Emergency Dentist – Peabody, MA
Same-Day Relief When You Need It
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
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.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Are you still not quite sure what to do in the case of a dental emergency? When you contact your emergency dentist in Peabody, they should be able to provide same-day relief for your urgent situation. We can even walk you through some basic first aid over the phone to help you deal with the immediate problem until you reach our office. For your convenience, we’ve also answered a few of the emergency dentistry questions that we get asked the most frequently.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room or the Dentist?
Making the choice between calling your dentist or your local hospital can be a difficult one, especially if this is your first dental emergency. Although the ER might initially seem like the better choice, that’s not always the case. The only exception would be if you’re facing a situation that’s also life-threatening, such as a fractured or broken jaw, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or a deep cut on your face that will require stitches. Otherwise, calling us is your best bet. We can provide you with personalized care that will get you out of pain as soon as possible. As an added bonus, you very likely won’t have to sit in a waiting room filled with people who are sick!
Will My Toothache Ever Go Away on Its Own?
As much as we would all like to believe that tooth pain eventually fades away by itself, that is not usually the case. On the contrary, in the case majority of cases, the longer you wait to receive treatment for your toothache, the worse your oral health will become. This is why we highly suggest calling us whenever you have even the slightest unexplained tooth pain. We can then provide you with guidance over the phone as well as some tips to relieve the discomfort. We’ll also schedule an appointment for you as soon as we can so that we can get to the bottom of your toothache as soon as possible.
How Can I Tell If I Need Urgent Dental Attention?
The best way to tell if you need to call your dentist in Peabody is if your problem is causing you intense pain or discomfort. More often than not, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and needs to be addressed immediately. You could also contact our office and describe your symptoms, and we’ll let you know whether or not you need to come in right away. Some of the most common dental emergencies we deal with include:
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Knocked-out or loose teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Jaw pain
- Damaged or lost restorations
How Can I Get Rid of Facial Swelling?
If your face is swelling up, you very likely have a dental infection or abscess, especially if your swelling is accompanied by a high fever. You can temporarily alleviate the swelling by applying a cold compress to your face in ten-minute intervals for up to an hour. If you’re also in pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen.