Same-Day Emergency Dental Care At Future Of Dentistry
Here at Future of Dentistry in Chelmsford MA, we know that accidents happen. That’s why you need an emergency dentist near you — one that you can trust to be there whenever you need help. We leave room in our schedule to accommodate dental emergencies on a same-day basis, so we can be there for you when you need us most.
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We have several dental office locations in Massachusetts and we strive to be available whenever a patient has an urgent need for care. We leave room in our daily schedule for emergency visits. For your convenience, we provide extended hours as part of our regular schedule, for emergencies and tooth pain that inevitably occur outside business hours. We also offer an after-hours voice mail option so you can notify the doctor as soon as a dental emergency occurs.
What qualifies as a dental emergency?
When an accident or injury happens, you’ve got a lot to think about. Let us help you figure out what kind of care you need. Call our Chelmsford practice at 978-970-2089 right away, and we’ll walk you through what steps to take.
Here are some of the issues that require an emergency dentist:
Trauma that causes cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
Unfortunately, it’s common for teeth to be damaged during a traumatic event, such as a car accident or being hit by a foul ball. These types of accidents can lead to broken, cracked, or chipped teeth. Call our Chelmsford practice at 978-970-2089 when an accident happens so we can help.
Severe tooth pain
Experiencing a toothache is a common sign of infection. If you are having tooth pain, don’t ignore it! It will not go away spontaneously and your body might be alerting you to a more serious problem. If you’re experiencing pain, call us right away.
A tooth infection won’t resolve on its own. Whether caused by decay, injury, or even old dental work, a tooth infection should be considered a dental emergency and addressed right away.
What to do in a dental emergency
Dental emergencies are time sensitive. When an emergency occurs, the best thing to do is to call us at 978-970-2089 right away. The sooner you receive care, the better your prognosis and recovery will be.
How to handle emergencies
By now, you know the best thing to do in an emergency is to give us a call. However, if you’re looking for some ways to manage the pain and keep the damage to a minimum on your way to your appointment, these suggestions will help.
Be prepared for emergencies
A first aid kit is a must-have for the home and the car. Is your first aid kit equipped to handle dental emergencies? If not, consider adding items for emergency dental care to your existing first-aid supplies. Some items to have on hand include:
- Latex or nitrile gloves.
- Sterile gauze.
- A dental mirror.
- Dental floss.
- A small liquid-tight container or baggie (for lost or broken teeth)
You’ve broken a tooth
If at all possible, collect the pieces of your broken tooth and bring them to your appointment. (This is one of the reasons for keeping baggies in your first aid kit.) If you’re experiencing any bleeding, rinse your mouth clear of blood with a warm water and salt rinse and then apply sterile gauze to help stop the bleeding.
You’ve chipped a tooth
Is a chipped tooth really a big deal? Even a small chip can leave a tooth vulnerable to further damage. That’s why you’ll need a dentist to evaluate the damage. If possible, save the piece of the tooth that was chipped off and bring it to your appointment.
You’re experiencing severe tooth pain
Pain can be a sign of infection and should be assessed by an emergency dentist. To help with pain or discomfort before your appointment, try applying a hot compress to your face in the area of concern.
You’ve knocked out or lost a tooth
If you’ve lost a tooth, try to find it and put it in milk right away. This will help preserve the tooth on the way to your appointment.
(This is why we suggest keeping a liquid-tight container in your first aid kit.) As with broken teeth, if bleeding occurs, rinse out your mouth and apply sterile gauze to help stop the bleeding.
You’re experiencing jaw pain
Like tooth pain, pain in the jaw may suggest infection. It could also mean that you are suffering from TMD- a disorder of the (TMJ) temporomandibular joint. Call us so we can evaluate your jaw and find the cause of the pain.
You’re experiencing intense swelling
Swelling can accompany many dental emergencies. Call our emergency dentists so they can evaluate and treat the cause of the swelling. For immediate relief before your appointment, apply a cold compress to decrease the swelling.