Emergency Dentistry – North Grafton, MA
Taking The Panic Out of Dental Emergencies
If your child came up to you right now and told you they had a terrible toothache, what would you do? If you unexpectedly cracked a tooth while eating, how would you handle it? If you don’t know, you’re not alone, but we have you covered! Should you or a loved one experience any dental pain or out of the ordinary symptoms, just give Theroux Dental Associates a call. We’re able to handle all types of urgent dental situations, and we can schedule same-day appointments so people can get the relief they need right away with emergency dentistry in North Grafton, MA.
Why Choose Theroux Dental Associates for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- New, State-of-the-Art Dental Office
- Soothing Sedation Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The best thing you can do in any dental emergency is to seek out professional help right away, but how should you spend the time before you’re able to reach our dental office? Thankfully, there are a few simple actions you can take to reduce any pain or damage, which will make someone more comfortable and give us a better chance of saving a compromised tooth.
Rinse and floss around the tooth to remove any food debris, and if the pain continues, take an OTC medication. Rinsing a few times an hour with warm saltwater can provide some relief as well. Often, the worst toothaches require a root canal to make the pain stop and also save the tooth from extraction.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
Pick up any pieces of the tooth that you can find, place them in a safe container, and bring them to our dental office. Cover the remaining tooth with a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax so that it doesn’t accidentally injure the gums or lips. While we’re able to save most damaged teeth, if the trauma is too extensive, we may need to perform an extraction.
It is possible to replant a knocked-out tooth, but you need to come see us within an hour of the incident to give us the best chance. Find the tooth, rinse it off, and place it under the tongue until you can make it to our dental office. This will keep it alive. Alternatively, you can keep it in a container with either milk or saltwater.
Lost Filling/ Crown
If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily put it back into place using a dab of toothpaste. If it is lost or completely broken, cover the tooth with some sugarless gum and try to avoid chewing with it until we can see you.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
- Preserve your teeth and don’t chew on items like ice, fingernails, pen caps, popcorn kernels, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or remove clothing tags.
- Get a checkup and cleaning twice a year. These routine appointments allow us to catch small issues before they can turn into big emergencies.
- Keep your teeth strong and free of infection by brushing and flossing every day.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency treatment will be based on the type and extent of your injury. Before applying any treatment, we will give you an exam and go over your options. Seeking out care right away is the best way to reduce the pain and cost associated with an emergency. We’re happy to accept PPO dental insurance and even offer our own in-house plan to ensure this type of care is easily affordable.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Dental emergencies can be scary. Even if you’re able to keep a clear head, you might now be sure of how to handle the situation. Your first order of business should always be to call your emergency dentist in North Grafton. From there, we can provide basic first aid over the phone until you reach our office. Until then, it may also help to read through this list of emergency questions that we get asked often.
How Soon Can I Get an Emergency Appointment?
As soon as you call us with an urgent dental problem, we look at our schedule and adjust it accordingly so that we can accommodate your needs. We prioritize seeing patients with dental emergencies on the same day that they call. We also know that the sooner you can come in to see us, the sooner we can relieve your pain and the les likely you are to suffer from long-term damage to your oral health.
How Can I Be Prepared for Future Dental Emergencies?
While these situations can’t be entirely prevented, you can be prepared by creating a dental emergency kit. Ideally, you should make several and place them in areas like your bathroom, your kitchen, or your car’s glove compartment. Be sure to include these items:
- Slip of paper with our contact information
- Latex-free gloves
- Gauze pads
- Dental mirror
- Small, lidded container
Should I Be Worried If My Tooth Is Sensitive?
Tooth sensitivity can be the result of several problems, the most common of which is gum disease. If your teeth look longer or your gums look shorter than normal, your gums may be receding. This exposes your teeth’s sensitive roots. Eventually, gum disease could lead to tooth loss, so come see us right away to get it treated.
If your sensitivity only occurs in one tooth and it lingers long after eating something hot or cold, you may have an infected tooth. This is often a sign that a root canal is urgently needed to save your tooth.
If your sensitivity isn’t caused by either of these, try using a toothpaste or mouthwash that’s specifically designed to reduce sensitivity.
How Can I Bring Down Facial Swelling?
Your mouth or face might swell in response to an infection or injury. Wrap a cloth towel around an ice pack and hold it to the area for 10 minutes. Then, wait another 10 minutes before applying it again. Repeat this process until the swelling has gone down. Taking ibuprofen might help mitigate swelling and reduce pain.