It’s scary when something goes wrong with your oral health. No matter how well you care for your smile, a toothache, broken tooth, or other injury can take anyone by surprise -- and your next steps can mean the difference in saving the tooth or not. Knowing there is an emergency dentist near Agawam can help you keep calm in an urgent situation. Keep reading to learn more about how Dr. Frank Michitti and our team can help get you out of pain and on with your life the next time the unexpected occurs.
Sometimes people delay seeking the emergency treatment they need because they are unsure whether or not urgent care is really all that necessary. Don’t let that happen to you. The general guideline is this: if it is causing you persistent pain, if something has broken, or if there is significant bleeding, you should get in touch with your dentist right away.
Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
Right after a dental emergency occurs, remember to keep your calm. Collect any broken pieces, wash and store them safely for possible reattachment. If you have lost a tooth, rinse away any debris and either place it back in its empty socket or in a cup of milk or water. Apply consistent pressure to a bleeding wound with a clean gauze or cloth. Take pain medication to ease discomfort and apply an ice pack on the affected cheek to reduce swelling. Try to get in touch with our office right away. A knocked out tooth should typically be treated within two hours for successful reattachment.
In most cases, an emergency dentist is better equipped to handle your situation than the ER. However, if you are bleeding profusely for 10 or more minutes or believe you have broken a bone in your jaw, you should seek emergency medical treatment right away.
While there is no way to fully prevent a dental emergency, there are some steps you can take to help make sure one does not happen to you. Most tooth injuries occur as a result of contact sports -- and wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard can provide significant protection for your smile. Try to break habits like nail biting and chewing on pens or ice. In addition, brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning will help to prevent cavities that can turn into toothaches and abscesses later on.
One short drive is all you need to get everything your smile needs. Here’s where you can find us
1156 Springfield St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
The drive couldn’t be simpler! Just take Elm St. to Mill St., and stay on it until it turns into Springfield St. We’ll be on your right just after Belvidere Ave., and if you pass Northwood St., you’ve gone too far! You will find us right next to McCarthy Tile and Feeding Hills Family Physicians. If you get hungry after a visit, we’re just down the street from Agawam’s Java Shop, Wendy’s, and a Super Stop & Shop.
After reading this, we’re sure you can see why we’re worth the short drive, and why our patients from Agawam are more than happy to do it. We’re committed to helping your family at a higher level than any other dental practice, and we can’t wait to show you the difference we can make for your smile.
If you have any questions about everything we can offer, or want to schedule an appointment, just give us a call today. We hope to meet you soon!