Emergency Care

Emergency Dental Care Saves Teeth

Dental emergencies shouldn’t be treated at the emergency room. When you’ve lost, damaged, or broken a tooth, you need care from an expert in dental medicine, not general medicine. In fact, if you try to receive treatment in the ER, the doctors will often look you over and then tell you to contact your dentist.

If you need a Holbrook, MA dentist for emergency care, call Dr. Teresa Salem at (781) 995-3334 to make a same-day appointment. Seeing her promptly after a dental emergency increases the odds that she’ll be able to save your teeth and reduce damage to your gums.

First Aid for Tooth Emergencies

While you’re waiting to see the dentist, take these steps to save your tooth and prevent further injury:

  1. Find the tooth or the tooth pieces. If an entire tooth has been knocked out, pick it up by the crown, not the root. If you are able to see a dentist within 30 minutes, she may be able to re-implant it.
  2. Rinse out your mouth with warm water. If possible, replace the tooth in its socket. If you’re not able to do this, you may store it, or any fragments in whole milk until you see the dentist. The milk will keep the tooth from drying out and suffering more damage. Do not substitute tap water for milk, as water will damage the root cells.
  3. Control any bleeding or swelling. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment. If it’s after hours, follow the instructions on the recording. Your best chances of saving your tooth are to see a dentist within thirty minutes to an hour after the injury.
  4. Remain calm. Tooth injuries are very common, and your dentist will know how to repair the injury.