Millis, MA Emergency Dentistry When You Need it Most
At Main Street Dental, we are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral health and keep their naturally beautiful smiles for a lifetime. That means we’re available when you need us most. We have evening appointment hours, and even make Saturday morning appointments by request. We are here when you need us and that doesn’t stop when we close our doors for the day.
During a dental emergency, we invite you to call our team right away. We do whatever we can to see emergencies on the same day we’re contacted. If you experience an emergency outside of regular office hours, contact the regular number to be directed to Dr. Adler’s after hours contact information. We are happy to provide dental care right away, and take time to offer patients first aid instructions to manage pain until they arrive back at our Millis, MA practice.
Typically, if you believe you’re experiencing an emergency, we agree, but if you’re unsure whether the situation you’re handling is an emergency, review some of the common dental emergencies we treat and tips for caring for your smile until you reach our office.
- Avulsed (knocked out) tooth – if you’re able to recover the knocked out tooth, carefully clean the tooth with cool water. Handle teeth by the biting surface avoiding touching the sensitive roots, and make sure not to remove natural tissues during cleaning. The best way to transport the tooth to our office is to replace it in the empty socket. If this is not possible, store the tooth in a container of milk until you arrive at our practice.
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth – preserve any large pieces of broken off tooth as you would with knocked out teeth. Apply gentle pressure to slow bleeding by biting down on damp gauze or clean cloth.
- Knocked out or broken restorations – restorations are easily repaired or replaced in our office. If you lose a dental restoration, place a bit of toothpaste or dental wax over any sharp pieces to protect soft tissue. If you’ve entirely knocked out a full crown, you may be able to temporarily replace it using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive.
- Soft tissue laceration – for deep cuts in the lip, mouth, cheeks, or tongue, apply pressure to slow bleeding, and use an ice pack at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off) to slow or stop the flow of blood. If you are unable to stop the bleeding, proceed to your nearest emergency room. Call us on the way, and we are happy to partner with medical physicians to restore damaged smiles.
- Broken jawbone – if you believe your jaw is broken, proceed to your local emergency room and call our office on the way. While you are likely to need dental treatment following a jawbone break, it is of the utmost importance to ensure your safety by working with the facilities and physicians available at the emergency room.