Emergency Dentistry in West Seneca
No matter what kind of emergency you’re facing, the circumstances are almost always unsettling and often frightening. The best thing you can do is stay as calm as possible and put a plan into action. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, then your hospital emergency room is usually not the place to go. Instead, head over to Applegate Dental. One of our dentists will be able to accurately assess your situation and treat appropriately. If necessary, we’ll squeeze you in for a same day appointment—nothing is more important than preserving your smile and eliminating pain.
If You Can, Call First
We understand if you’re not able to call ahead to let us know you’re on the way and to give us an idea of your emergency. However, if possible call (716) 668-4646 and speak to one of our office staff. We’ll give you advice on how to handle your emergency until you get to our office, and we’ll be all the more prepared to see you when you arrive.
Next, Stop The Bleeding
As with a medical emergency, the most important first step is to stop any bleeding. Because blood in the mouth mixes with saliva, there may look to be more blood than is actually there. In any case, however, use a clean, soft cloth or a piece of gauze and apply firm pressure to the site. If bleeding does not stop or significantly subside within 10 minutes, then you should go to a hospital emergency room.
Dealing with Your Dental Emergency
Different dental emergencies call for different responses. Here is what you should do in a few common emergency situations.
Knocked Out Tooth.Believe it or not, a knocked out tooth may be salvageable if you are seen in our office within 30 minutes of the accident. Once you control the bleeding, the next step is to care for the tooth. Rinse the tooth in water. Touch only the crown and avoid the root. Place the tooth back in its socket and gently bite if possible, otherwise keep the tooth in your cheek or store it in a container filled with milk.
Broken Tooth. Treatment depends on the severity of the break. If you have the broken portion, then bring it with you. The dentist may be able to use it in rebuilding your tooth. In the case of a deep fracture, the nerve of the tooth may be affected. For this type of dental emergency, root canal therapy may be necessary to preserve the remaining structure.
Severe Toothache. Excruciating tooth pain may be indicative of an infected tooth. You can apply a cold compress and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve the pain. The dentist will determine if your tooth is infected and needs a root canal.
If your dental emergency happens after hours, contact our regular office number and follow the instructions to get in touch with someone right away.