Emergency Dentist – Assonet, MA
Urgent Dental Care Right When You Need It
When faced with a broken, knocked out, or severely decayed tooth, most people’s first instinct is to head to their nearest emergency room to get immediate care. However, they’ll likely wait for hours behind more urgent patients before being seen by someone with little to no dental training. If you ever find yourself dealing with a dental emergency, all you need to do to get quick and professional care is call Woodside Dental Care. We’re ready to accept emergency patients, and we’ll be able to see you the same day that you call.
Why Choose Woodside Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry?
- Walk-In Emergencies Welcome
- Conservative, honest care that works with your desires, goals, and budget
- Advanced technology leads to faster & more precise care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies tend to come in two main varieties. One, they develop slowly over time, which is the case with a severe toothache due to longstanding decay, or two, they occur suddenly, usually as the result of an accident. Both can lead to quite a bit of pain, and you should give us a call immediately if either one pops up. Before you can reach our office, however, here are a few tips you can use to take control of the situation:
Rinse your mouth with water to remove any debris that might be stuck and causing the pain (don’t try to use scissors or any sharp object to remove something from your teeth). If this doesn’t fix the problem outright, an over-the-counter medicine or cold compress can help lessen any discomfort until we can see you. To stop the pain and save the tooth, we may need to perform a root canal.
Try to gather up any pieces of the tooth that you can. If you’re in pain, you can take something like Tylenol or Advil to manage it, or you can place a bag of ice on your face. If the tooth has a sharp edge that is causing irritation, you can put a wet cotton ball over it until you can make it to our office. If the tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired, it may ultimately need to be extracted.
Time is of the essence with fully dislodged teeth—we can often replant them, but only if we’re able to see a patient within an hour or two after the initial accident. Try to recover the tooth and put it back into its socket if possible. If not, put it in a bag with some milk—it must remain wet to keep it alive!
Do your best to find the crown or filling, and see if you can place it back into your mouth and keep it there until we can see you. If it won’t stay, a little bit of toothpaste applied to the tooth may help, or you can simply put the restoration in a plastic bag.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Sports-related accidents are one of the primary causes of dental emergencies, so whether you or your child are athletes, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard every time you play. You can also help keep your teeth nice and strong by taking good care of them, which involves daily brushing and flossing as well as regularly attending dental appointments. Routine checkups enable us to fix small problems before they can turn into an unexpected emergency later!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of treating a dental emergency can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their situation. Some may only need a small filling, while others might need a root canal and crown, or to have a tooth removed and replaced. If you’re dealing with an emergency, we can quickly go over your options before we provide treatment so you can know exactly what to expect. Of course, avoiding an emergency altogether is always the best way to go, so be sure to not miss your checkups!