Emergency Dentist – East Longmeadow, MA
High-Quality Dentistry When You Need It Most
Dental emergencies can be painful and frightening but having a plan of action can help make emergency situations less frightening. At Scannell & Hollinger, we welcome patients to contact our team right away in case of dental emergency. We’re happy to offer patients same day treatment whenever possible, and we always offer guidance to help patients care for their smile until they arrive at our office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into two different categories: damage from a dental injury or infection due to poor oral hygiene. We are able to help in either kind of emergencies, getting our patients out of pain and back to smiling. Until then, here are some tips on how you can handle the most common dental emergencies:
If you have a toothache, try rinsing your mouth and flossing because it could be an irritating piece of food debris. If the pain persists, you may have an infection that requires a visit to our office. Root canal therapy is a common treatment in this instance because it allows us to successfully remove the infected tissue without having to extract your entire tooth.
If you chip or break a tooth, pick up the pieces, rinse them, and store them in a safe place until you can reach our office. In some cases, we will be able to repair your tooth with restorations like dental crowns or bonding. However, if your tooth is too damaged, we may have to extract it to prevent you from experiencing additional pain.
A knocked-out tooth can be shocking, but not if you know what to do next. Pick your tooth up by the crown to avoid damaging the roots and rinse it off gently. Then, try to place it back in its socket, holding it steady with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, keep it in milk or water. The sooner you can visit our emergency dentist, the better your chances are of successfully replanting it.
Losing a crown or filling can cause extreme sensitivity. If this occurs, you can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach it or cover your tooth. This will protect it from air, liquids, and foods can cause sensitivity. However, if you can’t find dental cement, sugarless gum will work very temporarily. Once you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office immediately.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, but thankfully, there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of one occurring, including:
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there are so many different types of dental emergencies, it’s difficult to give you a precise estimate on the cost. We have a variety of treatment options that range in price. The best way to know the price of treating a dental emergency is to come into our office. One of our experts will carefully examine your smile before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes cost.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
You might still have some questions about dental emergencies, even after reading all the previous information on this page. Not to worry; we’ve gathered some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies and answered them right here for your benefit. If you have a question that you don’t see answered somewhere on this page, simply call our office and ask.
When Should I Go to the ER vs the Dentist?
Ordinarily, you should contact us instead of the hospital in the event of a dental emergency. After all, our dentists have the specialized training necessary to treat specific oral injuries and infections. If, however, your dental emergency also threatens your life, such as swelling that obstructs your airway or deep cuts that are bleeding profusely, then you should absolutely head to your local ER for quick and efficient treatment. For all other urgent dental problems, don’t hesitate to call us instead.
How Long Should I Wait to Get Treatment?
Even if you’re not sure whether your problem warrants emergency treatment, you should still call our office right away if something is amiss in your mouth. Unlike most general medical problems, which often improve as you leave them alone, oral health issues typically worsen the longer you ignore them. Especially in the case of a broken or knocked-out tooth, not seeing us in a timely manner could cost you your tooth. Additionally, many dental emergencies can be painful. Come see us as soon as possible so that we can get you out of pain.
What If My Toothache Suddenly Goes Away?
Many people believe that the occasional toothache is nothing special, especially once it subsides after a few days. Tooth pain usually indicates an underlying issue, like tooth decay, gum disease, or an infection inside the tooth. When your tooth hurts, even temporarily, it’s best to err on the side of caution and visit us so we can address the root of the problem. We’ll carefully evaluate your tooth to get to the bottom of your pain and heal your smile.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
Sometimes, even the most careful people suddenly have to deal with a dental emergency. In that case, it pays to create a dental emergency kit containing a few items that will help you manage your symptoms until you can get to our office. Put together a kit with the following items:
- Piece of paper with our address and phone number
- Small bottle of acetaminophen (aspirin and ibuprofen can actually increase oral bleeding)
- Small container with a lid
- Saline solution