Common Calls for Adult Emergencies

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Chestnut Dental offers on call service for our patients in cases of dental emergencies.  Here are some of the more common calls we get from our adult patients:

If your permanent tooth gets knocked out, try to put the tooth back into place.  Remember not to touch or rinse off the root of the tooth.  Hold it only by the crown of the tooth. If unable to get the tooth in place, please keep the tooth moist by placing it in milk or between your cheek and gums and give us a call.

For any trauma to your lip or soft tissues, clean the area and use a cold compress to minimize swelling.  Check to make sure no parts of teeth are missing.  Rinse with a salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) and if bleeding persists, a good trick is to apply a oistened tea bag to the area and keep pressure.

Crowns sometimes come off.  Pharmacies sell temporary cement materials.  Make sure you know how the crown fits back on, and you can apply some material into the crown and seat.

Another common call is for a chipped tooth.  They can be sharp and sensitive to temperature.  Pharmacies sell a temporary filling paste that can cover the sharp edges and minimize sensitivity. Sugar free gum can also be placed over the chipped area.  If the tooth is a front tooth, please try to find the broken piece and keep it moist in milk or saliva.  Bring the piece in and we can sometimes bond it back into place.

Abscesses are infections related to teeth or gums.  Look for swelling and redness.  Try to keep the area clean and rinse with a mild salt water solution several times a day.  These infections can spread quickly so please call us.


Martin Spielmann, DMD
Adult Dentist, Needham office

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