Greenfield Emergency Dentistry
You can’t always avoid a dental emergency, but you can plan ahead to get the help you need quickly. For Advanced Dental Treatment Center patients, the urgent dental care you need is just one phone call away. Our Greenfield dentist and dentistry team are happy to offer same day treatment in most cases to relieve pain immediately and start renewing oral health right away. If you’re in need of an emergency dentistry appointment, call our Greenfield dental team now.
Common Dental Emergencies
If you experience any damage to your teeth, toothache pain, soft tissue injury, or dental sensitivity, you should call our team right away. Even if we determine that you don’t need urgent treatment, it’s always best to begin treating oral health concerns right away. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
- Damaged teeth or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, etc.)
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations
- Broken or bent partial and full dentures
- Soft tissue laceration
- Severe toothache and/or dental sensitivity
- Foreign object stuck between teeth
- Facial trauma
What Should I do During an Emergency?
The first thing any of our Greenfield dental patients should do during a dentistry emergency is pick up the phone and call our office. One of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone. Some first aid tips you can keep in mind in case of dental emergency include:
- If you have a knocked out tooth, carefully retrieve it, handling the biting surface only and not the roots. Rinse out your mouth and clean off the tooth with cool water, but don’t scrub or use oral hygiene products unless specifically directed to do so. Return the tooth to the vacated socket whenever possible, and if this is not possible, store the tooth in cool water or milk.
- If you have a soft tissue injury that is bleeding, apply pressure gently using clean cloth or gauze to slow blood flow.
- You can use an ice pack or cold compress to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and slow bleeding.
- If you have food or debris stuck between your teeth, brush and floss around the object to dislodge it. Do not use sharp or pointed objects to remove the debris.
- Never wear a broken or bent denture as this could damage soft tissue or remaining healthy teeth.
How Can I Prevent an Emergency?
Some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are some bad habits you can change and good habits you can improve to reduce your risk for dental emergencies. Some do’s and don’ts include:
- Do brush teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day, using a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste and floss at least once each day
- Do visit our office at least twice a year for checkups and teeth cleanings
- Do use nightguards as directed to protect teeth from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching
- Do wear an athletic mouthguards to protect your smile during sports games and practices
- Don’t chew on fingernails, ice, or other hard objects
- Don’t use teeth to open packages
- Don’t use teeth to crack nuts