Greenfield Emergency Dentistry
If you break an arm, you will likely know just what to do – call emergency services or head into your nearest emergency room. If you break your tooth, you may hesitate. If you’re a Greenfield resident, the BGH Dental team is here to help. We are happy to offer same day urgent care appointments for patients experiencing dental emergencies. Whatever emergency dental situation you’re experiencing, call our Greenfield dental office right away. One of our knowledgeable dental team members will walk you through first aid over the phone and help you manage your discomfort until you can get to our office.
Common Dental Emergencies
If you think you’re in need of emergency dental care, do not hesitate to call us. Even if we determine you don’t need to see us urgently, it’s always best to get started repairing dental damage as soon as possible. Some of the situations we treat on an emergency basis include:
- Broken teeth or dental restorations
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations
- Broken or bent partial or full dentures
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Foreign items stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue lacerations
Caring for Your Smile at Home
When you call us experiencing a dental emergency, we will walk you through first aid and pain management steps to keep you safe and comfortable until you reach our office. Some of the basics you can keep in mind include:
- Clean the damaged area using cool water, but don’t scrub or use oral hygiene products unless expressly directed to do so.
- Use gentle pressure to slow bleeding from soft tissue (gums, lips, tongue, cheek) lacerations.
- Apply ice at 20 minute intervals to relieve pain, prevent swelling, and slow bleeding.
- Use floss to dislodge items caught between teeth, but don’t use sharp objects or apply excessive pressure.
- If your tooth, dental restoration, or a large piece of your tooth or restoration are knocked out, try to replace them where they belong. If you’re unable to replace the tooth or piece of the tooth, store it in a container of water or milk.
- Don’t ever wear a broken, bent, or poorly fitting denture. You may cause unnecessary damage to your supportive gum and bone tissue.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but you can reduce your risk for emergencies by keeping the following tips in mind:
- Maintain good oral health by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once each day
- Visit our team twice each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings
- Don’t use teeth to open packages or crack nuts
- Don’t chew fingernails, pen caps, ice, or other hard objects
- Use mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during sports or from nighttime teeth grinding
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
When a dental emergency occurs, the last thing you should feel the need to do is panic. Of course, we understand that most people have probably never experienced a dental emergency in their lifetime. Over the years, we’ve gotten many questions from patients and family members of patients alike on dental emergencies and services related to common emergencies. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not hesitate to give us a call. However, if you have a question, we encourage you to take a look at the many questions we’ve received at BGH Dental, as well as our detailed answers!
Should I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?
In most cases, an emergency room won’t be able to help you because, due to legal constraints, only dentists can provide dental care to patients. If you visit the emergency room and you tell them that you have tooth pain or even a knocked-out tooth, the most they will likely give you is a painkiller and cold compress to reduce swelling. Considering how expensive emergency room visits can get, it’s best to only go if you experience severe oral bleeding or you have a broken jaw.
Can you save my knocked-out tooth?
It depends. While we encourage you to place the tooth back into your open socket (or a container of milk) to keep it preserved, this will only work for up to one hour. The sooner you get to our office, the better your chances are of getting the tooth reimplanted. Furthermore, you should never remove tissue that may still be attached to the tooth, nor should you touch the root (pointed) end of the tooth. Only pick it up by the crown.
If I crack a tooth, does it have to be extracted?
If a tooth cracks and the crack extends beneath the gum line, that implies that damaged to the root has already occurred. At that point, you will likely need a root canal to save the tooth. However, if the damage is too serious, we may need to extract it in order to prevent complications with your neighboring teeth and gum tissue. We’re happy to offer multiple tooth replacement options if needed.
What can I do for tooth pain?
In most cases, we recommend an over-the-counter painkiller that specifically targets inflammation. This includes ibuprofen or acetaminophen, both of which can relieve tooth pain quite well. We do not recommend aspirin for most patients because it can cause a burning sensation if it comes into direct contact with your tooth or the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. When you visit, we’ll do everything possible to get you out of pain before you leave.
Do I have to visit for a dental emergency?
While we can’t force anyone to visit our office, we do not recommend waiting out your dental emergency and assuming things will get better on their own. A serious dental issue, whether it be tooth decay, gum disease, an oral infection, a sporting injury or something else, does not resolve itself. In fact, waiting to schedule an emergency visit can increase the chances of your condition worsening. With that said, our office is more than happy to accommodate you and get you on the right path towards treatment as soon as possible.