shadow over your summer. An emergency dentist in Trumbull is here to tell you how to prepare for and deal with urgent dental issues while on vacation.
What to Do Before You Leave for Vacation
You can never be too prepared. Make sure to visit your dentist before you leave so he or she can diagnose any potential problems that may arise later. If you need a procedure done, like a filling or a root canal, now is the perfect time to get it out of the way so it doesn’t become worse when you’re out of town. Additionally, it never hurts to research the area where you’re traveling and see if there are any emergency dentists who are in network with your insurance. Avoid doing things that could cause dental problems, like chewing on ice or hard candy.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The best thing to do is to call your dentist right away, but there are some things you can do in the meantime. Here are some ways to deal with common emergency situations:
Your dentist can treat a toothache in Trumbull, but elsewhere you might have to rely on over-the-counter painkillers until you can see a professional.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply ice to the outside of your cheek, and if there is bleeding, use gauze for about 20 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
If you can find the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part you chew with) and rinse it with warm water. Try and place it back in the socket facing the right direction. If you can’t, place the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. The important thing is to see your dentist as soon as possible. Teeth that are knocked out have the highest chance of successful reattachment if you see your dentist within an hour.
You can temporarily substitute a filling with sugar-free gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
Clean the inside of the crown with warm water. You can use denture adhesive, dental cement, or even toothpaste to reattach it for the time being.
Dental emergencies can be scary, but hopefully now you are a little more knowledgeable of what to do should one happen. Make sure to prepare as much as possible beforehand to help prevent them from occurring in the first place.
About the Author
Dr. Scott Cohen achieved his dental degree from NYU in 2006. During and after his schooling, he enrolled in the United States Navy. He not only served on the front lines, but also received advanced training in endodontics, or root canals, to treat severe toothaches. He has been helping patients at his own practice in Trumbull, CT since he opened it in 2010. If you have tooth pain you need treated, contact Dr. Cohen at (203)-220-6610.