Here at Boston Dental, we understand that emergencies don’t always happen at the most convenient times, so we offer first-class service to our patients, which consists of on-call Dentists as well as the option for a face time consultation if you are out of state. Our on-call providers may be able to advise on how you can tend to your dental emergency at home until you are able to be seen. Dental emergencies are distressing, and we are here to accommodate with same-day appointments whether you are an existing patient or new to our practice. If you have endured trauma or are experiencing pain, we are just a call away.
Emergency Dental Services will be diagnosed and may be performed same day or earliest available.
Services offered include:
- Emergency Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Therapy)
- Tooth and Mouth Pain or Soreness
- Emergency Extractions
- Denture or Partial Adjustments
- Re-Cementation of Crowns, Veneers, and Bridges
- Orthodontic Emergencies (Repairs of Fixed Retainers)
Experiencing tooth pain?
One of the most common dental emergencies that mostly everyone has experienced is tooth pain, whether it is sharp, dull, throbbing, or achy. If the pain is causing difficulty with sleeping, eating, and drinking, and taking a toll on your everyday activities making it hard to focus, then you should be seen immediately. Pain is typically a message from your body signaling that something is wrong and should not be ignored.
During your visit, a series of diagnostic tests and x-rays will be performed on the area. These tests are important because the source of pain is not always easy for a patient to pinpoint, as the pain typically radiates to adjacent teeth.
Remedies for pain include:
- Saltwater rinses for sore and inflamed gums
- Avoiding beverages or foods that may be causing symptoms to worsen
- Heat pack placed on the face for jaw pain
- Cold compresses for abscessed teeth (hot tooth) and to ease swelling
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms or swollen glands, it is recommended to call 911 or seek your local emergency department for immediate help. These issues can cause problems with your airway, making it difficult to breathe.
Reasons behind tooth pain
Caused from bacteria which eats away at tooth enamel, decay can affect existing fillings, causing them to become loose or fractured. If left ignored, bacteria can quickly spread close to the nerve and possibly result in more extensive treatment, such as an abscess or a root canal. If you are experiencing pain when you chew, swollen gums, or sensitivity to hot and cold, you should contact your dentist right away. Maintaining your routine six-month dental cleanings can help diagnose these issues quickly before they become problematic.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Everyday life stressors can cause you to grind or clench your teeth while awake or asleep. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disturbances causing facial muscle spasms or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues. This can lead to:
– Wear on tooth enamel
– Clicking or popping of jaw joints
– Loose or broken teeth
– Sinus pressure and pain
Some other common activities you may not be aware of that are causing stress are sports and exercise. Even though exercise is imperative for our health, there is also a direct connection that can cause our oral health to suffer. Issues such as weakened core muscles may be leading to poor form, causing pressure on your jaw and clenching.
There is no cure for Bruxism, but your dentist may recommend a simple solution such as an occlusal night guard or a sports guard to help relieve your symptoms. There may be underlying issues such as sleep apnea or neurological conditions, and your dentist may recommend seeing a specialist if symptoms do not improve.
Wisdom teeth can be valuable to remain throughout your lifetime, but they can also cause major complications. These teeth can erupt as early as your teens, or up to your early twenties. Once erupted, your dentist will monitor the position of these teeth by taking a panoramic x-ray or possibly CBCT (Cone Beam Tomography) scan and inform you if it is necessary to have them removed.
If you are experiencing pain, damage to adjacent teeth, infection, tooth decay, cysts, or possible tumors, you may be a candidate for wisdom teeth extraction. Another common reason for wisdom teeth extraction is if your orthodontist recommends so for part of your orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment takes time, and it is very common to experience soreness and minor aches throughout the course of treatment. Although common, this does not mean it is not causing you discomfort, and we typically advise that patients take over the counter pain relievers and rinse with warm saltwater to alleviate some of the symptoms they are experiencing.
Avoiding sticky candies and foods is recommended to prevent issues such as loose or broken brackets or wires. If a wire or broken bracket is causing discomfort, the best way to ease the discomfort is by purchasing dental wax from your local drugstore and placing it on the area. If a bracket should fall off, do not attempt to place it back on, and save it until you can see your orthodontist.
My tooth was knocked out what do I do?
The best thing to do in this situation is to react quickly. The quicker it is addressed, the better chance you have at saving the tooth. If the tooth is in one piece and not fractured, rinse the tooth off and place it back in the socket. Do not touch the root of the tooth or any of the tissues remaining. Instead, hold the tooth by the crown when inserting. If you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket, it should be stored in milk. Contact your dentist immediately if this has occurred.
My crown popped off! What can I do?
In this situation, it is normal to feel discomfort or temperature sensitivity. If you are unable to be seen right away or if you are traveling and unable to make it to a dentist, over the counter options are available as a “temporary fix”. Your local pharmacy should carry dental cement, or denture adhesive, and either will work in this situation. However, please remember that these adhesives are not as strong as the ones used at your dental office. Remove any noticeable food or debris off the crown, gently wipe the tooth and gum with sterile gauze, and follow the instructions labeled on the adhesive to put the crown back in place. Following the “temporary” cementation, it is recommended to avoid eating anything sticky or hard, and avoid chewing on this area.