Emergency Dentistry – New Bedford, MA
Quick Relief for Hurting Smiles
You should waste no time in calling Sound Dentistry when your teeth are broken, knocked out, or in pain. Such emergencies could have devastating effects if they’re not treated right away, so you can’t afford to waste time searching the Internet for a nearby practice. We will make time to see you right away, and he can perform a wide variety of treatments to help you stop your pain and prevent the damage from getting any worse.
Why Choose Sound Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Relaxing Oral Conscious Sedation Available
- Only Board-Certified Prosthodontist in Area
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can be many things. Most are caused by either poor oral hygiene that leads to an oral infection of some kind or an accident that results in physical trauma. You need to take stock of the situation immediately and figure out the best way to take care of your teeth and gums until your emergency appointment. We can give you advice over the phone based on your symptoms, but the tips below will help you take control of the situation in the event of several common dental emergencies.
Use dental floss to see if there’s anything stuck between your teeth and remove it if possible. If this is not the cause of your toothache, you can take ibuprofen or a similar pain reliever. (Avoid aspirin, as it can cause a burning sensation on the gums.) Reduce swelling by periodically applying a bag of ice to your face.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
See if you can find the part of the tooth that has broken off, then place it in a safe container so that you can bring it with you to your appointment. Check to see if there’s any bleeding in your mouth; you can stop it by applying pressure with a piece of gauze. Cover sharp or rough tooth edges with dental wax or a wet cotton ball.
Locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown, and call our office immediately. You should get to our office in less than an hour so that we can attempt replantation. After gently rinsing the tooth off, place it gently back in its socket; if that’s not possible, put it in a container of milk or salt water instead to keep it moist and alive.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Pick up the restoration, run it under some water, and try to put it back where it was if you can. You can hold a loose restoration in place by keeping your mouth closed. Toothpaste can work as an impromptu adhesive until a more permanent solution can be applied at our office.
Pain in the jaw is often a direct result of a TMJ disorder, and the pain often radiates to the head and neck. Until you can be diagnosed, be gentle with your jaw. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing on anything hard such as ice cubes or pen tips. Try to avoid resting your chin on your fist if you can help it.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Brush your teeth two times every day for two minutes at a time. Replace your toothbrush whenever the bristles begin to look worn or splayed, which typically occurs after three months or so.
- Use dental floss or an interdental brush to clean between your teeth.
- Avoid sugary foods and beverages that encourage decay.
- Wear a protective mouthguard while playing sports. (You can also get a mouthguard to protect the teeth while sleeping.)
- Break bad habits such as nail-biting that wear down the teeth.
- Visit us for a checkup every six months.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
A minor toothache will not require the same treatment as a tooth that has been knocked out of the mouth entirely. Different emergencies require different treatments, and the costs involved will vary accordingly. When we recommend a treatment, we will carefully discuss your options and the costs involved to make sure you aren’t surprised later when it’s time to pay. Our team will file any necessary insurance claims on your behalf, and they can help you explore financing options if necessary.
While an extraction is a potential treatment for certain severe dental emergencies, it should never be the first choice. Your natural teeth are priceless and should be salvaged whenever possible. Nevertheless, we will perform extractions when there’s absolutely no other way to protect your oral health. If a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed to be saved with root canal therapy or a restoration, an extraction will be considered.