If you are experiencing a dental emergency contact our Westborough office immediately for information on how to handle your dental problem or a same day visit. After hours calls will be returned by the dentist on call.
Call (508) 342-1519
Dental emergencies can happen at any time for a variety of reasons and often occur when it the least convenient. We understand the anxiety that tooth pain, trauma, and discomfort can cause and will make every effort to see emergencies the same day when deemed necessary.
We recommend that patients call our office in the event of a dental emergency to save tooth structure and to avoid any permanent damage. There are steps that can be taken at home to mitigate pain and further damage until we can see you. Here are some tips for handling common dental emergencies:
- Chipped tooth: clean the area gently by rinsing with water. If there is pain and a large portion of the tooth has been damaged, contact us as soon as possible to schedule a visit for restoring the tooth. Pain can be managed with over the counter pain relievers and cold compresses placed on the outside of the mouth. Do not place anything directly on the damaged area of the tooth.
- Knocked out tooth: if possible to locate the lost tooth, pick up by the crown and place between the cheek and gums or in a container of saliva or warm milk. Cold compresses on the outside of the mouth can be used if there is pain and/or swelling. Contact our office immediately for advice on how to proceed.
- Sudden tooth pain: tooth pain that is sudden, sharp and/or throbbing can have a range of causes and should be diagnosed by a professional. Over the counter pain relievers, warm water rinsing and cold compresses on the outside of the mouth can be used to minimize discomfort. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
- Soft tissue injuries: trauma to the cheeks, gums, lips or tongue that has caused extensive bleeding, swelling or an open wound should be seen and evaluated. Contact our office for advice on how to best handle the injury and minimizing the impact on your oral health.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
There are several important steps you can take to minimize your risk of experiencing a dental emergency. The most important factor is routine dental care, where we can spot minor damage, gum disease and other common dental problems that can cause bigger issues if left untreated.
Sports mouth guards should be used when playing contact sports or engaging in activities that could lead to tooth damage. Westborough Dental Associates offers custom sports mouth guards for children and adults for a more comfortable and secure fit.
Avoid common lifestyle habits that can cause tooth and gum damage: opening things with your teeth, nail biting, smoking, teeth grinding and jaw clenching can all increase the risk for a growing or sudden dental problem.