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Dental Emergencies Can Be Seen Same-Day.

Dental problems can be painful, especially when you have a dental emergency or the pain comes on suddenly and acutely. Toothaches can start small and worsen quickly. Accidents can happen at any time. We often face dental emergencies at times when finding an open dental office is challenging, like after business hours, late at night or over the weekend. Finding an emergency dentist does not have to be difficult. Gentle Dental has over 40 convenient locations across New England, including offices open on Sunday, to help with your dental emergencies.

At Gentle Dental, we can see dental emergencies same-day, and have specialists on staff to get you the treatment you need. Most dental pain or trauma does not require immediate emergency dental work. However, there are extreme circumstances where an emergency dentist is needed for care and treatment. Whatever the situation, Gentle Dental can help alleviate your pain and discomfort and help prevent permanent damage or bone loss. Just call to schedule an emergency appointment today.

Get relief from:

  • Chipped, cracked or missing teeth
  • Tooth or gum abscess
  • Toothache
  • Mouth pain
  • Bitten/cut tongue or cheek
  • Broken braces wires or brackets
  • Jaw pain and other dental emergencies

Temporary Emergency Dental Care Relief

Here are a few tips to help you alleviate pain and lessen permanent damage until an emergency dentist can see you. Short-term emergency dental care and dental treatment at home can help relieve severe oral pain, but a trip to the dentist is always recommended.

  • Broken or Cracked Tooth

    Broken or Cracked Tooth

    Rinse the area of the broken tooth with warm water. Put a cold compress on the face to try to keep swelling down. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Seek immediate dental attention.

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  • Tooth Ache

    Tooth Ache

    First, clean around the sore tooth carefully and completely. You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water to displace any food that may be trapped between teeth. If you can, use dental floss to remove any food still stuck in the mouth. If there is any swelling in the face, apply a cold compress. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue. See a dentist as soon as possible.

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  • Cold or Canker Sores

    Cold or Canker Sores

    There are many choices of over-the-counter medications that can provide temporary relief. Visit your local pharmacy to select a topical medication to address your issue.

    Mouth pain, even when minor, can indicate an underlying problem that could worsen with time. It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. With proper care, you can minimize damage to the teeth, gums, and supporting bone.

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  • Temporary Crown Falls Out

    Temporary Crown Falls Out

    If you still have your crown, dry the tooth and apply a temporary adhesive and reattach it. Please call and schedule an office visit as soon as possible.

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  • Broken Braces and Wires

    Broken Braces and Wires

    Broken wires are a common problem and can hurt your cheek, tongue, or gum. First, you should check if the wire is still attached to the bracket. If it is, just leave it in place. If the wire is sticking out, use a cotton swab to carefully press it back into position. Do not cut the wire. If there are any protruding edges, you can use orthodontic wax (available at most drugstores), cotton balls, or gauze to cover the sharp edges. If you have a loose bracket, you can put some orthodontic wax over the bracket to keep it from poking your cheek or gum until you can see the orthodontist. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort and you can often wait for your next scheduled visit. A quick call to your orthodontist can help you make the best decision.

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  • Possible Broken Jaw

    Possible Broken Jaw

    A broken jaw requires immediate emergency room attention. If you can, tie the mouth closed with a scarf, tie or towel and go to the nearest hospital ER.

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  • Missing or Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

    Missing or Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

    Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Keep it moist at all times. Reinsert the tooth in the socket without touching the root and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, place it between your cheek and gums, in milk or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Improvement. Then, see an emergency dentist immediately.

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  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

    Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

    Ice the bruised area and apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth for any bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to the nearest Urgent Care or Hospital Emergency Room.

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  • Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

    Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

    Fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, schedule an appointment with the dentist.

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Whatever your dental emergency, our experienced team of dentists can help with treatments and resolutions, often with a same day appointment. We have specialists on staff to help with all kinds of dental issues. Call today to schedule a consult in one of our many dental offices near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where I go for a dental emergency?

You can go to any Gentle Dental location if you have a dental emergency. At Gentle Dental, we can see dental emergencies same-day, and have specialists on staff to get you the treatment you need.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any problem related to the teeth, gums or tongue which causes extreme discomfort, severe pain or bleeding. Please call your local Gentle Dental immediately for an emergency dental appointment.

Is a loose dental implant an emergency?

If your loose dental implant is causing pain, call your local Gentle Dental. We see same-day appointments and have specialists on staff.

What do I do in a dental emergency?

Call your local Gentle Dental if you have a dental emergency. We can see emergencies same-day and are open evenings and on weekends.

Is emergency dental care covered by insurance?

Most dental benefits cover standard and emergency care provided by dentists. Call your local Gentle Dental and speak with a Patient Care Representative to learn more.

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Painful or infected tooth, temporary dental crown comes off, knocked out tooth, or a cracked tooth are some examples of dental emergencies. Along with the above examples, if you are experiencing unusual pain or discomfort with your teeth, gums or tongue call your local Gentle Dental for an emergency appointment immediately


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