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Emergency Dentistry – St. Albans, VT

The Care You Need without the Wait

In the case of a dental emergency, time is always of the essence. An hour or two could mean the difference between keeping or losing a tooth, which is why at St. Albans Dental, we always move our schedule around to see emergency patients as quickly as we can. If you or a loved one is dealing with a terrible toothache or has just sustained a dental injury, give us a call, and we’ll work to schedule an appointment and provide the relief you need as soon as possible with emergency dentistry in St. Albans.

Why Choose St. Albans Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Ideally, any dental emergency should only be handled by professionals, so be sure to give our dental office a call if someone is experiencing extreme dental pain. However, if you’re unable to reach us immediately, there are a few things you can do to help with pain and increase the chances we’ll be able to save a tooth. Depending on your situation, be sure to:

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Thoroughly rinse and floss around the tooth first to remove any food debris that might be stuck and causing the problem. Then, take an OTC medication and/or apply a cold compress to the face. In many cases, the fastest way to stop a toothache and save the tooth from extraction is with a root canal.

Learn About Root Canals

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can help manage any pain or swelling. Our team is usually able to repair even the most damaged teeth, but if the tooth is too far gone, we may have to perform an extraction instead.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Find the tooth, rinse off any debris while NOT touching the root, and be sure to keep it wet until we can see you. This will keep the tooth alive so it can be successfully replanted. You can do this by putting it back into its socket, holding it between the cheeks and gums, or storing it in a container with milk or saltwater.

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Lost Filling/Crown

While a loose or dislodged dental restoration might not seem like a big deal, it’s still important to have it repaired ASAP before the exposed tooth develops any decay or damage. Until we’re able to see you, place the restoration back onto the tooth, and avoid chewing with it.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Fortunately, you can avoid the vast majority of dental emergencies just by:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The best way to minimize the cost of treating a dental emergency (other than avoiding one altogether) is to come see us as fast as you can. This will enable our team to minimize any damage to the smile while also stopping the pain. To make this kind of care more affordable, St. Albans Dental welcomes dental insurance and offers financing, and we even have our own In-House Savings Plan. Whatever your situation might be, taking care of a dental emergency quickly is always better than waiting for something to get worse, because it will likely require even more costly care to be fixed later!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Are you still unsure of what to do in case a dental emergency in St. Albans occurs? When you contact our office, our team will walk you through first-aid steps and make sure that you get the necessary dental treatment as soon as possible. For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.

Should I visit the ER or the emergency dentist?

Making the decision of whether to go to your ER or emergency dentist in the midst of a crisis can seem impossible, especially if this is your first time dealing with one. Although the ER may seem like the best choice initially, that’s not always the case unless you’re handling an issue that’s life threatening, like a fractured or broken jaw, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or a deep facial laceration that requires stitches. Otherwise, your emergency dentist in St. Albans is definitely your best bet. They can provide you with specialized care that prevents the issue from reoccurring. Plus, you’ll be less likely to be in a waiting room with people who are sick!

Will my toothache go away on its own?

As much as you may be wishing that your toothache or oral pain will disappear by itself, that’s often not the case. In fact, the longer you wait to get oral health emergencies treated, oftentimes, the worse they become. That’s why we recommend contacting our office as soon as possible so we can offer you over-the-phone guidance and pain-relieving tips. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible to examine your mouth and diagnose and treat the situation so you won’t have to spend your entire day worrying. 

How can I tell if my situation requires urgent dental attention?

The best way to tell if your oral health problem requires urgent attention from a dentist is if it’s causing you pain or discomfort. Oftentimes, this is your body letting you know that something serious is wrong, and it needs to be addressed immediately. You can also contact our office and let us know your symptoms, and we’ll let you know if it requires immediate care. Some of the most common dental emergencies we deal with are:

How can I get rid of facial swelling?

If your face is swelling, it’s likely the result of dental trauma or a severe tooth infection. You can bring the swelling down by placing a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes, and then letting the area rest without the compress for 10 minutes, alternating these steps for up to an hour. If you’re in pain, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.

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