Emergency Dentistry – New Bedford, MA
Toothache? In Pain? We Can Help!
Usually, people are able to schedule their dental appointments weeks ahead of time. But when a dental emergency happens, many find themselves in the position of needing to seek out dental care right NOW. For the people of New Bedford, urgent dental care is always just a phone call away with Clear Coast Dental. We’re ready to accept emergency patients, and we can even schedule same-day appointments so that no one ever has to be left waiting in pain.
Why Choose Clear Coast Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments for emergency patients
- Highly-skilled & experienced team
- Accept and file for all insurances
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether you’re dealing with a severe toothache or a knocked-out tooth, the best thing to do is call us right away when an emergency strikes. Waiting to get treatment will only allow the problem to get worse! When you call in, our team will help you take control of the situation and provide a few first-aid tips so you can gain some temporary relief before you’re able to make it to our dental office.
Tooth pain can often stem from something being stuck in-between the teeth, so rinse and floss around the hurting tooth at first and see if this helps. If not, a cold compress placed directly on the face and/or an OTC medicine can lessen any pain.
Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. Cover the remaining tooth with some dental wax or a wet cotton ball to prevent the rough edge from scratching the mouth.
We can only replant a fully dislodged tooth about an hour or so after the initial accident, so in this situation, you need to work fast! Call us immediately, find the tooth, rinse it off, and try to place it back into its socket. If this isn’t possible, it can be stored in a container with milk or saltwater--the tooth must remain wet to keep it alive!
Lost Filling / Crown
Find the restoration, give it a quick rinse, and try to place it back onto the tooth. A small dab of toothpaste can help with this. If it won’t stay, put the restoration in a safe container and cover the tooth with either dental wax or a wet cotton ball.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It only takes a few simple habits to drastically lower your chances of experiencing a dental emergency:
- First and foremost, always wear a protective mouthguard whenever you play sports, regardless of whether or not the game involves physical contact!
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles.
- Don’t bite down on extremely hard things like ice, rock candy, pens, pencils, etc.
- Practice consistent oral hygiene to keep your teeth strong and decay-free.
- Get routine checkups and cleanings at Clear Coast Dental so we can catch a small problem before it turns into an emergency later.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different from person to person, so there is no set cost for urgent dental care. We’ll quickly evaluate your situation and determine the best way to get rid of your pain first, and then we can discuss your options for repairing your teeth. This could involve something as simple as a filling, or it might require that we remove and replace the tooth entirely. We can help you manage any large out-of-pocket costs with our flexible financing options.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
No one ever expects a dental emergency to strike. When one does appear, we understand that you may have questions about how to improve your situation or what you should do next. For your convenience, we have included some of the most common questions we’ve heard over the years below so you can be more informed when it comes to dental emergencies and know what to do to make your condition better until you arrive at our office! If your question isn’t mentioned, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
What’s the best way to sleep with tooth pain?
While we do our best to accommodate same-day emergency dental appointments, we understand if you can’t get to our office the same day. If you must get to sleep with tooth pain, do your best to keep your head elevated as this will prevent blood from rushing to your head. This is a great way to stop your toothache from intensifying. If you take over-the-counter painkillers for your tooth, avoid aspirin. You should also avoid any foods that are cold, acidic, or very hard, especially right before bed. A cold compress can work to reduce swelling and make it easier to manage pain as well.
Will an emergency room remove a tooth?
The reality is only a licensed dentist can perform a tooth extraction. In fact, it’s illegal for someone without the proper credentials to perform an extraction, even if it takes place in a hospital. Instead, the emergency room you visit will only be able to provide you with antibiotics and pain medication, but they can’t address the root cause of your tooth. Furthermore, you should consider whether root canal therapy is a more appropriate treatment anyway as it can get you out of pain and save your tooth. When you visit our office for care, you can confirm which treatment it is you absolutely need.
What if I can’t afford emergency dentistry?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, a dentist will never deny you care simply because of cost, especially if you have major dental discomfort. While not having dental insurance can make dentistry more expensive, there are options available to you to make it more affordable. This includes CareCredit, which allows for monthly installments to be made on care. Keep in mind that the last thing you should do is assume that your condition will get better on its own as this rarely occurs for dental emergencies.
Is chronic bad breath a sign of something more serious?
When you have chronic bad breath, keep in mind its not the same as simply waking up with morning breath. It’s also not the same as breath you experience after having a meal containing particularly pungent ingredients. For example, it could be a sign of untreated cavities, gum disease, and even dental infections in serious cases. If your chronic bad breath does not go away for a long period of time (such as a few days) even after brushing and flossing, give us a call to confirm no hidden problems are present.