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Emergency Dentist – Wayland, MA

Stop Your Dental Pain with Emergency Care

A young 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.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

An older man with dental pain.

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.


Start by taking a small amount of floss and sliding it in between your tooth in question and your neighboring tooth. This can loosen food debris that was causing discomfort. We also recommend taking an ibuprofen to relieve inflammation before you arrive. Depending on the emergency, we may perform a cleaning and place a filling or a same-day crown. Severe cases may require root canal therapy.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and make sure to bring them to the office. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the broken tooth sits for now. Take ibuprofen as needed and apply a cold compress to your face to reduce any swelling. If the damage is too severe for a crown to be placed, we may extract the tooth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Do your best to stay calm and find the tooth. Pick it up by the crown portion only and gently rinse off any dirt or debris you see. Do not remove any tissue still attached. Place it back into your open socket to keep it preserved. You can also place it in a container of milk to keep it preserved for up to one hour.

Lost Filling/Crown

Most of the time, lost fillings and crowns are not dental emergencies, but they can feel uncomfortable. If you’d like to temporarily reattach your crown, you can use dental cement, denture adhesive or sugar-free chewing gum to do so. However, we will likely need to replace the restoration once you arrive.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Young woman with dental pain seeing a dentist in Wayland.

Patients can reduce their risk of experiencing a dental emergency by exercising caution when eating tough or sticky foods, avoiding chewing ice, using scissors instead of teeth to open tricky packaging, wearing mouthguards when deemed necessary (such as once you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism/TMJ disorder or while playing sports), and attending routine check-ups and cleanings every six months.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

A woman brushing her teeth.

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.

Whether you’re in need of urgent assistance or you’re simply ready to schedule a check-up, our dental team looks forward to helping patients from Wayland, MA and surrounding areas achieve and maintain their best smiles. Contact our Wayland, MA location today!

Dental Emergency FAQs

If you’ve never experienced a dental emergency before, we understand if you’re feeling confused or not sure what you need to do next. With Wayland Dental by your side, you’re never alone. Of course, if you do have a question, we encourage you to give our FAQ section a look below for your convenience. Got a question that isn’t mentioned? Don’t hesitate to give our office a call and our team will do everything possible to assist you.

Should I visit for a broken or fractured jaw?

A broken jaw is actually one of the few times where you should visit an emergency room over our dental office first. This is because emergency rooms are better equipped to handle issues where a broken bone is present. The same is also true if there is excessive bleeding that will not stop with pressure alone. Following your visit to the hospital, we do recommend coming to our office as well so that we can perform a detailed exam and make sure no teeth were damaged in the process.

Does teeth sensitivity warrant an emergency call/visit?

If your teeth only feel sensitive in the short-term or every once in a while, there’s no need to consider it a dental emergency. However, you will want to call us for a routine checkup to make sure no underlying problems are present. Alternatively, if your sensitivity has been consistent for the past couple days, it could mean that your tooth is suffering from a cavity or your tooth’s pulp has become infected. If you’re in doubt, give us a call so we can provide additional guidance.

Will my toothache get better on its own?

In most cases, toothaches do not get better on their own. This is because unlike other problems like the common cold or a minor cut or bruise, dental issues are not capable of healing themselves. When tooth enamel is broken down, it’s gone for good and will only get worse as time goes on. At our office, we can restore the full functionality of your tooth and make sure no more natural enamel is lost.

What if I bite my tongue or lip and it’s bleeding?

If you’ve bitten your lip or tongue and it is continuously bleeding, wash your hands and rinse your mouth with water so you can better examine the wound. Apply either a gauze pad or clean cloth to the injury to stop the bleeding. If there is any swelling, you can apply a cold compress to the wound just like you would in the event of facial swelling. Go to the emergency room if bleeding does not stop or you notice signs of an infection.

Should I still visit if a chipped tooth causes no pain?

Teeth that are chipped and do not experience any pain can likely wait until normal business hours to be examined. However, you will still need to call and make an appointment as a chipped tooth can easily break down further or accidentally cut your lip or inner oral tissue if the tooth itself is sharp or jagged.