Emergency Dentist – Peabody, MA

Same-Day Relief When You Need It

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By their very nature, dental emergencies are a major inconvenience. They always seem to arise at the most inopportune times, such as when you’re just trying to enjoy a night out with friends or relax at home with your family. When you’re suddenly saddled with a broken or knocked-out tooth, a lost restoration, or a severe toothache, your first order of business should be to contact Dr. Spiro Saati, your emergency dentist in Peabody. Our team will do our very best to provide same-day relief when you need it.  

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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In addition to scheduling an appointment on the same day as your call, our team will also provide some basic first-aid tips to deal with your dental emergency until you can reach our office. Some of those tips might include:

Toothaches

Floss around the tooth and rinse with saltwater to make sure your pain isn’t caused by a stray piece of food that may be stuck between your teeth. If your pain persists, call us. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Do not place aspirin directly on the tooth as that can irritate your gums and exacerbate your pain. In many cases, a severe toothache indicates that a cavity has reached the sensitive inner portion of the tooth, meaning a root canal may be necessary.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Collect any pieces of the tooth you can and bring them with you to our office. To curb potential swelling, you can hold an ice pack to the appropriate cheek. If the tooth has any sharp edges, apply dental wax or sugar-free chewing gum to keep them from irritating the soft tissues in your mouth. We’ll do everything in our power to salvage the tooth, but if the damage is too severe, we may have to extract the tooth altogether.

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth becomes fully dislodged, time is of the essence. Pick up the tooth by the crown – without touching the root at all – and give it a gentle rinse with warm water. Try to place the tooth back in the socket. If you can’t, then store it in between your cheek and gums or in a container of milk or saltwater. Get to our office within an hour of the incident for the best chance of successful re-implantation.

Lost Crown/Filling

Rinse the restoration with warm water before attempting to gently place it back on the tooth. If need be, you can use a dab of toothpaste to hold it in place. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution and that you should see Dr. Saati as soon as possible for a more permanent reattachment. In the meantime, don’t chew with that area of your mouth.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Even though a dental emergency can occur at any time, there are a few precautions you can take to minimize their chances of happening to you, such as:

  • Diligently brushing and flossing every day
  • Attending checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Peabody at least twice a year
  • Wearing a mouthguard if you play sports
  • Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night
  • Avoiding chewing on inedible objects like pencils, ice, or your fingernails
  • Refraining from using your teeth as tools to open packaging, crack nuts, hold grocery bags, etc.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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You might be tempted to wait until your dental emergency “gets better” to avoid racking up any bills. But the truth is that dental problems typically worsen the longer you put off treatment, which can result in more expensive and time-consuming treatment down the road. You’re much better off visiting our office as soon as possible.

Because one type of dental emergency can differ greatly from the next, the cost of treatment will also vary from person to person. However, you can rest easy knowing that our helpful team will do our utmost to deliver quality emergency care that doesn’t break the bank. We’ll work with your insurance and make your treatment as affordable as possible.

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