Emergency Dentistry Services Available
Dr. Daniel Whiteman understands that a dental emergency can occur at any time, which is why he offers emergency dentistry services at his Brookline, MA, practice during regular office hours. Whether you have dental damage caused by trauma, significant tooth pain, or another pressing concern, we are here to help. To get in touch with a member of our practice, call our office at (617) 731-4746 or use our online form.
Restoring Teeth During a Single Visit
Thanks to our state-of-the art dental technology, we offer several same-day restorative services. If you have suffered a cracked or chipped tooth, we may be able to completely repair its appearance and function during a single appointment using our in-office CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) machine. In these cases, we will evaluate the degree of damage to determine the restoration that can best address your needs. After reshaping the tooth as necessary, we will use a specialized scanner to take detailed impressions. The impressions will be uploaded to the CEREC® machine, which will then mill your crown, inlay, or onlay from a solid-block of ceramic.
Strategies to Help Avoid Urgent Situations
Undergoing regular checkups and cleanings at our practice is one way you can help to prevent dental emergencies. When cavities, fractures, and oral infections are identified early, we can usually effectively address them with minimally invasive measures and keep them from advancing into pressing concerns. Rather than waiting until a cracked tooth breaks off at the root, let our team provide immediate treatment. If you or your child plays sports, Dr. Whiteman can fabricate a custom-molded mouthguard to help protect teeth from damage. When compared to store-bought types, our mouth guards provide a more secure fit and greater level of comfort.
Whether you have dental damage caused by trauma, significant tooth pain, or another pressing concern, we are here to help.
First Aid Tips for Dental Emergencies
If you or your child has suffered a dental emergency, there are some strategies you can follow immediately:
Dislodged permanent tooth
If there is bleeding, rinse gently with water, then apply a clean, moist washcloth, gauze, or tea bag to the empty tooth socket. You can also bite down on the padding to help slow the bleeding. Then, place the dislodged tooth in a cup and bring it with you to the dentist.
Dislodged baby tooth
If there is bleeding, follow the same instructions as a dislodged adult tooth. If the child is over the age of six, you do not need to save the tooth.
A small chip that causes little or no pain is not an emergency. However, a tooth that has broken deeply — or one that has broken off at the gum line — is an emergency. If there is bleeding, apply a clean, damp washcloth, gauze pad, or tea bag to the area and gently bite down to help slow the bleeding.
A toothache that can be controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen does not constitute an emergency. Simply call our office to schedule the next available appointment. However, if your tooth aches to the point that you cannot function or sleep, you should see a dentist immediately.
To contact Whiteman Dental Associates, use our online form or call (617) 731-4746.