We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 978.470.4555 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.


How to Deal With a Dental Emergency

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry

Ouch! Our teeth have an easy way of becoming a problem if not cared for properly. And if we don’t seek help to treat simple problems, they can turn quite dangerous. Here are a couple of issues that can arise and simple explanations on what to do immediately if they occur!

If you are experiencing a bleeding tongue cause from biting it, simply apply a cold compress. This will help reduce any swelling. But if you have painful swelling, you may have an infected area (abscess) that can cause serious issues and needs immediate dental attention.
As for teeth, if you break a tooth, call your dentist immediately, and apply that cold compress after gargling some warm water. If the tooth is just loose, however, take some over-the-counter pain reliever (like Tylenol or Advil). You should still call your dentist and get into the office as soon as possible to see if it is able to be put back into place. If your tooth is severely aching, be careful and floss in between to make sure nothing is stuck and rinse thoroughly. Same goes for objects being stuck in the teeth: if it’s something small, try diligent, thorough flossing. If you can’t, or if the object is causing you serious pain, call your dentist.
Now as for any objects actually on your teeth that fall off, such as loose fillings, crowns, or damaged braces: put the crown or filling or brace that fell off in a safe place, so that it possibly could be reapplied, and immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. You can apply warm water and oil to the area to decrease sensitivity.

We understand that these are just a few of the issues that can arise. Note that all require you to seek future dental help if it is severe enough, but until you can get yourself to the dentist, try these suggestions to ease the pain.



Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims

Between the crack of the bottle cap, the bubbly fizz, the first refreshing sip, and zero calories to boot—diet soda can be totally addicting. But is it possible to enjoy this delight without any side effects? A new study states that diet soda could indeed be as “damaging to teeth as methamphetamine, or cocaine.” When […]


Are you better off without toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately come to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste – a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, […]


Recognizing and Treating Gingivitis

When we think about oral health, one of the major parts of our mouth that can cause problems is the gum. If gums become red and often bleed, it may be an indication of gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease. One is called gingivitis and the other, periodontitis. Periodontitis is the […]


Bridges vs. Implants

If you are missing several teeth you know how difficult it can be. Missing teeth can cause problems with speech, chewing, and in some more serious cases, even the overall shape of the face. While these challenges may seem difficult and impossible to fix, there are things that can be done to restore your smile […]


How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Whether it was a car accident, a fall, or some other traumatic mishap that led to you harming your teeth, here is a guide on what to do if you chip, crack, break, dislodge, or lose a tooth. Oftentimes, traumatic accidents can damage your teeth. When that occurs, a dentist can help fix the problem, […]

69 Park Street, Andover, MA 01810
| |
Fax: 978.470.8844
  • Call 978.470.4555 or fill out the form below.

[contact-form-7 id="244" title="Request Appointment"]
[contact-form-7 id="1341" title="A04 Appointment"]