Quick Relief and Efficient Care
At River Park Dental, we offer emergency dentistry services for patients experiencing unexpected dental issues. We know how stressful and painful emergencies can be, so we quickly assess your situation and only offer treatments that would be best for your particular situation. Same-day care is available for anyone who’d like to come in today. Call us for an appointment now!
What is a Dental Emergency?
You should schedule an appointment immediately if you’re experiencing extreme pain, excessive bleeding, or if you’ve lost a tooth as a result of an accident or injury. It’s important that these situations be taken care of as soon as possible – usually within 12 hours of the injury – as it will increase your chances of saving your natural tooth. River Park Dental offers flexible hours and accommodates emergencies to help get you smiling again.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
The most important thing to remember when unexpected dental issues occur is to stay calm. Stop bleeding with sterile gauze and pressure, and avoiding eating and drinking as your mouth will likely be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. If your tooth has been knocked out, find it, rinse it with warm water, and place it back in its socket. Keeping it in a container or bag with your own saliva or milk is an acceptable alternative. But as soon as you have the situation under control, call River Park Dental or come into our offices for treatment. We can get you out of pain and treat your emergency today.
Why Is A Persistent Toothache Considered A Dental Emergency?
A persistent toothache that lasts more than a day or two is usually a sign of an infected tooth. Tooth infections can occur when a cavity has eaten away at the enamel of the tooth and bacteria begin to infect the nerve and blood vessel-filled pulp. An oral injury, like a cracked tooth, can also cause an infection.
Without treatment, an infected tooth will continue to cause you serious pain and discomfort. The infection could also worsen and become an abscess, which may cause further oral health complications.
For this reason, a persistent toothache is considered a dental emergency. Without proper treatment, such as root canal therapy, your pain will only get worse. If you have a toothache that won’t go away in Cromwell, Newington or Berlin, CT, come in to see Dr. Ahmed at River Park Dental right away.
What Are My Sedation Options For Pain At River Park Dental?
We offer sedation for all of our patients no matter what treatment you need. Sedation is the best way to get relief from the pain and discomfort of an oral injury or a toothache, and it can also help you relax during your restorative procedure.
If you are only experiencing a small amount of discomfort, we may recommend “laughing gas.” This gas is delivered through a nose mask and helps you feel more calm and relaxed in the dentist’s chair, while also providing some pain relief. The biggest benefit of choosing laughing gas is that it has few side effects and wears off after only about 5 minutes, so you can still drive yourself home after your appointment.
If you have a more serious issue like a very painful toothache or an oral injury, we may recommend oral sedation. This consists of a strong sedative in pill or liquid form. This medication will provide you with powerful pain relief and will make you feel very relaxed and groggy. You may even fall asleep during your procedure.
If you’re not sure what’s right for you, just ask Dr. Ahmed after you’ve scheduled your emergency procedure. He will recommend the appropriate form of sedation for your condition.
Why Do I Need To Get Immediate Help For A Dental Emergency?
The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you will get relief from your pain and discomfort. Not only that, but the outcome of your treatment may depend on how quickly you get help. For example, if you have a knocked-out (avulsed) tooth, it must be replaced within 1-2 hours to implant properly in the mouth.
Getting immediate care also helps you avoid further complications. For instance, if you pull out a filling and don’t get treatment for several weeks, you could be exposing your weakened and vulnerable tooth to decay and cause it to become infected. Getting help right away ensures you never have to worry about these kinds of complications.