An important benefit to consistently caring for your smile with routine general dental care is that your teeth remain strong and healthy for life. This means they’re less likely to fracture or break, though that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible and will never need treatment. In case of an emergency, your tooth might crack, break, be partially or completely knocked out of its socket, or worse. To help ensure you receive prompt, high-quality care to preserve your smile, we may be able to schedule your emergency appointment the same day you call us.
Handling Your Dental Emergency
- Cracked/fractured tooth – A crack, or fracture, in your tooth can cause varying levels of discomfort, depending on the extent of it. When the discomfort is especially severe, it may indicate a deep fracture that exposes your tooth’s sensitive nerves and tissues. Your treatment may include root canal therapy to remove the exposed and possibly infected tissues, then a dental crown to fully restore the tooth’s compromised structure.
- Broken tooth – If a piece completely breaks off of your tooth, then the discomfort of the damage can be coupled with intense pain and an imbalance feeling when you bite down. The damage can throw your bite off-balance, which can put more stress on it and other teeth that could lead to more severe tooth damage. Depending on its severity, we may recommend placing a porcelain veneer or dental crown to restore your tooth as soon as possible.
- Completely knocked-out tooth – If your tooth is completely knocked out, then its loss can have an even greater affect on your long-term oral health. If possible, collect the tooth and rinse it carefully, then store it in a small container of milk so that you can bring it with you to your dental appointment. We may be able to replant the tooth, though if we can’t, then we can recommend an appropriate, lifelike replacement for it.
Make an Emergency Dental Appointment
Dental emergencies can be stressful and, in some cases, a bit scary. With same-day emergency treatment, we can help you get through it successfully and with minimal damage to your teeth and smile. If you have a dental emergency, then schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.