Emergency Dentistry – Northampton, MA • East Longmeadow, MA
Quick Care Right When You Need It
Dental emergencies tend to happen suddenly and at the most inconvenient times as well. Maybe you’ve cracked a tooth after stumbling down the stairs, and there’s a big work presentation where you want to look your best in just a few days. Maybe your daughter has been complaining about some discomfort in the back of her mouth, but it isn’t until you’re in the middle of a vacation that the tears start flowing and you realize how serious it is. Whatever you and your family’s situation is, EMA Dental is here to assist you with urgent concerns.
Our team of accomplished dentists makes time for emergency cases as soon as we possibly can here in Northampton and East Longmeadow, MA – often even on the same day as your call. Our goal is to provide much-needed relief from pain right away and formulate a fast treatment plan for any cosmetic or restorative concerns that have arisen because of an emergency. Basically, contact us if you ever need dental care right away!
Why Choose EMA Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Team of General Dentists & Specialists
- Modern, State-of-the-Art Office
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When experiencing oral damage and/or pain, it’s important to remain calm. If you are unable to reach one of our offices right away, here are some tips for how to improve your situation regarding common dental emergencies:
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
If any large pieces of a tooth have come loose, collect them. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze (if you have it) to any areas of the mouth that are bleeding. Facial swelling is likely in this situation, so use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to relieve discomfort.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly and floss around the pained tooth, as the cause could be a piece of lodged food. If this isn’t the case, contact us immediately. Any facial swelling can be remedied with a cold compress held against the cheek. Although it’s safe to take a painkiller to relieve any discomfort, don’t place it directly on the gum tissue. You may actually burn your mouth this way!
Do you still have the tooth? Start by rinsing off the crown (white) portion carefully under water if there’s any dirt or foreign debris on it. Always hold the tooth by the crown and never the root, and don’t remove any fragments of natural tissue if you can help it.
Can you place the tooth back into its original socket? If so, then follow this step next. Make sure it faces the right way and don’t force it in. If you can’t successfully reinsert it, place it in a small container of milk or saltwater. Do not wait to contact EMA Dental, as there is only a very small window of time where reattachment is a viable possibility.
Lost Filling/ Crown
If the affected tooth hurts, a bit of clove powder or oil could soothe the sensitive area; apply it carefully with a cotton swab. If you can possibly place the crown back over the tooth, then do so. Holding it in place is possible with a denture adhesive, a dental cement, or even toothpaste. For dental fillings, a piece of sugarless gum can temporarily hold the filling in place as well.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While having an emergency dentist you trust on call is nice, most people would prefer to avoid urgent dental care in the first place! With the following tips, you can easily keep your teeth safe for years to come:
- Like to play sports? Be sure to always wear a mouthguard!
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles.
- Be careful when chewing particularly hard or sticky foods.
- Don’t bite into hard things like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
It is always wise to seek out care immediately for a dental emergency, and that’s true for both your teeth and wallet. At EMA Dental, you can trust that our experienced dentists will deliver the urgent care you need while working with you to keep costs under control. If you want to know more about the cost of emergency dentistry in East Longmeadow & Northampton, take a look at the information below.
Every Dental Emergency Is Unique
You will be happy to know that an emergency evaluation at our office is relatively inexpensive. During this appointment, our team will carefully evaluate your mouth and develop a personalized treatment plan to repair your smile.
From a dislodged tooth to a painful toothache, every dental emergency is different. For this reason, there is no standard cost of emergency dentistry. Depending on your unique situation, your dentist may recommend:
- Root canal therapy
- Dental crowns
- TMJ treatment
- Additional treatment
Before beginning any emergency procedure, your dentist will explain the next steps and provide an accurate cost estimate.
Caring for Your Smile Can Save You Big
Some dental emergencies, like getting a tooth knocked out during a pickup basketball game, obviously cannot be predicted. However, many dental emergencies are the result of poor oral hygiene habits and neglect. Taking the simple steps of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting a dentist twice a year for checkups can end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
Another way to protect your wallet is to contact an emergency dentist as soon as you notice a serious problem with your teeth. If you try to ignore a damaged or infected tooth, chances are things will only grow worse. Eventually, these teeth will probably require more extensive and expensive treatment that could have been avoided if you had been proactive.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
The good news is that most dental insurance plans provide some level of coverage for dental emergencies. While every plan is different, many fully cover one emergency exam per year. In addition, procedures often associated with dental emergencies (root canals, extractions, etc.) are usually covered between 50% to 80%. Keep in mind that your annual maximum and deductible will likely come into play. Before moving forward with emergency treatment, be sure to double-check your coverage with your dental insurance provider. If you would like help understanding the ins and outs of your insurance benefits, do not hesitate to ask our knowledgeable team!
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
At EMA Dental, we are in-network with Delta Dental, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, and several other major insurance providers. However, we believe getting emergency dental care should not depend on whether or not you have dental insurance. That is why we proudly offer flexible financing through CareCredit! A trusted third-party financier, CareCredit offers low and no-interest payment plans for emergency dentistry and other dental services. By breaking up the cost of a root canal or other emergency procedure into small monthly payments, you won’t have to worry about putting a strain on your budget.
Remember, delaying emergency dental care will likely only make things worse and cost you more money in the long run. So, if you experience sudden dental trauma or a nasty infection, do not hesitate to contact our experienced emergency dentists in East Longmeadow & Northampton!
Dental Emergency FAQs
When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we understand if you have questions and want to get them answered as soon as possible. As a dental practice, our highest priority is helping you manage your dental concerns in an effective way, especially if they are urgent. Below, you can find a handful of the most common questions we hear as well as our detailed responses for your convenience. If your question is not mentioned or you believe you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately.
Do chipped teeth heal on their own?
While enamel is incredibly hard (and considered to be the hardest substance in the human body), it does not have the ability to heal on its own. The moment that a tooth becomes chipped, cracked, or damaged in some way, it needs to be addressed with professional care from a dentist. Teeth will not heal or grow back, unlike a papercut or bruise. At best, they can remineralize, but this is not the same as the tooth growing back or healing itself. Our office is happy to provide multiple restorative treatments to resolve your damaged tooth.
Should I place my knocked-out tooth in water?
While many people may not realize this, knocked-out teeth should actually not be placed directly into plain water. It’s okay to rinse them to remove dirt or debris, but soaking them in water can actually cause damage to the root surface cells. This lowers the chances of them being able to be reimplanted back into the open socket. However, you can place them in saltwater as well as saline solution if you have it. This can only be done for up to one hour, however.
What is causing my jaw pain?
If you have chronic jaw pain following an injury, it’s best to go to the emergency room as your jaw could be broken or fractured in some way. However, if you’re waking up with jaw pain regularly, it’s more likely that you have an undiagnosed condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD for short.) This condition is caused by disproportionate amounts of stress being applied to the joints attaching the jaw to the skull. With help from our office, we can confirm the source of your jaw pain and develop a treatment plan that addresses it at the source.
Is my tooth pain from an infection?
If you have no idea where your tooth pain is coming from, there’s a possibility that you have an oral infection. This requires immediate attention, especially if you also notice a bitter taste in your mouth, have chronic bad breath, or also notice tooth sensitivity, red or swollen gums, or a draining sore on the gums nearby the tooth. The best way to know for sure if an infection is present is to visit our office so we can perform an exam and X-ray.