A dental emergency can be a stressful experience, but in our Norfolk, MA dental office, we strive to make emergency dental visits as pain-free as possible.
Each of our dentists is committed to treating toothaches fast – usually on the same day. We also make sure you have as many options as possible to eliminate pain and protect your smile.
Your Emergency Dental Visit
If you are unsure whether you have a dental emergency, the best approach is to contact Norfolk County Dental Care and speak to a member of our knowledgeable staff.
When you arrive in our office for your emergency visit, an assistant will take an x-ray of the area to help your Norfolk emergency dentist, Dr. Xi Sun, Dr. David Iadarlola, or Dr. Nicole Ford, make an accurate diagnosis. Many dental conditions are not visible without an x-ray.
We always present all treatment options and explain them so you can make the best choice for your oral health. An emergency dental exam helps us relieve your pain and stabilize the area until full treatment can be completed. Sometimes we can accomplish this is a single visit; other times, we will schedule a follow-up appointment.
Why Toothaches Develop
Toothaches can happen because of:
- An acute condition, like an infection
- A chronic condition, like grinding your teeth
- An accident or trauma
We will perform an emergency evaluation to determine the cause of your pain.
Root Canal Treatment
One of the most common dental emergencies is an infection. A painful tooth does not necessarily mean you need an extraction, however. Often, a root canal can save your tooth.
Root canals have an unfair reputation for being painful when in actuality, they feel similar to a filling – only they reduce your pain and set you on the path to healing.
We always make sure your tooth is completely numb before we begin.
During root canal treatment, we will…
- Make a small access to the root of the tooth
- Clean out the infected nerve and tissue
- Place medication inside the canal to heal the tooth
- Seal the tooth to keep out food and bacteria
Once you have healed and the infection is resolved, we will place a permanent restoration to protect your tooth. When we remove the pulp and nerve, your tooth will become more brittle, and the added protection of a dental crown can add years or even decades to the life of your tooth.
How We Repair Broken Teeth
A broken tooth is another common dental emergency. Sometimes a broken tooth occurs because of an accident while other times it is because the structure was already compromised from a teeth grinding habit or previous injury.
Either way, repairing the tooth with a filling or dental crown will make it feel comfortable and protect it from food and bacteria.
In some cases, removing a troubled tooth is the best way to protect your oral health. We offer dental extractions right here in our comfortable Norfolk dental office and help you choose the best way to fill the gap in your smile.
Do You Have a Toothache?
Taking action right away can give you more treatment options and make it possible to save your tooth. Call us promptly, and even when it is after hours, one of our dentists will get in touch right away.