24/7 Emergency Dentist Chelmsford MA
If you’re trying to find an emergency dentist by using Google to search “emergency dentist in Chelmsford” because of a painful dental emergency, you’ve hit the jackpot. We’ve been in the same spot you’re currently in right now, as well as thousands of patients across the country.
Because of this, we’ve created our 24-hour emergency dentist Chelmsford referral service. By giving us call today at (855)-352-6790, we’ll have you in to see an emergency dentist in as little as 24 hours. Don’t wait, call us for immediate help.
What You’ll Need for Your Chelmsford Emergency Dental Visit
While you wait for us to call you back with the details of your emergency dental appointment, there are a couple of things you’ll need to track down.
If you’ve had a recent visit with your regular dentist, no matter what the appointment was for, try and track down any paperwork you brought home with you. A copy of your patient profile or dental x-rays, for example. Anything you can find will help the emergency dentist we set you up with get a better feeling of what you’ve recently had done.
Next, make a list of any medications you’re currently on and any known allergies. The emergency dentist and their staff will need to know about any medications and allergies you may have to ensure nothing they give you during your appointment will clash with your medications or cause you to have an allergic reaction.
Once we’ve called you back to give you the details of your appointment, we recommend that you call the emergency dentist you’ll be seeing to check if your insurance will be accepted. If not, it never hurts to ask how much your appointment will cost you.
When it comes time to leave for your emergency appointment, make sure you give yourself a minimum of 15 minutes to fill out paperwork or ask any questions you may have. Emergency dentists operate just as regular ones do, so give yourself some time for questions and paperwork before your appointment is due to start.
Finally, if you have any anxiety over visiting the dentist, don’t be afraid to speak up. Letting the emergency dentist and their staff know that you’re uneasy is important. They’ve dealt with patients who have a fear of the dentist in the past, so they know what it takes to keep their patients comfortable.
Same Day Emergency Chelmsford Denture Repair
If your dental emergency is broken dentures, we can help you with those, too! Thankfully for you, our network consists of emergency dentists who work closely with lab technicians in Chelmsford who can repair your dentures on the same day you come in. If your dentures are beyond saving, however, we can have you fitted for new ones on the spot.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies Dentists Face
Because dental emergencies always seem to occur when your regular dentist has closed up shop for the night, it’s never a bad idea to know what the most common dental emergencies are so you can identify what’s happening and what you need to do.
For starters, while some dental emergencies show up immediately, others take awhile to make themselves known. More often than not, patients don’t realize they’re having a dental emergency until they find themselves in pain.
However, you also need to know when it’s time to go to the ER and not to an emergency dentist. For example, if you’ve sustained any head injuries, you need an emergency doctor, not an emergency dentist.
Knocked Out or Lost Teeth
There are a lot of incidents that can lead to losing a tooth. Getting into a car accident, for example, can lead to having a tooth knocked out. No matter how it happened, make sure you’re free of head trauma before you do anything.
Finding the lost tooth and picking it up by the crown, not by the root, is the best place to start. If you’re able to do so, you can put it back in the empty socket while you wait for your emergency appointment. Putting it back in yourself is the best way to preserve it, but you can also preserve the tooth by putting it in a glass of milk or water.
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Abscessed Teeth and Oral Infections
If you suspect in the slightest that you have an oral infection or an abscessed tooth, call us immediately. Oral infections are just as time-sensitive and life-threatening as bodily infections are.
Unfortunately, they can grow and fester from something as minor as a chipped tooth. Patients tend to not notice them until the pain starts, but sometimes you’ll get lucky. If you spot a pimple anywhere in your mouth, don’t hesitate, call us right away.
Remember, your oral health is a direct reflection of your bodily health. If your mouth is infected, so is the rest of your body.
Losing a Filling or a Crown
If you’ve lost a filling or a crown, like you would with an oral infection, you need to act fast. Once you’ve called us and we’re working on booking you an appointment, you’ll need to visit your local drug store or pharmacy.
In order to fill the hole in your tooth that the lost filling or crown was covering, you’re going to need dental cement, pieces of gauze, or even a couple of cotton balls. Whichever method you choose to cover the hole, make sure it stays covered.
If the tooth remains exposed and uncovered, you’re risking serious damage that will lead to the emergency dentist having to pull the whole tooth instead of refilling or recapping it.
When it’s Time for an Emergency Tooth Extraction
Facing the possibility of an emergency tooth extraction can be scary, but that doesn’t always mean it’s definite. The emergency dentist and their staff will do everything they possibly can before they have to make the tough decision to conduct an emergency tooth extraction, so keep that in mind and don’t lose hope just yet!
Knowing what will happen during your emergency tooth extraction procedure, should you have to have one, is a great way to settle some of your nerves. After all, knowing is half the battle.
The emergency dentist and their team will start by completely freezing the area where the tooth will be extracted from. You won’t feel any pain whatsoever, just some pressure within that area.
Once you’ve had a couple of minutes to get comfortable with the freezing and you’re ready to proceed, the emergency dentist will use a pair of dental pliers to gently rock the tooth around in the socket until it pops out. Sometimes, if the tooth is a challenge to remove, the emergency dentist will make the decision to break the tooth up into smaller pieces and remove it piece by piece.
After the entire procedure is all said and done, the emergency dentist will then take some time to go over what you need to do at home to keep the extraction site clean. You must follow their aftercare instructions properly to ensure that the amount of time the site takes to heal is as minimal as possible. Avoiding infection is also extremely important, as well, so don’t skimp on following their instructions at home!
Visiting an Emergency Dentist vs an Emergency Doctor
There are quite a few situations that will lead to you needing both an emergency dentist and an emergency doctor. However, knowing which is needed first is extremely important.
For example, you’ve been in a car accident that has resulted in the loss of a couple of teeth, a broken leg, injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth, and trauma to your head.
Emergency dentists can treat your oral situation straight away. They are fully equipped to treat the injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth and even help with some of the pain. However, they are not able to deal with the trauma you’ve received to your head.
Emergency doctors are able to immediately help you manage your pain, treat the trauma you’ve taken to your head, and can help with any bodily injuries. They can’t help you much with anything oral-related, unless there is an emergency dentist on staff at the ER. This is a rare instance, however.
While you are receiving treatment from an emergency doctor, we highly recommend you give us a call so we can get cracking on setting you up with an emergency dentist.