Frequently Asked Questions During Current COVID-19 Response Period
We are continually focused on the health and wellbeing of our team and our patients. The next time you visit us, you will notice many changes, all of which are designed to treat dental pathology in a compassionate and healthy environment.
We are continually focused on the health and well being of our team and our patients. The next time you visit us, you will notice many changes, all of which are designed to treat dental pathology in a compassionate and healthy environment.
We are currently scheduling patients for all specialty services. Please call our office for more information or to schedule your appointment.
The following symptoms will generally qualify as a dental emergency:
If any of these match your symptoms, please call our offices immediately. Treatment for the above may include a prescription for antibiotics over the phone or the need for an office visit. For all other minor issues, such as minor toothaches, we encourage you to use home remedies whenever possible.
Assuming you can recover the missing tooth, take immediate action to save it until we can get you into the office. If possible, the best course of action is to place the tooth back into its socket. If the tooth is heavily dirtied, you can lightly remove any debris, but try not to wash it thoroughly with any liquids. Replacing the tooth may be possible immediately after a trauma event, but not shortly thereafter due to the formation of a blood clot or other traumatized oral structures getting in the way. If the tooth cannot be replaced into the socket, saving the tooth in a preservative is the next best option. Pasteurized milk or coconut water are fine tooth preservatives, however, pre-made tooth-saving solutions found at your local pharmacy are much more optimal. We recommend buying some to keep in a dental emergency kit at home for such rare occurrences. Do not rinse the tooth before placing it in your preservative.
If your tooth breaks beneath your gums, you should contact Hamilton Dental Associates immediately. Removal of the tooth or the tooth’s root may be necessary. For any other cracks or chips that may occur, we recommend taking acetaminophen to keep the pain under control until you can be seen. Rinsing your mouth with warm water may also help with the pain.
If you are experiencing a toothache or gum pain, we recommend that you use either a cold compress on the affected area or take acetaminophen to numb the pain temporarily. We also advise you to avoid any foods that are particularly hot or cold and to stay away from sweets that can increase your pain levels. Gargling salt water can help with instances of swollen gums. If swelling is present, it may be the sign that the active decay of a tooth (cavity) has spread to the underlying tissues. This requires immediate attention through either an antibiotic prescription, emergency tooth pulp removal or tooth extraction. Calling our office and discussing the symptoms with a doctor or qualified staff member is necessary to determine the correct path forward.