Your West Roxbury Emergency Dentist
Westbrook Family Dental Care provides emergency dentistry!
If you are experiencing a dental emergency such as severe tooth or jaw pain, Drs. Harpal and Pardaman Bhan can alleviate your discomfort by treating the underlying cause, allowing you to return to your daily activities.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency or have recently had an injury to your smile,
call our emergency dentist at (617) 327-5700
Types of Dental Emergencies
Severe Toothaches – When a cavity becomes deep enough to reach the pulp, which contains many nerves, severe pain can develop. An abscess, that typically forms near the root of the tooth is a serious condition. Still, it can go unnoticed until it begins to cause extreme discomfort. An abscess is treated with antibiotics and sometimes requires a root canal.
Until you are able to visit our office, you can relieve your tooth pain at home by using a warm compress, taking aspirin orally (not placed onto tooth or gum), and applying a topical analgesic like Orajel®.
Dental Trauma – Dental injuries are common in children, athletes, and other active people. If you experience a facial injury, it can result in cracked, broken, or dislodged teeth. It is vital to receive care immediately in these cases, to increase chances of saving the injured tooth or teeth. We also treat gum tissue injuries at our dental office.
Broken Prosthetics or Dental Appliances – While this is not always a true emergency, please call to our office so that we can see you quickly. It is important to receive prompt treatment for a broken crown or other permanent prosthetic to prevent gum tissue from growing under the crown area, which can complicate the replacement process.
What to Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency
Before arriving at our office, you can take the following steps to preserve broken or dislodged teeth:
If your tooth is completely dislodged, gently clean it without disturbing the connected natural fibers, and place back into its socket, making sure to face it the correct way. Bite down gently on the way to our office as this will keep the socket and tooth from drying out and can improve your outcome. These measures help our dentists re-integrate your tooth with the socket and gums.
Permanent teeth that have become dislodged in a child can be placed in milk, or lightly salted water to avoid choking. Lost baby teeth do not need to be replaced, however, the child should be seen by a medical professional if the tooth loss was caused by an injury.
Root Canal therapy is often needed for an abscessed tooth and when decay has reached the pulp. It may also be recommended for injured teeth to help restore strength. This treatment is a proven method of relieving pain and preserving smiles. Severe tooth pain rarely disappears on its own and will only increase if care is delayed.
Westbrook Family Dental Care provides emergency dentistry in West Roxbury
We can be reached at (617) 327-5700