Dental Emergencies in Post Office Square, Boston, MA
Dental emergencies don't just pose a threat to your teeth – they can pose a threat to your overall health. If you experience a dental emergency, you need to contact your Post Office Square dentist as soon as possible. We will provide you with top-quality treatment to help restore your oral health.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
When most people think of a dental emergency, they think of a severe toothache or a broken/knocked out front tooth.
While these are some of the most common types of dental emergencies in Boston, there are others that we want our patients to be aware of, so they know when to visit their dentist.
Urgent dental emergencies include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Dry socket after an extraction
- Fractured tooth (front or back tooth)
- Knocked out tooth (avulsion/luxation)
- Cracked tooth with painful cracked tooth syndrome
- Third molar pain
- Nerve inflammation (which can cause extreme dental pain)
- Facial trauma (involving the bones, which can compromise your airway)
- Cellulitis or other bacterial infection, which causes tissue swelling and can result in a closed airway)
- Gum or tooth infection (left untreated, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body including the heart and brain)
If a patient experiences any of these emergencies, we want to see them right away. Other serious conditions that we want to treat as soon as possible include:
- Rampant or deep dental decay
- Gum disease
- Soft tissue sores caused by ill-fitting dentures
- Lost, broken, or loose crown, veneer, bridge, filling, or other dental work
- Gum or tooth soreness after a dental procedure that doesn't decrease within a few days
- Any abnormalities in the soft tissue (bumps, red spots, white spots – whether they cause pain or not)
Why See a Post Office Square Emergency Dentist?
The number one reason you should see your dentist for an emergency is to get out of pain. We don't want any of our patients trying to “suffer through” their pain. Pain is an indicator that something is wrong, and we want to find and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
We also want to help you prevent tooth loss. Treating a problem as quickly as possible gives us a better chance of accomplishing that goal.
Additionally, some dental emergencies can be life-threatening. Oral cancer, infections, swelling, and certain types of traumas can impact vital organs and cause airway closure. It is imperative to see our emergency dentist in Boston as quickly as possible if you notice:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Extreme pain
- Difficulty breathing
Why We Recommend Regular Dental Visits
Some dental emergencies are the result of:
- Lack of good dental hygiene
- Poor diet
- Not visiting the dentist regularly
Good homecare and twice annual visits to your Post Office Square dentist can help keep plaque at bay, which reduces your risk of developing dental decay and gum disease.
If you do develop these dental diseases, regular visits to your dentist will help ensure that the problems are caught early. The earlier we can catch something, the more quickly (and painlessly!) we can fix it.
That is our goal when we urge our patients to stick to a regular dental hygiene schedule and provide them with oral hygiene instructions. We don't want to see you in pain. We want to help you keep all your teeth for a lifetime and we want you to feel happy and confident about your smile. Our team will do all we can to help you achieve those goals.
Serving Your Needs with Care and Compassion
Accidents happen to everyone. Some people are more genetically prone to certain dental diseases, which can result in a dental emergency. Still others don't have or haven't had the means or opportunity to see their dentist regularly.
We understand how intimidating and anxiety inducing it can be to visit a dentist when you're in pain – especially if it's been a while since your last appointment.
Let us reassure you.
When you visit your downtown Boston emergency dentist, you will be welcomed by our warm, friendly team. There is no judgment here. Our only goal is to provide you with immediate, quality care to help reduce your pain, sensitivity, and other symptoms.