Falmouth Emergency Dentist
Our Dental Team Is Here When You Need Us Most
By nature, dental emergencies never tend to happen at a convenient time. You might wake up on the morning of a much-deserved vacation with searing tooth pain, or maybe an accidental tumble at work leads to a serious fracture. At Casco Bay Smiles, our patients’ wellbeing is always a top priority – that’s why you’ll never hear “We can see you in a week or two!” from our team members when you call in with an urgent situation. Instead, Dr. McVety will do his best to see you on the same day as your initial call whenever possible to provide much-needed relief and support. Don’t wait – contact us today in Falmouth, ME!
Why Choose Casco Bay Smiles for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Technology, Including CBCT Scanner
- Calming Sedation Dentistry
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies can be sorted into two distinct categories. First, there are the unexpected accidents, which can involve serious fractures or even teeth that have been completely knocked out. The other major type is the dreaded “toothache,” which left untreated can cause pain and lead to a serious infection. Keep reading below to learn more about what you can do in some of these situations to better manage your symptoms before arriving at Casco Bay Smiles:
First, it’s a good idea to rule out the possibility that some stray piece of debris or food is causing the pain. Floss and rinse your mouth. If the discomfort persists, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Casco Bay Smiles. While it is safe to take aspirin to help manage your pain in the interim, do NOT place it directly on the tooth or gum tissue surface – this may cause additional damage.
If any large parts of the tooth have come loose, gather them up and plan to bring them with you to our Falmouth practice. If facial swelling occurs, a cold compress held against your cheek can help reduce the effect. Are there any jagged edges? Some sugarless chewing gum or wax paraffin can cover them effectively and help you keep your tongue, lip, and cheek safe from accidental harm.
Please stay calm and do not panic. It is important to keep in mind that there is a very small window of time for dislodged teeth to be successfully reattached – typically only an hour. Thus, make sure to contact Dr. McVety right away. We encourage you to try to place the tooth back into its original socket and hold it there. Alternatively, holding the tooth in your cheek pocket or carrying it in a container of milk are good choices as well. The idea is to keep the tooth as moist as possible!
The loss of a dental filling or crown shouldn’t necessarily be thought of as an emergency situation, but it can be uncomfortable because the treated tooth is now wholly exposed to the air and temperature. If you still have the crown, one idea is to try and place it back over the tooth with the help of some dental cement or denture adhesive, both of which can typically be found at a pharmacy. Make sure to contact our practice right away to schedule an appointment so that we can replace or repair the restoration in question.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Here are some helpful tips for how to minimize your odds of experiencing a dental emergency as you go about your daily life:
- Remember to brush twice a day, floss daily, and schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings! Dr. McVety can help you pinpoint any concerning issues during these preventive visits, successfully preventing the need for more extensive treatment down the road.
- Use scissors or other appropriate tools to open difficult packaging and never your own teeth.
- Don’t chew on the ice in cold drinks, and be very careful when eating foods that are overly tough to chew or sticky.
- Wear an oral appliance (we prefer a custom-made model) when participating in sports with physical contact and/or if you know that you experience teeth grinding.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different. Sometimes patients can head home with a simple prescription, while other cases may require more extensive reconstructive care to help smiles bounce back to their former state. Here in Falmouth, our team will be sure to review your specific circumstances and proposed treatment plan in plenty of detail before any further care is scheduled. We strive to earn your trust and help you feel at ease from this very first appointment.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Keeping a cool head and making the right decisions when every second counts could end up saving your smile during a dental emergency. Each bit of information helps during an urgent situation, but you may not be in the right frame of mind to ask questions when you’re actively dealing with a toothache or a dental injury. Thus, we have provided the answers to some of the questions that are most frequently asked of emergency dentists.
Should I Visit the Dentist or a Hospital?
Dr. McVety has training and experience treating a variety of oral health issues that many doctors at a hospital emergency room won’t be as well-equipped to deal with. Call Casco Bay Smiles if you’re suffering from common problems such as persistent toothaches, broken or lost teeth, and infections that do not affect your ability to breathe or swallow. That said, some cases are more life-threatening and should be brought to the attention of the nearest emergency room right away. This might include a deep cut that is causing unstoppable bleeding, any kind of breathing difficulty, or a fractured or dislocated jaw.
What Happens if Treatment is Delayed?
There are two main reasons why dental emergencies require immediate attention. First, they will not get better on their own; in fact, they will only get worse. Infections will continue to grow and spread, and teeth that were already injured will likely break further from daily use if not treated. The fact that the situation will only become more severe over time leads right into the second reason: if you wait for too long, you could end up needing a more expensive or complex treatment to salvage the function of your mouth. As such, as soon as you realize that something is wrong, you should get in touch with Casco Bay Smiles immediately.
Why Should I Keep My Tooth in a Container of Milk?
While it’s best to keep an avulsed tooth in its socket whenever possible, there are situations where it might be difficult or impossible to do so. Fortunately, a glass of milk is often a great alternative in these situations. The ultimate goal is to keep the roots of the tooth moist so that they have an easier time reattaching to the jaw later. Milk is usually ideal for this purpose because it contains proteins that will help keep the cells of the tooth roots alive and protect them from further damage.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
We might suggest emergency root canal therapy if we examine your tooth and find signs of an infection. Removing the diseased tissue along with all the harmful bacteria present inside of the tooth is usually the most reliable way to stop the infection from spreading beyond the roots. Do not worry about discomfort; the procedure will actually stop the pain caused by a toothache, and in the long run it will let you save a tooth that would otherwise have needed to be extracted.