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.
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