The thing about emergencies, is they strike without warning. We understand emergencies don’t just happen during our office hours. That’s why we’re a full service emergency dentist and we’re always willing to help you anytime you’re in pain.
There are many types of dental emergencies, including a tooth that’s been knocked out, a crown or bridge that has fallen out, or a dreaded toothache. No matter what your dental emergency is, we’ll be able to help.
One of the most common emergencies we see people for is a toothache. A toothache is often caused by an infection resulting from tooth decay. As the decay progresses and reaches the pulp of the tooth, the pulp becomes infected. Your body’s natural defense system kicks in, and it will try to get white blood cells to the pulp to help fight the infection. Because the pulp is in a confined space, as it tries to swell to accommodate the white blood cells, it can cause significant pain.
If the infection is left untreated, the pulp will die. When this happens, the pain stops, but the problem is not gone. The infection continues into the bone, which causes an abscess. If an abscess is left untreated it will cause even more health complications.
You never want to leave a toothache untreated. The longer you wait, the more damage it will do.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you knock out a permanent tooth, put it in milk, and get to us immediately. The treatment for a permanent tooth that’s been knocked out consists of replantation, immediately if possible. If it cannot be replanted, we will discuss options for replacing the lost tooth. Our main goal is to save your tooth, and get you out of pain as soon as possible.
A Bridge or Crown That Falls Out or Breaks
If you aren’t in any pain, this isn’t something that needs to be addressed right away. However, if you are in pain, we’ll replace your crown or bridge after hours if necessary.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
One of the main reasons people tend to neglect their dental care needs and refuse to get treatment…even in an emergency– is because of fear. You may have had a traumatic experience with the dentist and it’s made you afraid. Or, you may just be fearful and don’t know why.
Dr. Burba is extremely gentle with his patients and we’re always sensitive to any anxiety you have. He will take you through each step of the process and you won’t even be able to tell when he gives you a shot!
CALL US TODAY
If you’re in pain or have a dental emergency, and you’re an existing patient– call us now. Our office number is (978) 744-7575. Even if you aren’t a current patient, we’ll see you. If you’re new, please call (888) 285-1543.
For existing patients, we have an “on-call service” for emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Burba will be contacted immediately. Our focus when you come in will be getting you out of pain. After that, we will discuss a more permanent solution.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.