It’s hard to think clearly in the middle of a dental emergency. Whether it’s your own teeth or a loved one’s that are hurting or severely damaged, moments used deciding what to do can make all the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Thankfully for Braintree families, high-quality urgent dental care is just a phone call away. Pinnacle Dental is more than ready to help those experiencing a dental emergency, and unlike your local ER, we won’t make you wait to get the attention you need. Just give us a call, and we’ll move our schedule around so we’re able to see you right away.
Whether you’re dealing with a terrible toothache or a knocked-out tooth, the best thing you can do in any dental emergency is reach out for professional care as quickly as you can. Ideally, you’d be able to head to Pinnacle Dental immediately, but if this isn’t possible for any reason, here are a few handy tips on how to handle certain dental emergencies on your own:
First, clean around the tooth to make sure the pain isn’t being caused by a piece of food debris that’s stuck between the teeth. If the pain persists, then the problem is likely due to an infection or crack in the enamel, in which case an OTC medication and cold compress can help provide temporary relief.
After recovering as much of the tooth that you can, gently rinse the mouth with warm water, and apply a cold compress to the face to reduce any swelling. The remaining tooth should be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent it from cutting the inside of the mouth.
Find the tooth, clean off any debris without touching the root, and attempt to place it back into the socket. The tooth must stay wet to keep it alive and viable for replanting, so if it won’t stay in place, store it either between the cheek and gums or in a container of milk or saltwater. Try to come see us as quickly as you can in this situation!
Rinse off any debris from the restoration, and try to place it back onto the tooth. This is the best way to prevent any additional decay or damage from developing. Avoid chewing with the tooth, and if the restoration won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste can serve as a temporary adhesive.
If you have a broken, missing, or decayed tooth, the last thing you want is to spend several weeks of wearing a temporary restoration before getting the permanent crown or bridge you need. Thankfully, at Pinnacle Dental, we’re ready to make the pain go away and restore your smile as quickly as possible! Our CEREC same-day restorations allow us to design, create, and place crowns and bridges in just a single appointment, so you can get back to enjoying your smile right away.
While dental emergencies can’t be prevented 100% (just like any other), the following tips will dramatically lower your chances of experiencing one:
In short, the cost of treating a dental emergency is always different because every situation is unique. When a patient comes to see us, we’ll quickly figure out what is causing the problem, try to provide some measure of pain relief, and then we can discuss how to fix any damage. For patients in need of more extensive care, we’re happy to at least stop any discomfort and then work out a long-term treatment plan.
As much as you’d like to avoid a dental emergency, it can happen when you least expect it. The last thing you want is for one to strike and not be prepared to properly respond. So the more you know in advance, the better off you’ll be. Throughout the years, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about dental emergencies, and we’d like to pass the information along to you. Continue reading as we provide the answers you need.
No matter what type you have, a dental emergency should never be ignored. Here are some of the typical indicators that you need to give us a call:
In most cases, you should contact us to schedule an emergency visit. However, there are two situations that we strongly suggest you immediately head to the ER for: oral bleeding that lasts for more than 10 minutes and a broken jaw. These are time sensitive matters that require an even greater sense of urgency.
One of the reasons that we encourage you to contact us at the first signs of a dental emergency is so you can limit the amount of suffering you have to endure. The sooner we can examine you and address the problem, the less complex the treatment will need to be. No matter what type of issue you’re dealing with, you can expect to get relief from the pain and fully recover.
We don’t just treat problems at our Braintree office. We also educate our patients about how they can prevent similar issues in the future. That’s because we whole-heartedly believe that preventive dental care is the best form of treatment you can receive. Thus, after we restore your oral health, we’ll equip you with the tools and information to protect yourself down the road.
A main reason for maintaining dental insurance is to know that you’re protected if you find yourself in an unforeseen situation. Thus, it can come in handy when a dental emergency strikes. While all plans differ, you can usually count on having a portion of your emergency dental care covered. To determine the specifics of your benefits package, you’ll need to review your plan. When you visit our office, one of our friendly staff members will gladly help you file your claim so you can focus your attention on fully recovering.
If you find yourself staring down a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re eager to help get your life back on track.