Accidents can happen at all times of the day or night. Some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until our normal business hours.
Some common types of mouth injuries include cracked, broken, or knocked out teeth, which can be a result of biting on a piece of food that is too hard, a sports-related injury, a fall, or any other type of accident. Depending on the severity of the injury and where the tooth is located, it is possible that a chipped tooth or minor fracture can wait to see the dentist, but Dr. Basil urges you to call her to discuss it. If you call the office number, it will roll over when the office is closed, and you will get a speedy reply.
If the crack is severe, there is a large piece of the tooth missing, or the tooth has nerve damage or is knocked out completely, you should seek immediate medical attention. While you are waiting, if the tooth is knocked out, try to handle it as little as possible. See if you can put the tooth back in the socket, biting down on moistened gauze or a wet tea bag can help. Be very careful not to swallow the tooth!
If you can't get the tooth to stay in the socket for the journey to the dentist or emergency room, rinse it off to get rid of any visible dirt and keep it in a container of milk or your saliva until a professional can see you. You can apply a cold, wet compress to help with any bleeding coming from the tooth socket.
If it is your child's tooth, you can put it in your own mouth between your cheek and gum until you both get to see Dr. Basil, or the Emergency Room. True story: Dr. Basil was present at an elementary school event when a child in a bounce castle had her front teeth ripped out on the netting. Dr. Basil instructed the father to put the teeth in his own mouth on their way to emergency treatment. The girl is an adult now, and her teeth were able to be completely reinserted and are still viable and are not even discolored. Her entire extended family are now patients of Dr. Basil.
Sometimes the problem won't be as clear-cut as a knocked out or broken tooth; you may find yourself dealing with severe tooth pain, from an abscess tooth, for example. If you think you need emergency dental care, call your dentist's office first. Dr. Basil always finds room for emergency dental care in her West Hartford dental office and her New Britain dental office.
Even if you know the office is closed, go ahead and call.