What Is Emergency Dentistry?
Many dental issues can wait until a regularly scheduled appointment, but if you are in severe pain or have experienced dental trauma, you may need emergency services.
As always, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, please call 911 or visit the emergency room for treatment before calling the dentist.
If you suffer from dental trauma or a severe toothache, you may need a root canal. Root canals remove infected pulp inside a tooth and shape and clean the interior surfaces to prevent future problems.
If your tooth is too far gone for a root canal or repair, you may need to have it extracted on an emergency basis. We perform extractions regularly, making you as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
If you have chipped or broken a tooth, it may not seem like a dental emergency, but you should contact us immediately. Broken teeth can lead to painful infections, and even a chipped tooth can become a more severe break.
One of the most common reasons that patients seek emergency dental care is when they have a knocked-out tooth. We can often reseat knocked-out teeth and encourage them to bond with the jaw again. Time is of the essence, and if you can see us within a half-hour to an hour, you have the best chance of saving your tooth. If it has been longer than an hour, don't give up hope.
Why Choose Leland Dental?
If you have experienced dental trauma or an injury resulting from a fall, sports injury, or accident, your teeth may need immediate attention. We provide emergency care in the South Shore area. We can treat every member of your family, including young children.
General Dental Emergencies
During office hours, immediate attention will be given to your situation, and you will be seen as soon as possible. After office hours, please give the office a call and follow the instructions provided. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Below are instructions for handling minor dental emergencies.
Gently clean the area around the tooth by rinsing the mouth with warm water and gently flossing to remove any particles that may be lodged in the tissue around the tooth. If the pain continues, or if the area around the affected tooth is warm, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Apply ice to help reduce swelling and apply pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding continues, call your physician or visit your local emergency room.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Call our office right away and take these steps.
- Do not touch the tooth root, but hold the tooth by the crown and gently rinse the tooth with water.
- Place the tooth back into the socket as quickly as possible and bite down on clean gauze to hold it in place.
- If the tooth cannot be placed in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva and bring it with you to your appointment.
Gently rinse the area with lukewarm water and place a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. If you can locate the piece of the broken tooth, place the piece in milk, and bring it with you to the office. If more than half of the tooth is broken off, please call us immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dentistry
Call Leland Dental
If you have a dental emergency and require our help, call us at 781-826-8395. We can assess your needs and ensure you receive treatment as soon as possible. We look forward to providing your dental care and relieving your pain and discomfort.