Emergency Dentistry - Dennis & Barnstable, MA

Urgent Dental Care Can Save Your Smile

Trusted and Compassionate Emergency Dental Care

At Harris Dental, we understand the importance of promptly addressing dental problems to prevent infection and further complications. That’s why we offer same- or next-day emergency dentistry services, ensuring you receive prompt care for a wide range of non-life-threatening dental concerns. Whether it’s a toothache, cracked tooth, or other dental issue, our team is committed to providing timely and effective care to restore oral health and alleviate discomfort.

We Treat a Wide Range of Dental Emergencies

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If you have a debilitating toothache that lasts more than one to two days, you may have deep decay or an infected tooth. Without proper care, your condition will get worse. As the infection progresses, the pulp inside your tooth will continue to die, causing increasingly bad pain.

Our team will determine the cause of your toothache and take prompt steps to resolve your issue. For example, an emergency root canal can alleviate a painful pulp infection and often save the tooth from being extracted.

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form inside your teeth, gums, or the bone that holds your teeth in place. A bacterial infection causes it and usually results in intense throbbing pain in the affected area that starts suddenly and gradually worsens. Other symptoms include sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages and facial redness or swelling.

An emergency root canal is the treatment of choice for a tooth abscess. If you have a gum abscess, an immediate, or sometimes temporary, solution is for our team to make a small incision in the gum tissue to drain the abscess.

Tooth fractures can involve the crown, the root or both, with or without exposure of the pulp. Fractures that expose the pulp are often painful and require immediate treatment. Tooth fragments should be kept hydrated because we may be able to reattach them. Fractures of the root usually require digital X-rays for accurate diagnosis, unless the tooth is particularly loose and the fracture is close to the gingival margin. For root fractures, treatment may involve root canal therapy, splinting or extraction, depending on the exact nature and extent of the issue.

Luxation involving the pulp and/or supporting tissue accounts for 18–33% of injuries to permanent teeth. During an injury, a tooth can get pushed forward, backward or sideways, partially out of or into the socket. Types of luxation include intrusive, extrusive and lateral. Potential therapeutic options include passive repositioning (for intrusive luxation), manual repositioning (all luxation types), and intentional replantation.

A knocked out tooth is a dental emergency that requires emergency dental services in all locations. While primary teeth are never re-implanted, prompt re-implantation is the preferred treatment method for permanent teeth. Care should be taken not to touch, rub or clean the root because this can remove periodontal ligament fibers and reduce the chance of successful re-implantation. Call our office immediately and transport the knocked out tooth in milk if you can’t place it back in the socket. Splinting is the most common way to treat knocked out teeth caused by traumatic dental injury.

You may experience some discomfort after losing a crown or filling, especially when biting or chewing, but sometimes treatment can wait until you visit Harris Dental during normal office hours. With that said, you should call our office immediately if you lose a crown or filling and experience any signs of infection, such as severe pain, facial or jaw swelling, fever or trouble opening your mouth. Bacteria can spread to other areas of your body and lead to life-threatening symptoms if left untreated.

Making Emergency Care Accessible

We understand the stress of a dental emergency, so we prioritize delivering excellent, comfortable, and accessible dental care for scheduled visits or unforeseen circumstances impacting your smile. We accept insurance from multiple providers and offer flexible financing options to minimize financial concerns. We aim to ensure you receive the care you need promptly and without added financial worry during stressful times.

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