Dental emergencies, just like any other, always pop up suddenly and only at the worst of times. It can be hard to know what to do when you’re in the middle of one, but for the people of Merrimack, the plan is simple: stop, take a breath, and call Dental Designs of New England.
Dr. Shetty, Dr. Braga, and our entire team are ready to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies (more on this below). While you may be tempted to go to your local ER, we’re actually more experienced and better equipped to handle urgent dental issues, plus we’ll be able to see you much faster. When a patient calls us with an emergency, we always try to see them that same day. Our goal is to never leave anyone waiting in pain, so when you need help immediately, we’ll be there right when you need us.
Why Choose Dental Designs of New England for Emergency Dentistry?
Sedation Available for Nervous Patients
Patients of All Ages Welcome
Dental Insurance Accepted
Contact Us in Case of the Following Dental Emergencies:
Knocked out teeth
Partially dislodged teeth
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
Damaged or lost dental work
Object stuck between the teeth
Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
Pain or swelling in the face
Even if you are unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, just give us a call anyway, and we’ll be happy to let you know what you should do next. However, if you suspect that a bone may be broken, or if someone has been bleeding uncontrollably for 15 minutes, be sure to head straight to your nearest emergency room first!
Quick Tips for Dental Emergencies
Always call us as soon as you can.
When recovering a lost tooth, only touch it by the crown and never the root.
Place a knocked out tooth either back into the person’s mouth or in a container of milk or saltwater until they can see us.
Have the victim gently rinse their mouth with warm water.
A cold compress can help lessen any pain or swelling.
An OTC medication can help with pain as well, but avoid aspirin, as this could actually make bleeding worse.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
Dental emergencies can be surprising, especially if you don’t know a lot about them. At Dental Designs of New England, we want all of our patients to have the information they need to stay safe and healthy. That’s why we have included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. Keep reading to satisfy your curiosity!
How Do I Know if I’m Having a Dental Emergency?
Dental discomfort is relatively common because all it takes is a small piece of food to irritate your mouth. That’s why you should try flossing and rinsing if you ever feel some sudden pain. However, if it persists, you’re probably having a toothache. The easiest way to know if you’re having an emergency is if you’re experiencing pain that takes your focus away from your regular activities. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our emergency dentist for your next steps.
Should Dental Emergencies Be Treated Immediately?
Dental emergencies are called emergencies for a reason—they should be treated with a sense of urgency. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental problems will only grow worse if left untreated. Dental emergencies specifically can grow even more painful and costly if you prolong a visit to our office. For example, a simple root canal could turn into a tooth extraction because the infection can spread.
Should I Visit the Dentist or the ER?
It’s always best to visit our office for an emergency because Dr. Shetty and Dr. Braga have all of the treatments you need to get out of pain and back to smiling at the same location. They can treat issues like toothaches, cracked teeth, lost teeth, missing dental crowns, and much more.
However, there are some cases that do require a trip to the emergency room. If you experience a jaw injury, uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth, difficulty breathing, deep facial cuts, or any other potentially life-threatening issues, go to the ER right away for treatment.
When is a Root Canal Necessary?
A toothache is usually caused by poor dental hygiene over time. When a tooth becomes decayed, the sensitive inner portion can get infected, causing serious pain and sensitivity. Thankfully, we can use root canal therapy to remove the infected or damaged tissue without having to completely extract your tooth. After, we will fill your tooth with a biocompatible material to strengthen it, usually followed by a dental crown to protect your smile in the future.
How Much Will My Dental Emergency Cost?
Because no two smiles are the same, your dental emergency treatment can range in price. Plus, we have a variety of emergency dentistry services that we may use, which will directly influence your cost. The best way to get a precise estimate is to come into our office. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your smile before developing a personalized treatment plan. Our front desk team is always ready to answer any questions you may have about insurance or financing. We are committed to providing high-quality and affordable dental care.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!