Emergency Dentistry – Wethersfield, CT
Fast & Effective Relief from Dental Emergencies
At Dolan Dental, we understand that emergency situations tend to strike when someone is least expecting it – maybe your child fell on the playground and knocked out a tooth, or maybe what was once slight discomfort in the mouth has suddenly blossomed into severe, ongoing pain.
Whatever your situation is, Dr. Brendan Dolan and Dr. Riley Gionfriddo have one important goal: to provide fast, effective relief! That’s why our team treats urgent cases as soon as we possibly can. Don’t hesitate to give our Wethersfield, CT office a call today to schedule your first appointment. We also welcome patients from Rocky Hill, CT, and other surrounding areas!
Why Choose Dolan Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Compassionate Team of Dentists
- Dental Sedation Available
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
- Call Our Team: The first step you should always take during a dental emergency is to call our team so we can schedule your appointment for as soon as possible. We try to see patients in pain the same day they call.
- First Aid Guidance: We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first aid guidance to minimize any additional damage to your smile.
- Emergency Examination & Pain Relief: As soon as you arrive, we’ll examine your teeth and gums and collect any necessary diagnostic imaging to diagnose the issue at hand. We’ll also provide you with sedation or medication to help ease your pain.
- Treatment Plan Review: Once we’ve diagnosed the problem, we’ll go over our treatment plan with you, along with a detailed cost estimate.
- Get Your Smile’s Health Back on Track: As soon as you agree to move forward with our proposed treatment plan, we’ll get to work restoring the health of your smile.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can either occur in a flash, like in the case of falling and breaking a tooth, or they can gradually arise, such as an infection that results in a severe toothache. Whatever the case may be, your emergency dentist in Wethersfield is more than prepared to handle it. In between the time you call us and reach our office, here are some basic tips to help you deal with your situation.
Below, we’ve listed some of the most common dental emergencies that we treat. However, even if you don’t see your exact situation listed, we recommend calling us if you’re experiencing out of the ordinary symptoms or oral discomfort.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
The amount you’ll have to pay for your emergency treatment will depend on the extent of the damage. For example, a minor treatment like reattaching a crown will cost significantly less than replacing a knocked-out tooth. When you come to see us, our first priority will be getting you out of pain. From there, we can formulate a treatment plan tailored to your unique smile needs. Rest assured that our friendly and helpful team will do our utmost to restore your oral health without breaking the bank!
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
While there’s no surefire way to prevent a dental emergency 100% of the time, there are a few precautions you can take to lessen their likelihood of occurring, such as:
- Do your best to avoid foods that are overly tough to chew, sticky, or hard. Additionally, don’t bite down on the ice in drinks.
- Always use scissors to open difficult packaging instead of your own teeth.
- Be sure to wear a mouthguard if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), or if you regularly participate in sports where physical contact can happen.
- Make sure to attend regular checkups every six months (or twice yearly) with your dentist in Wethersfield. By regularly inspecting your smile, we can locate and treat little problems before they spiral into big ones.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Dental emergencies seem to happen out of the blue, so it is completely understandable that you have some unanswered questions. After all, it can be difficult to know what to do when you are experiencing stress and discomfort. The good news is that we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental emergencies in Wethersfield. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and help you navigate your emergency.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Toothaches don’t generally go away on their own. Because of this, it’s best to schedule a checkup with your dentist to ensure that nothing is wrong. There are many potential causes for a toothache, and you’ll want to rule them out with a professional as soon as possible. Doing this can help you to catch underlying issues before they become more serious.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
Unfortunately, most emergency rooms aren’t able to address dental emergencies effectively. However, there are a few main exceptions where the ER is a better option. You should head to the ER if you have experienced a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that’s swollen to the point of affecting breathing or swallowing. In pretty much all other circumstances, you should visit a dentist first.
Do I need to visit for minor chips to teeth?
Teeth are unable to heal on their own when they are chipped, fractured, or otherwise broken. This means the tooth will only become damaged further if you don’t seek treatment. Depending on how severe the break is, there are several different possible solutions. It is especially important to head to the dental office if the chipped tooth is sharp or jagged, as this can cut your gums or oral tissue.
Are toothpicks safe to use?
Toothpicks, particularly wooden ones, are not the safest option out there. When you use them, it is easy to damage your enamel and gum tissue, and wooden toothpicks can splinter in the mouth. It is even possible to push food debris further between the tooth or under the gumline, therefore causing issues. Toothpicks should only be used as a last resort.