Emergency Dentistry – Newton, MA
Same-Day Care for Severe Dental Pain
Whether you’re dealing with an awful toothache or your child has just sustained a dental injury, everyone is always surprised by dental emergencies. Most people really don’t know what to do in these situations, but our team is happy to make things nice and simple: just call Newton Corner Dental Care. Dr. Anjomi and our team are able to quickly stop any pain and will take the stress out of even the direst situation. Just give us a call, and we’ll schedule you for an appointment for emergency dentistry in Newton, MA without delay—hopefully the same day!
Why Choose Newton Corner Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Highly-Skilled Team with Years of Experience
- Patient Comfort Always Comes First
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Immediately after a dental emergency has occurred, the very first thing you should do is contact our dental office. Explain your situation, and we’ll let you know whether or not you need to come see us immediately. We can also walk you through some first-aid tips over the phone. While it’s important that you come to see us quickly, there are a few steps you can take on your own to provide some temporary relief:
Clean around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck and causing the pain. If the problem persists, go ahead and take an OTC medication and/or apply a cold compress to the face. Do NOT put aspirin directly on the gums, as this can damage them.
Recover any pieces of the tooth you can find, put them in a safe container, and be sure to bring them to our dental office. To deal with any pain or swelling, use a cold compress on the face in 10-minute intervals. Cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent it from injuring the inside of the mouth.
Find the tooth, gently rinse it off with water while avoiding the root, and try to keep it wet until we can see you. This will keep the tooth alive so we can splint it back into place. You can do this by putting the tooth back into the socket, holding it between the cheek and gums, or storing it in a container with milk or saltwater.
Lost Filling / Crown
After cleaning off the restoration, try to place it back onto your tooth until we can repair it. This will help protect the newly exposed dental structure from decay. A little dab of toothpaste should help it remain stable. If you experience any sensitivity or pain, take an OTC medication.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While having an emergency dentist nearby is nice, you’d probably prefer to avoid a painful or broken tooth in the first place, right? These simple tips will help you do exactly that:
- Use a mouthguard whenever you play sports.
- Don’t chew on extremely hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- If you have trouble opening a package, go grab the scissors before using your teeth!
- Brush and floss every day and get a checkup every six months. These simple practices will take care of little problems so they can’t turn into big emergencies down the road.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Many people worry that they won’t be able to afford emergency dental care, and as a result, they don’t seek out treatment. This is always a mistake as oral health problems do not get better on their own. Acting quickly will allow us to handle a situation before it inevitably becomes much worse and requires more extensive care. To help make any necessary services more affordable, we’re happy to accept all dental insurance plans, and we offer low-to-no interest financing as well.
Frequently Asked Questions – Emergency Dentistry
Even under perfectly ideal circumstances, dealing with a dental emergency is no one’s idea of a good time. You have to stop everything you’re doing to travel to the office of your emergency dentist as soon as you can. Additionally, most people have no idea what to do when they’re suddenly faced with a dental emergency. To help you out, we’ve compiled and answered this list of frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.
How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Emergency?
There are many different kinds of dental problems, from a mild toothache to a completely dislodged tooth, so it can be hard to tell which ones warrant giving us a call. As a rule of thumb, the most common signs that you need emergency care are intense pain, bleeding from the mouth, and teeth that are broken, loose, or missing altogether. Even if you’re unsure that what you’re going through counts as a dental emergency, it’s best to be on the safe side and call us anyway. Ignoring and putting off treatment for even a small dental issue can cause the problem to worsen in the future.
What If My Toothache Goes Away on Its Own?
If your tooth pain subsides, you might at first be relieved. You may be under the impression that if your toothache fades away by itself, that the tooth has healed. Unfortunately, if your toothache was due to an infection, it usually means the exact opposite. Typically, when a toothache goes away on its own, it means that the infection has spread to the nerve in the center of the tooth, effectively “killing” the tooth. The brain no longer receives pain signals from the tooth, which is why you don’t feel any discomfort. At this point, your tooth may need to be extracted, unless we can save it with root canal therapy.
Are Sensitive Teeth Considered a Dental Emergency?
In the short term, tooth sensitivity is typically not treated as a dental emergency. However, if your sensitivity is confined to a single tooth or area of your mouth, that is a different matter. It could be a sign that your tooth or gums are infected. In this case, it’s better to err on the side of caution and give us a call. Sometimes all you need is a prescription of desensitizing toothpaste or antibiotics, but in other cases, you might require a root canal or gum disease therapy.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, your first instinct might be to call your local hospital. However, this should only be done as a last resort, such as if we are closed and you have knocked out a tooth. Some oral health problems are best treated in the emergency room, such as a broken jaw, profuse bleeding, or extreme swelling of the mouth or throat.
For the majority of other dental emergencies, though, you’re much better off calling our office. Most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff, so they’re not equipped to deal with urgent oral health issues like we are. At best, the ER doctors may be able to prescribe antibiotics or pain medication, but they typically can’t address the root of the problem in the way that we can.