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.
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.