Dentistry can’t always be scheduled, sometimes the need for emergency dentistry services arise. When they do, we will work to restore your smile as quickly as possible so that you can put the pain and the injury behind you.
Medical Emergencies in Dentistry
Dental accidents can happen at any time. If you need immediate treatment, we are your solution to feeling better. We proudly offer emergency dentistry to people living in Maynard, MA and the surrounding communities.
Our team is an expert when it comes to dental emergencies. They are knowledgeable on how to quickly and efficiently treat any type of dental emergency so that you can get back to smiling as soon as possible. On top of that, we focus on being an affordable dentist so that your emergency won’t break the bank. We reserve space in our schedule for dental emergencies so that we can treat you the same day you reach out to us.
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma or lost teeth, please call us at 978-897-5020 for a same-day appointment and for dental emergency instructions.
What is a dental emergency?
There are many kinds of dental emergencies. Examples of dental emergencies can be things like a sudden and severe toothache, an accident that chips or cracks a tooth, a damaged or loose restoration, or a lost or damaged tooth. To know if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
- Do you have a painful toothache that will not subside?
- Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
- Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face in combination with a toothache?
- Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
- Are you bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
- Is your jaw injured?
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening and constitute contacting your dental office.
What is not a dental emergency?
If the problem can be taken care of yourself for a few days without seeing your dentists, it likely isn’t a dental emergency. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if the fracture is painful or has left you with trauma inside your mouth, Or, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait a few days to see your dentist.
What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?
The best thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact your dentist, unless it is extremely severe then you should go to the emergency room.
Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be some things you can do at home to ease your pain and help the situation. Some efforts include:
- Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as mouthwash
- If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist
- Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
- Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
- Swish with Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
- Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain
What are you waiting for?
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