Emergency Dentist – 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 Dental Care?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments
  • Team of General Dentists & Specialists
  • Modern, State-of-the-Art Office

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, do your best to stay calm. Whether it’s your daughter’s toothache or your own cracked tooth, your first step during any dental emergency should be to give us a call. From there, here’s what you can expect from us:

  • We’ll schedule you a same-day emergency appointment: After listening to your symptoms, we’ll schedule your same-day emergency appointment and give you first-aid instructions over the phone.
  • You’ll see one of our dentists for an emergency exam: As soon as you arrive to our office, one of our dentists will see you for an examination. They’ll focus on getting you out of pain while also determining the extent and source of your emergency.
  • We’ll review the findings with you and make a treatment plan: Your Northampton emergency dentist will review their findings with you so you know what’s going on, and then they’ll fully explain all your treatment options. Together, you’ll make a plan to get your oral health back on track.
  • You’ll get the quick, professional care you need right away: Thanks to the experience of our team of dentists and our state-of-the-art technology, we’re well-equipped and prepared to handle your dental emergency right away. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a happy, healthy smile once again.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

It’s not uncommon for patients to put off seeking the urgent dental care they need. After all, no one want to make a big deal out of nothing, and it may be tempting to see if a “wait and see” approach fixes your situation. Unfortunately, since teeth can’t heal themselves, this often leads to more serious issues! Even if you’re unsure of whether you are experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call so we can help you figure out what to do next. Below, you’ll find some of the most common dental emergencies we help our patients handle here at EMA Dental.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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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.

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Every Emergency Is Unique

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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
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • TMJ treatment
  • Additional treatment

Before beginning any emergency procedure, your dentist will explain the next steps and provide an accurate cost estimate.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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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

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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 smaller 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!

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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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.  

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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While having an emergency dentist you trust on call is nice, most people would prefer to avoid urgent dental care in the first place! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your smile protected from decay or injury. By making simple changes to your lifestyle and routine, you can steer clear of most dental emergencies.

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Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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Like many other problems, dental issues start out small and only get worse with time. When caught early in development, they can be easily treated using conservative procedures, which is why we strongly recommend visiting us at least every six months for a dental checkup. We can find problem spots before they create a huge problem.

Although taking care of your smile at home is important, plaque can still build up over time. Once it has hardened on teeth and become tartar, it can be very difficult to remove. In fact, only professionals can take it off. That’s why your checkup appointment includes a thorough dental cleaning.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home

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Keeping your smile healthy isn’t something you do just twice a year. It requires daily effort. If you’re not already doing so, you need to brush your teeth for two minutes twice every day. In addition, you need to floss every day. Establish a routine so that food debris, plaque, and bacteria don’t have a chance to build up and cause trouble for your smile.

Choose a Nutritious Diet

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How you eat doesn’t just impact your digestive system; it also has a significant effect on your oral health. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the debris of your food, and sugary, starchy, sticky foods promote their growth. On the other hand, certain vegetables and fruits, like apples, carrots, leafy greens, and cantaloupe, actually help your mouth fight decay-causing bacteria. It’s okay to indulge in something sweet every now and then, but keeping with a healthy diet limits the damage bacteria can do.

Wear a Mouthguard

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Do you like to play sports like football or basketball? Are you involved in activities like skateboarding? Being active is important, but some sports involve the risk of getting hit in the face. To prevent a chipped or knocked-out tooth, you should wear a mouthguard. Although you can find one at any sporting goods store, we can provide you with a custom mouthguard that fits more comfortably and stays in place.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

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Have you ever been stuck trying to get a plastic bag open? It can be frustrating, but as tempting as it might be, don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles. Your teeth weren’t designed to feel that much stress and could crack or chip. Instead, when you need extra help opening packaging, find the appropriate tool like scissors. For similar reasons, you shouldn’t chew on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, your fingernails, or pencils. If you feel the need to chew something, try using gum.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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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 Put My Knocked-Out Tooth in Water?

While many people may not realize this, knocked-out teeth should not be placed directly into plain water. It’s okay to rinse them to remove dirt or debris, but soaking them in water can 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 Toothache Caused By 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.

Can I pop a dental abscess on my own?

No, this is a dental injury that requires professional treatment, not a DIY approach at home. In fact, attempting to pop a dental abscess can result in serious consequences, like the infection spreading throughout your mouth as well as your neck, throat, and head. In short, if there is a pimple-like bump or blister on your gums, let our Northampton emergency dentist handle it for you.

Will my toothache go away on its own?

Sadly, waiting will only make things worse, especially if your toothache is the result of significant decay or an infection. That’s why we encourage patients in East Longmeadow and the surrounding areas to contact our team the moment any abnormal symptoms arise – whether it’s a throbbing pain throughout the day or a sharp discomfort when biting into your food. The sooner you schedule an appointment, the sooner we can restore your pain-free smile.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Not usually. Although ERs have doctors and nurses that can help alleviate your pain, they don’t typically have dentists on staff. As a result, visiting the hospital for a dental emergency will likely only leave you with an additional bill to pay since you still need to visit your dental team for long-lasting relief.

It’s important that we mention the exception: if you’re experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms. If you’ve sustained a tooth-related injury and are also having trouble breathing, having difficulty swallowing, or can’t control the bleeding, then you should go to the ER right away.

Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?

Although it may seem like using superglue to fix your dentures from home is a good idea, it’s not. Sure, it’s a powerful adhesive, but it also contains toxins that are not safe to ingest. Plus, broken restorations can have sharp edges that cut and irritate the soft tissue in your mouth. For all of these reasons, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment ASAP with our team instead.

How long can a restoration be temporarily attached?

Usually, temporary restorations are designed to last for a few weeks. Thanks to modern techniques, materials, and bonding agents, however, you may feel like yours can last even longer. In short, you still need to replace it with your permanent restoration ASAP. That way, there is very little chance of your underlying tooth decaying. Plus, you have to stick to soft foods with temporary restorations – your permanent one will allow you to enjoy a much more satisfying and varied diet again!