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If you are experiencing a dental issue, you may have questions about whether or not you should visit your dentist during the Covid-19 pandemic. This post is to help you differentiate whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency and what you can do at home to ease discomfort.
After reading these guidelines, you may determine that you need to see a dentist. Please Contact Us by e-mail or call 203-239-2356 / 203-239-0678 so that your issue can be resolved as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency Symptoms
  • Uncontrolled bleeding (does not stop after 20 minutes of applied pressure)
  • Facial swelling extending to the eye or neck
  • Toothache that is preventing sleep
  • Severely broken tooth resulting in pain
  • Tooth fallen out with pain
  • Facial injuries resulting in dislocation or discomfort in jaw
  • Pain or severe swelling in gums
  • Denture adjustment for patients receiving cancer treatment
  • Presence of abnormal tissue causing pain and swelling
Dental Visits You Should Reschedule For Later Date 
  • Regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose / lost: crowns, bridges, veneers
  • Bleeding gums without pain or swelling 
  • Chipped teeth without pain
  • Cavities that aren't causing pain
  • Loose teeth that aren't painful
At-home Pain Management
Minor oral pain, swelling and discomfort can be controlled by following the at-home protocols: 
  •  Over-the-counter pain killers: ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Take according to instructions on package. Patients with fever-like symptoms or Covid-like symptoms should take acetaminophen in preference to ibuprofen.
  • Soft diet (yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Warm salt water rinse
  • 0.2% Chlorhexadine mouth rinse

Tooth Sensitivity

For managing tooth sensitivity at-home the following products can be found online or at your nearest pharmacy:



*Use each product according to instructions on package*


All of us at Gargano Family Dentistry wish you and your family safety & good health throughout these difficult times.
For emergencies, please give us a call at our North Haven office: 203-239-2356 or 203-239-0678. 
By Gargano Family Dentistry
September 04, 2019
Category: Dental Emergency
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

How do you know if you might need a root canal? There are some noticeable signs and symptoms you need to know about. Having root canal therapy can save you from needless pain, and can save your tooth and your smile. Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, offer root canal therapy to help you and your smile.

You will need root canal therapy when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area called the pulp, becomes bruised or damaged. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When this area becomes compromised, inflammation and fluid builds up inside your tooth. The fluid buildup causes tooth pain, which can be severe.

Some of the reasons you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe tooth decay which has penetrated the pulp of your tooth
  • Dental trauma from an accident or injury
  • Repeated tooth stress due to grinding, clenching, or biting hard substances
  • Repeated dental trauma for any reason

When inflammation of the pulp happens, you may notice signs and symptoms like these:

  • Pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pain that continues even after dental treatment is completed
  • Pain that radiates to your jaws, face, or head
  • Sharp pain when you bite down or chew
  • A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
  • Your tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

If you notice these signs or symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist. Dental x-rays and temperature testing are two important ways your dentist can tell if you need root canal therapy.

If you do need a root canal, it’s easier than you think. Your dentist simply creates a tiny opening in the top of your tooth and removes the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative filling is placed inside your tooth. This material will eliminate inflammation and pain. After your pain has subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material and your tooth is sealed up with a small filling.

Root canal therapy is the way to eliminate tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Your smile is important, and root canal therapy can save it. For more information about how root canal therapy can help you, call Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, today!



Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a baseball?

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment 203-239-2356. Let us know about youremergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away.

2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold milk, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.

3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.

4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until bleeding stops

It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it. If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out.

In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to contact your dentist and correct a cracked tooth immediately.