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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD

General Dentistry located in Hartford, CT

There’s no way to plan for a dental emergency, whether you suffer an accident, older dental work fails, or a severe toothache arises. Luckily, Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD, will do what she can to accommodate your emergency at her practice in Hartford, Connecticut. Contact the office by phone as soon as possible if a dental emergency occurs.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What constitutes a dental emergency?

If you’re in severe discomfort or pain due to any problem with your teeth or mouth, it’s potentially a dental emergency. There are some obvious emergencies, such as oral facial trauma that causes broken or missing teeth, typically accompanied by extensive bleeding from the soft tissue. Other emergencies may be less obvious, such as when the onset of a toothache grows over several hours.

Severe toothaches are an emergency, since the severity of the pain may bring your daily life to a halt. Signs of infection that accompany tooth pain or discomfort are significant as well. If you have an abscess forming at the root area of the tooth, you may experience fever along with discomfort or pain.

Bleeding without damage to any teeth may be an emergency if your intervention at home doesn’t slow the rate of bleeding. Having a foreign object stuck between your teeth may be uncomfortable or painful, and if you can’t dislodge the object with dental floss, then this too may be a dental emergency.

The most common symptoms and services including, but not limited to:

  • Tooth Fracture (Cracked tooth)
  • Facial Trauma
  • Tooth pain
  • Knocked out permanent tooth
  • Extraction
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Dental Trauma management

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

Contact Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD immediately. Patients with emergencies can often be seen immediately during office hours. If your emergency is after hours, follow the instructions provided by the answering service.

If your emergency includes a tooth that’s knocked out, retrieve the tooth and keep it with you and keep it moist at all times. If you can, put the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If you can’t do that, instead place it in between your cheek and gums. You can also put it in milk. Then contact our dental office right away for possible reimplantation.

If you have a cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to help clean the area. If you have any swelling, keep the swelling down by applying a cold compress to your face.

If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and then apply a cold compress.

If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Then gently use floss to remove any food caught between your teeth.

If you think you have a dental emergency, contact Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD right away. Patients with emergencies can often be seen immediately during office hours. If your emergency is after hours, follow the instructions provided by the answering service.

What can I do to prevent dental emergencies?

Teeth that are weakened by decay or disease are most prone to dental emergencies, so making sure you have cavities and gum disease properly treated is important for avoiding emergencies. Seeing the dentist regularly is the best way to catch problems early, including small cavities and loose fillings or crowns. It's also important not to use your teeth as tools to pry off bottle caps or for other purposes, to avoid very sticky foods that could dislodge a weak or loose filling or crown, and to avoid chewing ice or hard candies that can cause teeth, fillings, crowns or veneers to break. Wearing a mouth guard when playing sports is very important for preventing emergencies as well.

If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD right away.