Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry at Lighthouse Dental Care

toothacheIt’s highly convenient when dental emergencies happen during your dentist’s normal business hours. If it happens after hours, you may be in some trouble. If this happens to you, and you don’t have access to a hospital with a dental clinic, you may have to take care of the situation until you can get in to see your dentist. Injury to your teeth or gums can be very serious.

Here is what to do for several common dental emergencies.


Got a toothache that is killing you? Rinse your mouth with warm water clove oil. If there is any food lodged in between teeth, use dental floss to remove it. Use a cold compress if your mouth is swollen, and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

broken-toothIf possible, save any pieces that have broken off. Again, rinse your mouth with warm water, and if there is any bleeding, use a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding. If there are pieces of the tooth that are still attached, do not scrub it or try in any way to remove it. If a tooth gets knocked out, it’s best to get in to see your dentist within an hour so he stands a good chance of saving being able to reattach it.

Partially Dislodged Teeth

Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth directly over the affected tooth. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aleve and Advil may offer some relief until you are able to see your dentist.

Lost Fillings

If you have lost a filling, a piece of sugarless gum can be stuck into the place of the filling until you are able to see your dentist to have it replaced.

Lost Crowns

If you lose a crown, make an appointment with your dentist, and be sure to bring the crown along with you. If the tooth is bothering you, use a swab of cotton to apply clove oil to the area causing you pain. If you do not have any clove oil, it can be found at just about any drug store. If at all possible, slip the crown back over the tooth.

Broken Braces

broken-bracesIf a wire breaks and is causing you discomfort, use the eraser end of a pencil to push it back in place. If the wire cannot be moved for whatever reason, cover the sharp end with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze until you can see your orthodontist. Never, ever try and cut the wires of your braces, as you could swallow a piece of it and choke.


An abscess can cause a great deal of discomfort. It is an infection located near the root of a tooth, or in between a tooth and the gum. These are serious as they can cause tissue damage, as well as damage to teeth and supporting bone. If not treated, the infection could very well spread to other parts of the body.

Rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution until you can see your dentist to have this treated and use over-the-counter pain relievers to deal with the pain.

For more information or to book an appointment, please get in touch with us. You can give us a call at (203) 742-1027.

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our Location

Lighthouse Dental Care

88 Ryders Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: (203) 742-1027
Fax: (203) 380-8390