Emergency Dentist Windham

Fast, Convenient Dental Care When You Need It Most

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When a dental emergency occurs, it’s normal to be in a bit of shock. But before you allow panic to set in, remember that our team at Roosevelt Dental is here to help. Offering fast, convenient dental care when you need it most, we provide same-day appointments for emergency patients. No matter if you’re experiencing a chipped, cracked, or knocked-out tooth, you can call us right away and know that our Windham emergency dentists and team will do everything we can to get you the assistance you need.

Why Choose Roosevelt Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • We Welcome Many PPO Dental Insurance Plans
  • Sedation Dentistry is Available
  • Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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No two dental emergencies are the same. However, you can expect that we will follow a similar process when handling these types of cases. This includes:

  • Scheduling an appointment – You’ll need to call our office and let us know of the situation. Based on your explanation, we will determine a time for you to come in and see our emergency dentist. While waiting at home, we’ll make sure you have the tips and first-aid techniques to minimize any pain.
  • Undergo a thorough examination – Once you arrive at our office, we’ll escort you back to receive dental X-rays and imaging. We’ll then perform a visual examination and learn more about the situation that resulted in an emergency visit.
  • Analyze findings – Using the images and notes gathered during our examination, we’ll analyze our findings to determine the underlying cause. This will allow us to create a personalized treatment plan that we will go over with you.
  • Get your smile back on track – Once we review the detailed plan with you, we will begin to administer appropriate treatment so that your smile is fully restored.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Not all dental emergencies seem urgent. However, what might seem minor to you might actually be something quite serious. It’s always best to call our office and let us know of the situation before assuming it will just heal on its own. But if you’d like to know more about what constitutes a dental emergency, review the information below, as these are some of the most common injuries we treat.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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You may be tempted to forgo emergency dental care because you fear how much it will cost. This is probably the worst thing you can do, as neglecting essential treatment will only lead to more serious and harmful results. Instead, you will find that if you are using your dental insurance, most companies offer one emergency exam each year, and minor and major restorative services may be covered anywhere from 50 to 80%. Our team will review your plan to determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket as well as ways to reduce your expenses while getting the care you need.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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You cannot expect to avoid all dental emergencies. No matter how diligent you are with your oral hygiene or how careful you might be, accidents still happen. But you can take certain precautions to minimize your chances of ending up at the emergency dental office, such as:

  • Keeping up with your six-month dental checkups and teeth cleanings with our Roosevelt Dental team.
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly.
  • Wearing a protective mouthguard if you choose to engage in sports or if you are prone to grinding your teeth at night.
  • Eating a diet that is rich in calcium, lean protein, and other nutrient-rich vitamins and minerals.
  • Giving up bad habits that will only put your smile at risk, including smoking, eating ice, and chewing on inanimate objects like pens and pencils.

Dental Emergency FAQs

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

We need to start this section with a disclaimer: we do not recommend trying to “sleep off” a toothache. With that said, there are some cases where you might not be able to get to our office the same day for treatment, and we don’t want you to struggle to sleep in the meantime. To prevent your toothache from getting in the way, we recommend sticking to a “bland” dinner, like oatmeal. Since it’s soft and free of spicy, sugary, and acidic components, it won’t exacerbate your discomfort leading up to bedtime. From there, we recommend using a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time, taking an OTC pain reliever about 30 minutes before bed, and propping yourself up on a few pillows while you sleep.

Can the emergency room remove a tooth?

Although the professionals at the ER will be able to manage your pain, they won’t be able to remove your tooth. That’s why it’s always best to make your first call to your dentist (unless you’re struggling with a potentially life-threatening symptom, of course).

What does throbbing tooth pain mean?

Throbbing tooth pain means one thing: you need to schedule an appointment with us ASAP. If needed, we can schedule your exam with our Windham emergency dentist for the very same day. From there, Dr. Miedema can determine what the source of your discomfort is and, of course, the best way to restore your pain-free smile.

Do chipped teeth heal?

Sadly, your teeth cannot regenerate. So, if you chipped your tooth, the best thing to do is contact us to schedule an appointment. Sometimes, same-day care is required. Other times, we can set aside time for you to come in before the end of the week and give you detailed instructions on how to protect your tooth from further harm until then.

Are knocked-out baby teeth a dental emergency?

A knocked-out baby tooth may not be a dental emergency. It really depends on if your child is in any pain, if their surrounding teeth and gums were damaged in the process, and if their tooth came out sooner than expected. The best thing to do in this situation is to call us ASAP. Over the phone, you can explain what happened to one of our knowledgeable team members, and they can guide you through what the next best steps are.

Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?

Although superglue is a powerful adhesive, you shouldn’t use it to repair your broken dentures. After all, household items like this contain toxins that are not safe to ingest! Plus, it’s a band-aid solution at most, meaning that you’d only be putting off the inevitable: scheduling an appointment. In short, if your dentures break, the best thing to do is give us a call as soon as you can.