Dental trauma occurs when you suffer damage from an injury, accident, or physical altercation that causes your tooth to be unfastened from its socket. This can be either partial (dislodged) or complete (avulsed). In both instances, it is essential to receive immediate care. Our emergency dentist in Woonsocket, Paul Morisseau, DMD, will see you promptly, examine the tooth, and take the appropriate action so that you have the best chance of retaining your natural tooth.
You can increase the chances of a positive outcome by taking the right action in a timely manner as soon as you can after the dental trauma has occurred. Unless you have other injuries that take precedence, a hospital is not the right destination. Most ER’s do not have a dentist on staff, and they lack the equipment in their facilities to conduct the necessary work. Try to call our office or have someone do so for you. This will allow our emergency dentist in Woonsocket to be prepared for your arrival. Every second counts. If the tooth is dislodged, try to guide it back into its socket. An avulsed tooth is deprived of the vital moisture needed to keep it viable, so put it into warm water with a pinch of salt, or a container of milk for your trip to our office. And while no one can give you a 100% assurance that your tooth will be saved, everything reasonable will be done toward that end. Depending on the severity of the situation, you may only need a split or wire to hold the tooth in place as it heals, or you could require root canal therapy from our emergency dentist in Woonsocket to repair pulp damage.
We strongly urge you to keep our number programmed in your phone so that you can reach out to us right away when you suffer dental trauma.