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Emergency Dentist — Wayland, MA

Stop Your Dental Pain with Emergency Care

An older man with dental pain.

Dental emergencies are typically sudden and inconvenient by nature. If you or a loved one is struggling with severe dental pain or injury, try to remain calm and don’t hesitate in reaching out to Dr. Michael Putt and the rest of the team here at Wayland Dental. We do everything in our power to see emergency cases as soon as possible, often on the same day as your initial call . We can also provide guidance over the phone for how to stabilize your condition in the interim, as well as whether or not an emergency room visit is warranted.

Why Choose Wayland Dental for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Young woman with dental pain seeing a dentist in Wayland.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

So what exactly constitutes a dental emergency? If you’re not quite sure, here are some of the most common situations where our team would recommend immediate care. The moment you experience a dental emergency, you should give us a call. Until you arrive at our office, you can learn how to improve your situation and comfort levels beforehand.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

Employee explaining cost of dental emergencies in Wayland

Dental emergencies largely vary in cost mainly because we won’t know what is needed until you complete an exam. From there, we can determine if you need a cleaning and dental filling, a dental crown, root canal therapy, or another service. All of these treatments come with their own unique costs. No matter what your needs might be, we will always prioritize getting you out of discomfort and putting you on a treatment plan that addresses your emergency at the source. We also offer flexible financing options and accept nearly all major insurance plans, so you should never let costs get in the way of the urgent care you need.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Woman with a dental emergency in Wayland

While not all dental emergencies are avoidable, patients can at the very least reduce their risk of experiencing a dental emergency by exercising caution when performing certain tasks day-to-day. While some of these tips may seem like common sense, there may be other suggestions you didn’t consider before. At Wayland Dental, prevention is key, and the steps below are some of the most effective at helping you and your family avoid emergency dental appointments and higher oral healthcare costs.

Visit Our Office Biannually for a Checkup

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By attending routine check-ups and cleanings every six months, you can ensure there are no underlying issues with your smile and catch problems early if there are. Keep in mind that tooth decay and gum disease often develop in silence (i.e. symptoms aren’t very noticeable, if at all) especially in the earliest stages. With a routine checkup, our office can catch them, get you started on a treatment plan, and avoid the risk of a serious infection developing later that requires emergency dentistry to fix.

Maintain Good At-Home Brushing and Flossing

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Routine preventive care is the backbone to any healthy smile. While we would certainly love to see you daily for a cleaning, that’s clearly not feasible, which means you’ll need to brush and floss at home to prevent plaque buildup. When left unremoved, plaque can cause cavities and gum disease to develop, resulting in major discomfort and dental emergencies. Thankfully, removing plaque is as simple as brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Stick to a Mouth-Friendly, Balanced Diet

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We advise against eating tough or sticky foods which can both be harmful to teeth and even cause a tooth to crack or chip. This is especially the case with ice cubes, so avoid chewing on them to prevent damage to your teeth. Additionally, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and reducing your consumption of foods high in sugar and starch will make a huge difference not just in your long-term oral health, but in reducing your risk of experiencing a dental emergency.

Wear a Mouthguard to Protect Your Smile

Man holding a mouthguard while sitting in bed

Wearing mouthguards when deemed necessary (such as once you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism/TMJ disorder or while playing sports) are incredibly important for protecting your smile. Most dental emergencies that occur are due to physical injuries while playing sports, so opt for not just a mouthguard, but a professionally-made one from our office. The same applies if you grind or clench your teeth at night; we offer custom nightguards to reduce the risk of you cracking or chipping a tooth in your sleep.

Never Use Your Teeth as a Tool

Man using bottle opener to open beverage

Teeth are not indestructible, which means they can easily become damaged if used in ways that are inappropriate. Using scissors instead of teeth to open tricky packaging is crucial. Alternatively, when you need to open a bottled beverage, use a bottle opener. While it may seem like you’re saving time by using your teeth, the consequences that can follow are not worth it.