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Emergency Dentist – Greenfield

Same-Day Emergency Care For Hurting Teeth

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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 dentists and team members 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.

Why Choose Us for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Appointments Available
  • Calming Sedation Dentistry
  • Gentle & Compassionate Team

Common Dental Emergencies

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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 objects stuck between teeth
  • Facial trauma

What Should I Do During an Emergency?

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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 a dental emergency include:

  • If you have a knocked-out tooth, carefully retrieve it and make sure you handle the biting surface only – 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 by using clean cloth or gauze to slow blood flow.
  • You can use an ice pack or a 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?

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Some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are some bad habits you can change and good habits you can adopt to reduce your risk for dental emergencies. Some effective 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. Also, make sure to 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 mouthguard 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.

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Root Canal Therapy

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Teeth are actually composed of multiple layers, the innermost one being the dental pulp. The pulp contains a number of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. This pulp can sometimes become infected due to decay or injury, and when it does, it usually causes an extremely severe toothache. To address this kind of problem, we can provide root canal therapy. Despite its somewhat dubious reputation, the procedure itself is actually quite painless and is one of the best tools we have to provide relief and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.

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Dental Emergency FAQs

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If you need same-day emergency care for hurting teeth, look no farther than Advanced Dental Treatment Center. Our experienced dental team can help relieve your pain as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your happy, healthy smile. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about emergency dentistry in Greenfield. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away!

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of My Emergency Dentist?

Most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff, so you’ll almost always save time and money by bringing your dental emergency to us first. However, you should visit your local ER before coming to see us if you experience:

  • Broken or dislocated jaw.
  • Bleeding that hasn’t stopped in 10 minutes.
  • Swelling in the mouth, neck, jaw, or face that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe.

How Can I Tell If My Toothache Is a Dental Emergency?

All dental pain should be investigated by your Greenfield dentist right away. While most toothaches are cause by non-urgent issues, some dental pain may be the result of a serious oral health condition that needs immediate attention. Your toothache qualifies as an emergency if it’s accompanied by:

  • Severe pain that’s lasted for more than a day.
  • Sudden numbness in the painful tooth.
  • Darkening or discoloration of the painful tooth.
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums.
  • Signs of a serious infection, such as fever, fatigue, or swelling.

Do I Still Need to Visit the Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

If your toothache suddenly goes away, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the underlying issue has resolved. In fact, if your dental pain was caused by an infection or untreated cavity, the numbness may be a result of damage to the nerve of your tooth. You need to come see us even if your toothache goes away so we can diagnose the core problems and treat it before it spreads to the rest of your teeth or causes irreparable damage.

Can I Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers for a Toothache?

There are several ways you can manage a toothache at home until you can reach our office for your appointment. First, try gently rinsing your mouth out with saltwater to kill any dangerous bacteria. Additionally, you can apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area to ease the discomfort and bring swelling down.

Over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be a tremendous help in alleviating dental pain. However, it’s important to keep in mind that even if you can manage your toothache at home with store-bought medications, you still need to come see us for treatment right away. These pain relievers are only meant to act as temporary relief until you can reach our office.

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can help you assess your situation over the phone, schedule your appointment accordingly, and offer personalized first-aid advice.