Emergency Dentistry - West Brookfield, MA
Early and Late Hours Make Treatment Easier
All of us at Dr. Tengco’s office know that a dental emergency can happen at the worst time. When you are in pain, everything else is often put on hold until you can get help. If you are experiencing pain with an abscess, a knocked-out tooth, or other dental problem, you may need treatment that same day. We offer early hours starting at 7:00 am, and two days a week we stay late until 7:30 pm in order to accommodate your busy schedule. A dental emergency should not be any more stressful than it already is. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately. You may even be seen the very same day!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Use dental floss to remove any food debris from in between your teeth, then rinse your mouth out with warm water. If discomfort does not go away, take ibuprofen and apply an ice pack to your cheek to reduce any potential swelling. If decay is present, we can remove it and place a dental filling to reduce discomfort. However, a detailed exam will be needed to confirm if this is the case.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our office. Cover the tooth with dental cement if it is sharp in any way. Do not chew on the side of your mouth where the broken tooth sits. Apply a cold compress to your cheek for about 10 minutes, then remove it for an additional 10 minutes. We will likely need to place a crown to restore the tooth.
Locate the tooth and do your best to stay calm. Do not touch the tooth’s root or remove any tissue still attached. Pick it up by the crown and rinse it of any dirt or debris. After washing your mouth out with lukewarm water, attempt to place the tooth back into its socket. Gently bite down if needed. If the tooth does not stay in place, store it in a container of milk, saltwater, or saliva. Get to our office within the next hour to get it reimplanted.
If you still have the restoration, keep the tooth covered by applying dental cement, denture adhesive or sugar-free chewing gum to the crown and place it back onto your affected tooth. This is only a temporary solution. The restoration will likely need to be replaced entirely. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The good news is avoiding dental emergencies is relatively straightforward. It starts by committing to at-home brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily. You should also visit our office for routine cleanings and exams once every six months. These habits alone will do wonders for your long-term oral health. If you play sports, wear a sportsguard. If you grind your teeth, wear a nightguard to prevent enamel erosion. Never use your teeth as a tool.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When you’re trying to determine a specific cost for your treatment, it’s very important that you get your dental issue evaluated by our dentist first and foremost. This allows him to confirm exactly which type of treatment you need as well as what you can expect to owe when the time for payment comes. Whether you need a simple dental filling or more complex root canal therapy, our office will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits within your budget.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dental injuries can be anxiety-inducing to handle, which is why we’ve dedicated this page to covering everything from the most common types to proper prevention. If you still have a few questions on your mind – that’s okay! Our team has taken the time to respond to a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients below. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
If you have a toothache, even a minor one, you should get in touch with your emergency dentist in West Brookfield. However, if you have a few days until your appointment, you don’t want to be tossing and turning until then. The first step in mitigating the pain is keeping your head elevated as you sleep. You can do this by propping yourself up on a few pillows or sleeping upright on your couch. Next, avoid acidic, cold, or hard foods, which exacerbate the issue, resulting in more discomfort. Lastly, place a cold compress against your cheek or take an OTC pain reliever before bed.
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
If your dental emergency in West Brookfield has resulted in a potentially life-threatening condition, like difficulty breathing or a fractured jaw, then you should visit the ER first. That way, you can get the medical attention you need before visiting our dental team. However, in all other cases, your first call should be to our office. From there, one of our knowledgeable team members can learn about your unique situation, guide you through the next best steps, and get you in to visit our emergency dentist.
My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit?
In short, the answer is yes. Even if you aren’t feeling any pain, the inner layers of your tooth are exposed, which can lead to further damage and pain down the line. So, while you can most likely afford to wait a day or two, it’s best not to put off restoring your tooth for too long.
Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?
Never, under any circumstances, should you use a household item, like superglue, to fix your dentures. The toxins found in products like these are not safe to ingest and can damage your restorations further. So, don’t attempt to remedy the situation on your own. Instead, gather the broken pieces in a storage case and call our team as soon as you can. That way, you will have your new and improved dentures sooner rather than later.
What should I keep in my emergency dentistry kit?
Sadly, a dental emergency can strike at a moment’s notice. Fortunately, you can make the journey to getting the fast, effective treatment you need much more stress-free with the right items within arm’s reach. With this in mind, make sure to pack a kit with the below emergency dentistry essentials:
• Small storage container for teeth or restorations
• Sterile gloves
• Gauze pads and dressings
• Cotton balls
• Dental cement (or other temporary filling material)
• Denture adhesive
• Petroleum jelly
• Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
• Ice pack
• Our office’s contact information
Am I Experiencing A Dental Emergency?
Call us immediately if you experience one or more of the following common dental emergencies: