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Emergency Dentist – Manchester, NH

Easing Your Pain and Preventing Further Damage

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It’s safe to say that the majority of dental emergencies occur at the most inconvenient and least-expected times. Being prepared and having some of the best dentists at your service, like Dr. Fromuth and Dr. Langlois, can help minimize the stress of the situation and keep a small problem from turning into something more serious down the road. At the first sign of dental distress, be sure to give us a call. Our team of professionals will be more than happy to walk you through any necessary first aid until you reach our office. If you’re anxious or worried, we also offer sedation dentistry so you can feel relaxed and comfortable while you’re getting the care you need.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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It’s important to handle dental emergencies quickly and rationally, but sometimes this can be incredibly difficult, especially if you’re in pain. If you’re experiencing any severe discomfort, be sure to contact us as soon as possible. That way, we can ease your pain and keep your mouth as healthy as possible. While you’re on your way to our office, you’ll want to follow these steps to minimize your discomfort and reduce your risk of additional damage.


Before visiting your emergency dentist, try flossing your teeth to see if your pain is being caused by a lodged piece of food debris. If your toothache persists, the problem could be more serious, so give us a call.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

For broken or chipped teeth, be sure to rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to get rid of any debris. You can apply a cold compress if you notice any swelling starting to occur. Bring any large pieces of your tooth to your appointment as well. If there’s a sharp edge that’s poking or irritating your mouth, you can place orthodontic wax over the area or a piece of sugar-free gum.

Knocked-Out Tooth

For a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. Try to get to our office within an hour of the accident so we can have a greater chance of reattaching it. In the meantime, keep it moist by trying to place it back in the socket it came from or store it in a baggie of milk.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily place it back in your mouth using toothpaste or denture adhesive that you can find at your local drug store. Be sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment to either professionally reattach it or replace it as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies aren’t just inconvenient, but when they’re left untreated, they can result in costly and invasive treatments. That’s why we recommend acting fast to keep the small problems from turning into serious ones. The best way to reduce your risk of experiencing a dental mishap is to keep up with your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice each day and flossing. Also, when you visit our practice for routine checkups and cleanings, we can make you aware of any risk of damage and help you avoid preventable problems caused by habits like teeth grinding.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for dental checkups? This way, any potential oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, or teeth grinding can be detected and treated as early as possible. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, you should get a routine dental checkup and cleaning every six months to prevent dental emergencies.

Practice Great Dental Hygiene Habits

Daily dental habits as simple as brushing and flossing every day go a long way in keeping your teeth strong and free of infection. Harmful oral bacteria and plaque naturally build up on your teeth, gums, and tongue all day and night long, so it’s essential you routinely clear these particles away with great dental hygiene habits.

Maintain a Nutritious Diet

It’s common knowledge that overindulging in sugary treats can quickly lead to a mouth full of painful cavities. However, that’s not the only way what you eat influences your oral health. Chewing on hard foods, eating sticky snacks, and drinking acidic beverages quickly wears down your enamel and weakens your teeth. This in turn puts you at a much higher risk of chipped, sensitive, and decayed teeth. Instead, make sure to eat plenty of foods high in calcium and vitamin C to keep your smile bright and healthy.

Wear A Mouthguard

 A custom-made sports mouthguard is an essential piece of safety equipment for anyone who enjoys being active or playing sports. These little appliances shield the teeth, protect the jaw, and may even be able to reduce your risk of a concussion.

You may also need a mouthguard if you grind your teeth in your sleep. This condition is known as bruxism. Not only does it cause jaw soreness and headaches, but the extra pressure grinds away at the enamel and can cause dental fractures. A custom nightguard will encourage the muscles in your jaw to relax and cushion your pearly whites as you sleep.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

At times, it may feel convenient to use your teeth as a tool to open bags, containers, or packages. While this may save you a few minutes in the moment, it could easily cost you much more time and money visiting your emergency dentist for a chipped or broken tooth! Always keep the right tools somewhere easy to get to so you’re not tempted to use your teeth instead.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Every dental emergency is unique, which is why there’s no fixed price to apply to every situation. At Fromuth & Langlois Dental of Manchester, we develop customized treatments that are tailored to your needs, including stopping any pain and restoring your smile to look as good as new. We do offer multiple options for patients who don’t have dental insurance, including in-house membership plans for children and adults that include one emergency exam each year.  We also work with each of our patients to ensure that their treatment is as affordable as possible.

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but they are more common than many people realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans faces one each year. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you might not know what to do. We’re here to help you through the difficult time. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the top questions we’re asked to help you make the right choices for your smile.

Should I go to the emergency room?

When the unexpected strikes, your first instinct might be to head to the hospital; however, this isn’t the right place to go. Most hospital emergency departments aren’t equipped to handle dental issues. Often, the most they can do is prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers. They can’t address the root cause of the problem. As a result, it’s best to contact your emergency dentist. If you suspect you have a broken jaw or a medical emergency, go to the hospital first. We’ll be here to help you after you’ve been released.

Can I wait to see my dentist?

No one has time in their day for an unplanned dental visit. It’s tempting to wait to see your dentist after you have a bit more flexibility in your schedule, but this could cause you to lose your tooth. As with any emergency, time is of the highest importance.

If you wait too long to see your dentist, it could cause irreversible damage to your tooth. As a result, we may have no other option but to extract it. It’s always best to see your dentist as soon as possible. We know your time is valuable, which is why we embrace the latest technologies and offer flexible office hours to better accommodate your busy schedule.

Is it better to have a problematic tooth extracted?

If you have a damaged tooth giving you grief, it’s tempting to eliminate the problem at its source with an extraction. Although this provides an immediate solution to stop your pain or discomfort, it will lead to new issues down the road.

Every tooth is invaluable to your dental health. If you lose even one, you’ll have a higher risk of several new problems, like cavities, gum disease, jaw pain, and additional tooth loss. You’ll also need to permanently invest in a prosthetic. You can skip the hassle and complications by saving your tooth. We’ll do everything we can to preserve your natural tooth. If the only solution is an extraction, we’ll explain your replacement options to restore a complete smile.

Will my dental insurance pay for emergency care?

Every policy differs, but most dental insurances cover at least 1 emergency visit per year. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay-out-of-pocket. We’ll discuss your payment options for any remaining balance, like CareCredit. We will help you find the solutions you need to treat your emergency without breaking the bank.

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