Emergency Dentistry – Natick, MA

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Call Dr. Papageorgiou the moment that you realize that you have oral pain or a dental injury that needs to be addressed immediately. We’ll make arrangements to see you on the same day whenever possible, and we’ll work quickly to get to the root of the problem. The sooner we can stop your pain and fix your damaged teeth, the sooner you’ll be able to smile and return to your everyday life. Don’t hesitate to let us know when you need our help! We're here to offer emergency dentistry in Natick, MA.

Why Choose Papageorgiou Dental Associates
for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Morning, Evening, and Weekend Dental Office Hours
  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments
  • Team That Treats You Like Part of the Family

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman in need of emergency dentistry covering her mouth

Are you experiencing the ultimate consequences of poor oral hygiene? Were your teeth injured in some sort of accident? There are many kinds of emergencies that can occur, and we’re prepared to help you overcome them thanks to the many different treatments we offer in-house. You do need to be able to perform basic dental first-aid, though, so please take note of the following tips for some of the more common dental emergencies that many people will have to deal with at some point in their lives.

Toothaches

Woman with toothache holding her cheek

Check to see if there’s food debris caught between your teeth and remove it with dental floss. If this does not stop the pain, hold a bag of ice over the area for 10 minutes at a time. You may take ibuprofen or similar medication to reduce your pain before you can be properly treated.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Smile with chipped front tooth

Locate any pieces of the teeth that have broken off and store them in a secure container to take with you to our dental office. Your teeth may be rough or jagged, so to protect the inside of your mouth, place some dental wax or wet cotton balls over the teeth in question.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Smile with knocked out bottom tooth

Locate the tooth immediately, pick it up by the crown (not the pointed root), and gently rinse off any dirt or debris. Do not scrub the tooth, as that might damage the roots. Try to put it back in its socket if you can, or store it in a container filled with milk or saltwater. Replanting a tooth works best if the attempt is made within an hour or two of the initial injury, so call our dental office immediately.

Lost Filling / Crown

Model smile with replacement dental crown

If you still have the restoration in question, bring it with you to your appointment. It’s sometimes feasible to put a crown back on your tooth using toothpaste as an adhesive. This should only be used as a temporary measure; you’ll still need to visit us for a more permanent reattachment (or replacement).

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Man receiving checkup to prevent dental emergencies

Everyone is at risk for dental emergencies, but the risk to your smile can be lowered simply by taking the right precautions. Remember to:

  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing football and other high-contact sports
  • Never use your teeth as tools for opening packages or bottles
  • Drop bad habits like biting down on fingernails or crunching ice
  • Brush and floss at least two times every day
  • Visit Dr. Papageorgiou twice a year for checkups and cleanings

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Woman in pain before emergency dentistry

We’ll make sure that you have a good idea of what the cost of your emergency treatment will be before moving forward with the process. Remember that said cost can vary quite a bit depending on your needs; a patient who only needs a dental crown, for example, will not pay the same amount as someone who needs to have a tooth completely removed and replaced. Generally speaking, it’s best to have dental emergencies dealt with as soon as possible so that you can avoid the need for more costly treatments later.

Tooth Extractions 

Man holding cheek before tooth extraction

Teeth occasionally have to be removed if keeping them would do more harm than good. We will consider an extraction if your tooth is badly infected and beyond the point where root canal therapy can help, or if your tooth is so severely damaged that a filling or crown cannot be used to restore it. Our team will be by your side to help you remain calm and comfortable during the extraction, and we can help you explore multiple options for replacing teeth.

TMJ Therapy

Dentists reviewing jaw and skull x-ray to plan T M J therapy

While most people think of the teeth and gums when they hear the words “dental emergency”, sometimes the issue might be with the jaw itself. The joints responsible for connecting your lower jaw to your skull can become injured or strained relatively easily, leading to chronic pain. We recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Papageorgiou so that she can determine whether or not the issue is linked to a TMJ disorder and how it can be treated.

Learn About TMJ Therapy