Emergency Dentist – Burlington, MA
Rescuing Your Smile When an Emergency Strikes
Apples are one of the most delicious fruits out there. The minute you pick one up you can't help but want to sink your teeth in it immediately. But when you pick up that shiny, delicious apple and finally take a bite, the worst happens...CRACK. “Wait, what was that? Did I just crack my tooth?” This is a classic example of a dental emergency, and they rarely happen at a convenient time. Hopefully, you or a loved one never need emergency care, but if you do, we're here for you! In the event of a sudden injury or toothache, contact us right away. With decades of experience, the latest technology and equipment, and a compassionate staff, Dr. James Kostas provides outstanding care as an emergency dentist in Burlington, MA.
How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether a longstanding problem like a toothache flares up or you have an unexpected accident, Dr. Kostas and his staff can handle any type of emergency. The first step is to call our office immediately to schedule the first available appointment. From there, there are several things you can do to stabilize the situation until you can make it in.
Toothache or Swelling
Toothaches can range from mild to severe. Even if you're only having minor discomfort, schedule at your earliest convenience to prevent it from progressing into more serious pain. You can also apply a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medication for pain until your visit.
If your toothache is painful enough that it prevents you from eating, sleeping, or going to work, we'll do everything we can to see you the same day you call. And if you notice swelling or a pimple-like bump on your gums, you may have a serious infection. Infections can become very dangerous if they spread, so go to an urgent care center or hospital if you can't see us within a few hours. If necessary, they can prescribe antibiotics and buy you some time until you can come in for dental work.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Unless you have a severely broken tooth, chances are you won't be in severe pain. Regardless, you can always hold a cold compress over the area and use over-the-counter pain medication as directed. You can also cover any sharp edges with dental wax from the store until we can treat you.
If you've knocked out a tooth, do your best to act quickly but calmly. Time is usually the difference between saving a tooth and needing to have one replaced, and we'll have the best chance of saving your tooth if we see you within one hour. If you can't make it in by then, go to the nearest hospital or urgent care center.
As for immediate care, try to handle your tooth as little as possible and only touch the crown, not the root. DON'T wipe it off or scrub it, simply rinse it off. Then try to put it back in its socket, facing the right way. If you're unable to do that, just make sure to keep the tooth moist by either putting it in a cup of milk or holding it in your cheek pouch (only for adults and kids over age 6). If possible, avoid storing it in tap water.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
If you've lost a filling and have a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with dental wax from the drugstore. If you've lost a crown (either temporary or permanent) rinse it and dry the inside with a Q-tip. Then put a very small amount of dental cement from the store, denture adhesive, or toothpaste inside the crown and put it back on your tooth. Avoid the temptation to use other types of glue because they can cause more harm than good. Finally, chew on the opposite side until you can see us.
How To Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it's impossible to prevent every emergency, you can take steps to minimize them:
- Practice good oral hygiene at home to prevent gum disease, cavities, infections, etc.
- See us for checkups and cleanings every 6 months. Your teeth and gums will stay cleaner and healthier, and Dr. Kostas can find small problems before they turn into emergency situations.
- To protect your teeth from being chipped, broken or knocked-out, wear custom-made sports guards or nightguards as needed.
- Don't open packages or bottles with your teeth and avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, etc.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Each emergency (and each patient) is different. Dr. Kostas may recommend a simple dental filling or you could need something more extensive such as a root canal in Burlington. Our primary goals are to get you out of pain while helping you maintain your long-term oral health. After examining you, we'll explain our findings and try to give you multiple treatment options when we can. Once you've made a decision about how you want to proceed, we'll discuss your treatment costs as well as insurance or financing as necessary.
Dr. Kostas and our team hope that you never experience a dental emergency. But, if one does occur, you can trust that our team will be ready to assist in whatever way we can. Don't wait -- call our office immediately! We're prepared to handle your emergency with regular office hours 6 days a week as well as broader emergency coverage. Residents in and around the Burlington, MA area, including Bedford, Woburn, Wilmington, Lexington, Billerica, and beyond, are encouraged to see us whenever a dental emergency happens. Remember, time is of the essence, so the sooner you can see us, the better chance you have of saving a tooth.