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Dental emergencies require proper treatment fast. Pain, bleeding, lost or cracked teeth--they impact personal appearance, function, comfort, and well-being. At Dr. Philip Bauer's office in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT, this emergency dentist helps his patients with their crucial dental needs. If you have a dental emergency, call him and apply the following stop-gap measures.
What to do in a dental emergency
Any kind of emergency--dental or otherwise--requires a cool head and quick, accurate action. Pre-event preparation helps, too, and knowledge is the best preparation.
When the unexpected happens, call your emergency dentist at his Stamford, CT and Greenwich, CT office. You'll receive advice and an appointment if your situation warrants it. Dr. Bauer and his team definitely want your oral health and smile appearance fully preserved.
Here's what else to do:
- For a knocked-out tooth, wash it with clear water, and attempt to insert the roots into the empty socket. If this doesn't work, carry it to the dental office in a sealed container with tooth preservatives, water, or milk to cover it. Dr. Bauer may be able to put it back in place. The American Association of Endodontists explains that avulsed teeth can be re-inserted and survive for years if you see your dentist within one hour of your accident.
- Use direct pressure on any bleeding in the mouth or lips. If it doesn't resolve within 15 minutes, go to the nearest ER or urgent care center for treatment.
- Laterally displaced teeth need stabilization with a splint or other intervention supplied by Dr. Bauer. Call the office for an appointment.
- Toothaches indicate serious issues. You may need a filling, crown, or root canal treatment. Take ibuprofen, ice your jaw, and rinse your mouth if you have drainage along with the toothache. Call the office right away.
- Your dentist may repair a chipped tooth, cracked filling, or damaged veneer or crown with composite resin. Or, you may need a replacement for your restoration. In any case, contact our office as soon as possible so your tooth doesn't worsen.
- Something is stuck between two teeth. Try removing it with dental floss, but do not dig at your gum tissue. If you cannot remove the material, contact your emergency dentist in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT.
Feel better, and preserve your smile
Dr. Philip Bauer and his emergency dentistry team in Stamford, CT, and Greenwich, CT, love their patients and want them to have healthy, intact smiles for life.
If you experience a pressing oral health issue, never hesitate to contact him at Stamford, CT (203) 327-1613 and Greenwich, CT location (203) 661-3277.
Though it may not cause any immediate pain, a cracked tooth is a serious dental problem which your dentist should see right away. Understanding what can cause a cracked tooth and why seeing your dentist is so important can help you know what to do if you notice a cracked tooth. Find out more about treating a cracked tooth with your Stamford and Greenwich, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer.
What causes a cracked tooth?
A tooth may become fractured due to any number of reasons. Often, eating a hard food or candy and biting down on the tooth causes stress and fractures the tooth. Other times, an injury or trauma to the tooth may cause it to crack. Teeth with fillings crack more often than those without due to being weakened by the filling. Large fillings, such as those after a root canal, often require a dental crown to prevent cracking or fracturing.
Why do I need to see my dentist if my cracked tooth does not cause any pain?
Though a cracked tooth may seem insignificant at first, it can cause serious dental complications if left untreated. The crack causes the inside of the tooth, which houses its nerves and blood vessels, to become irritated, eventually causing tooth pain. Additionally, the crack may cause the tooth to shift and pinch the inner tissue, causing a sharp pain that goes away once the tooth shifts back to its normal position. Additionally, the crack can migrate up the tooth to its roots, causing irreversible damage that may result in tooth loss.
Treating a Cracked Tooth in Stamford and Greenwich, CT
Your dentist may suggest a filling or dental crown to repair your cracked tooth. These procedures restore the tooth’s structure, fill in the crack, and make the tooth solid once again. Serious cracks which extend down the tooth’s root may require an extraction and tooth replacement option like a dental implant to restore the tooth’s functionality.
For more information on cracked teeth and their treatments, please contact Dr. Bauer in Stamford and Greenwich, CT. Call to schedule your appointment today!
A cracked tooth, if left untreated, can result in serious complications which could lead to tooth loss. Luckily, there are several simple options to correct a cracked tooth, prevent further damage and restore the appearance of the tooth. Find out more about cracked teeth and their treatments with Dr. Philip Bauer with offices in Stamford and Greenwich, CT.
What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the soft, inner tissues, pulp and nerve of the tooth. The word endodontist comes from Greek, with “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. An endodontist undergoes several extra years of training and education to earn their title. Often, dentists without this specialization refer their patients to an endodontist for complex endodontic issues.
How can my endodontist help my cracked tooth?
Endodontic treatment, more widely referred to as root canal therapy, focuses on removing the decayed or damaged tissue from inside of the tooth to cure an infection while preserving the natural structure of the tooth. The only other option for this situation is to remove the tooth altogether, which comes with its own slew of side effects and problems.
Teeth can crack in several different ways. If the crack remains above the gum line, your endodontist can normally repair it. However, if the crack extends below the gum line onto the tooth’s roots, the chance of saving the tooth becomes slimmer. If left untreated, a cracked tooth could extend down the root until the entire tooth becomes split in half. Endodontic treatment to repair the split may help save a portion of the tooth. A dental crown placed over a treated cracked tooth helps protect it from further damage or becoming split.
Cracked Tooth Treatments in Stamford and Greenwich, CT
If you have a cracked tooth, your endodontist can help you determine the best treatment plan. Some treatments will require a simple root canal and dental crown, while others may require more in-depth procedures like endodontic surgery to repair a root fracture. For more information on cracked teeth and their treatments, please contact Dr. Philip Bauer with offices in Stamford and Greenwich, CT. Call (203) 327-1613 to schedule your appointment at the Stamford office or (203) 661-3277 to schedule your appointment at the Greenwich location today!
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
“Don’t panic” is your first priority when faced with a sudden mouth injury. Of course, that may be easier said than done when you or a family member has just experienced a chipped, fractured or even dislodged tooth.
It helps, therefore, to have some idea beforehand on what to do and, especially, when to do it. You should think in terms of immediate, urgent and less urgent injuries: a tooth completely knocked out of its socket requires immediate action — within 5 minutes of the injury; a tooth that’s moved out of its normal position but still in the socket is an urgent matter that needs professional attention within 6 hours; and a chipped tooth is less urgent, but still needs to be seen by a dentist within 12 hours.
As you may have gathered, the most important thing you can do when a dental injury occurs is to contact our office as soon as possible. If for some reason you can’t, you should visit the nearest emergency center.
There are also some actions you should take for a knocked-out permanent tooth because there’s a chance it can be replanted in the socket if you act within 5 minutes of the injury. First, rinse the tooth with cold, clean water (bottled or tap) if it’s dirty. Be sure to handle it gently, avoiding touching the root. Grasping the crown-end with your thumb and index finger, place the tooth into the empty socket and push it firmly into place. Apply light but firm pressure with your hand or a wad of wet tissue to make sure it doesn’t come out. Don’t worry about correct alignment — we can adjust that later during examination.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, try to locate the broken pieces — it may be possible to re-bond them to the tooth. You should store them in a container with milk or the injured person’s saliva (the same can be done for a knocked out tooth if reinserting it isn’t practical). The broken pieces should then be transported with the injured person to emergency treatment.
Taking these actions may not ultimately save a traumatized tooth, but they will certainly raise its chances for survival.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”