Emergency Dentist in Holyoke, MA
We’re here for you when you experience a dental emergency. Oakdale Dental Associates, PC provides emergency dentistry services in Holyoke, MA. If you call us during our regular office hours, we will give immediate attention to your situation and our doctor will see you as soon as possible.
After hours, give us a call and listen carefully to the instructions provided on the recording. Leave a message and one of our team members will return your call. In case of a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies
What is considered a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is generally considered anything that requires same-day treatment. This includes teeth that have been knocked out or badly damaged, prolonged bleeding, severe pain, and dental abscesses. Other situations that may or may not require same-day care, depending on the circumstances, include loose dental implants and broken restorations. Call our office and we will help you determine whether you need immediate care if you’re not sure.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
One common cause of toothaches is having a piece of food lodged between two teeth, so the first step to take if you’re dealing with severe tooth pain is to rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water, then floss on either side of the affected tooth, all the way down to the gum line. If this doesn’t help, it’s likely that you have a more serious dental problem that requires treatment. Call our office to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you can use cold compresses, numbing gel, or over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate some of your discomfort while waiting for your appointment.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
Although knocked out primary (baby) teeth cannot be replaced, a knocked out secondary (adult) tooth can often be successfully implanted back into the socket. It’s important to act quickly, as each hour that passes reduces the chances of success. Hold the tooth by the crown (never touch the root) and rinse it gently to remove any dust or debris. Once the tooth is clean, you can attempt to push it back into your socket or put it in a small cup of milk or saliva. Call our office for an emergency appointment as soon as the situation is under control. We can stabilize the tooth in your mouth to promote gum reattachment.
Is a broken crown an emergency?
A broken crown may be an emergency, particularly if your tooth is badly damaged or painful. Give our office a call and we can provide you with assistance. If you do not need immediate care, dental wax or even a piece of sugarless gum can be used to protect the remaining tooth structure while you wait for your appointment. Often, we can bond your original crown back into place, but there are times when either the crown or your tooth itself has sustained damage, in which case a new restoration will need to be fabricated.