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Emergency Dentistry – Beverly, MA

Knocked Out Tooth? Severe Toothache? Call Us!

Man in pain holding his head Dental emergencies, just like any other, require immediate attention, but racing to your local ER probably isn’t the best idea if you’re dealing with a broken, knocked out, or extremely painful tooth. Most ERs simply don’t have the knowledge or equipment to handle these issues, but fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find a place that does. At Beverly Farms Dental, we’re happy to accept emergency patients and can even see them on the same day that they call in, ensuring those in pain are able to get what they need as quickly as possible.

Why Choose Beverly Farms Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-day appointments available for immediate relief
  • Serving the community for more than 30 years
  • Digital technology leads to quicker care

Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma

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The teeth can become severely damaged due to a nearly endless variety of reasons, such as motor vehicle accidents, sports-related injuries, falls at home or work…the list goes on. Nonetheless, if you or a loved one are dealing with a fractured or completely knocked out tooth, the team at Beverly Farms Dental is ready and able to help. To take control of the situation and give us the best chance of saving the tooth, you should:

  • Call Beverly Farms Dental right away.
  • Try to recover as much of the tooth as possible.
  • Gently rinse it off with warm water. Do NOT wipe off any tissue remaining on the root.
  • Try to place the tooth back into the victim’s mouth until they can make it to our dental office
  • If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. The tooth must remain wet in order to keep it viable for reattachment.
  • There is a very limited window in which we can replant a knocked out tooth, so try to make it to our dental office within an hour or less of the initial accident. The sooner the better!

Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect

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Without consistent brushing and flossing, a tooth can easily develop a cavity, which leads to a toothache, and unless it’s taken care of right away, that cavity can eventually reach the sensitive inner layers of the tooth. The result? Swelling, redness, and quite a bit of pain as well—the kind that prevents someone from functioning normally.

Thankfully, we can help you get the fast relief you need from this kind of problem, you just need to:

  • At first, try rinsing around the tooth with water and gently flossing to dislodge anything that might be stuck next to it and causing the pain.
  • If this doesn’t help, call Beverly Farms Dental.
  • Until you’re able to make it to our dental office, you can use a cold compress on your face or take an OTC pain-reliever to deal with any discomfort.
  • However, do NOT place a pill directly on the gums in the area, as this can actually damage them.

Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications

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With more than 30 years of experience serving the Beverly Farms community, our team has seen its share of dental emergencies. Basically, any situation that a patient might be in, our team has already helped countless others successfully navigate it before, which is great for peace of mind. Even better, however, is the fact that our team continually invests in the latest technology, meaning we’re able to find, diagnose, and treat issues in less time than ever, meaning patients don’t have to wait to get the relief they need.

Frequently Asked Questions - Emergency Dentistry

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Do you want to know more about dental emergencies in Beverly? Our team has compiled some of the most common questions and answers about dental trauma and accidents below. At Beverly Farms Dental, we firmly believe that knowledge is power! The more you understand about dental emergencies, the better equipped you will be to handle an unexpected accident or injury. If you still have questions after reading these FAQs, do not hesitate to call our office.

Does keeping a knocked-out tooth in milk really help?

If you have a tooth knocked out and you cannot place it gently back in the socket, you should definitely place it in a secure container filled with milk before making your way to an emergency dentist. Why?First, a dislodged tooth must stay moist in order to be successfully reattached. In addition, milk contains certain proteins that keep cells growing and prevent tooth roots from swelling up and bursting.

What can I take to ease dental pain?

If you cannot get to a dentist right away, over-the-counter pain medication can offer some immediate relief until you are seen by a dental professional.

If an injury to your mouth is causing bleeding, choose acetaminophen over other options. Aspirin and ibuprofen can act as blood thinners and cause extra bleeding during a dental emergency.

In addition to taking over-the-counter painkillers, applying a heating or cooling pad over the affected area can also temporarily help ease your pain until you are able to see an emergency dentist.

What counts as a dental emergency?

The term “dental emergency” covers any accident or trauma to the mouth that fractures or dislodges a tooth or causes severe and persistent pain. Examples of a dental emergency include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Lacerations to the tissues inside the mouth
  • Loose tooth

Dental emergencies can also be caused by neglecting to practice good oral hygiene at home, which can enable cavities to form and chronic infections to develop.

Regardless of the type of dental emergency, it is always important to see a dentist right away. Otherwise, your pain could persist or get worse and more serious oral health problems could develop.

Should I go to the ER with a dental emergency?

While the local emergency room is the right place to turn if you have broken an arm or suffered another medical emergency, they do not always have the tools or specialized knowledge to treat dental trauma. You should first always call an emergency dentist near you in case of a dental emergency. Often, an emergency dentist will be able to fit you in for a last-minute appointment on the very same day. If your case does indeed call for immediate attention from a medical doctor, your dentist will direct you to go to the emergency room.

How can I help prevent dental emergencies?

Accidents and injuries to the mouth cannot always be avoided. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of experiencing an unexpected dental emergency, such as:

  • #1: Wear a protective mouth guard when playing contact sports.
  • #2: Avoid chewing hard foods that can crack your teeth, such as popcorn kernels, ice or hard candies.
  • #3: Never use your teeth to open packages – grab a pair of scissors instead!
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