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Emergency Dental Care at Melrose Dental Group: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and can be a source of significant stress and discomfort. At Melrose Dental Group, we are equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies with prompt, compassionate care. Understanding what constitutes a dental emergency, what to expect when you visit us for urgent care, and how to prepare can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with these situations. This blog post provides a comprehensive guide to emergency dental care at our clinic.

Understanding Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate dental care to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, or alleviate severe pain. Here are some common dental emergencies:

  • Toothaches: Severe pain in or around a tooth may indicate an abscess or other infection.
  • Chipped, Broken, or Knocked-Out Teeth: Accidents can break, chip, or completely knock out teeth, requiring urgent care to save them or prevent further damage.
  • Lost Fillings or Crowns: A lost filling or crown can cause significant pain and leave the tooth at risk of further damage.
  • Abscesses or Swelling: Swelling or abscesses can indicate an infection that needs immediate treatment to prevent spread.
  • Bleeding and Trauma: Any injury to the gums or teeth that results in uncontrolled bleeding is a dental emergency.

What to Expect During an Emergency Visit to Melrose Dental Group

Here’s what you can expect when you come to Melrose Dental Group for emergency dental care:

Immediate Assessment and Triage

  • Prompt Attention: We strive to assess and treat emergencies quickly – our goal is to see you as soon as possible to minimize your pain and stabilize your condition.
  • Preliminary Examination: One of our skilled dentists, such as Dr. Piro Leno, will examine your mouth, assess the urgency of your situation, and determine the next steps.

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Digital Diagnostics: We may use digital X-rays or other imaging technologies to get a clearer view of the issue.
  • Pain Management: We’ll address any severe pain first with appropriate pain relief measures, including local anesthesia if needed.
  • Treatment: Depending on the emergency, treatment may involve setting a fractured tooth, performing a root canal, placing a temporary crown, or other procedures to address immediate needs.

Post-Treatment Care and Planning

  • Follow-Up Instructions: We provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure you know how to care for your dental issue following treatment.
  • Prescriptions: If necessary, we’ll prescribe antibiotics or other medications to help prevent infection or manage pain.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: We often schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your recovery and plan any further treatment needed.

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

While dental emergencies are often unexpected, there are steps you can take to be better prepared if they occur:

  • Know Your Dentist’s Emergency Policies: Familiarize yourself with how your dental office handles emergencies. At Melrose Dental Group, we encourage patients to call us immediately if they believe they have an emergency.
  • Keep a Dental First Aid Kit: This should include items like gauze, a small container with a lid, over-the-counter pain relievers, and saline solution.
  • Save Your Dentist’s Contact Information: Have Melrose Dental Group’s contact information easily accessible in case of emergencies.

A Real-Life Emergency: Lisa’s Experience at Melrose Dental Group

Lisa, a patient at Melrose Dental Group, recently needed emergency dental care:

“I tripped and chipped my front tooth on a weekend. It was painful and embarrassing. I called Melrose Dental Group, and they saw me within an hour. Dr. Leno was so kind and repaired my tooth beautifully. I was amazed at the quick, efficient care and the fantastic results!” – Lisa M.


Emergencies are daunting, but at Melrose Dental Group, we are ready to provide the care and support you need during these critical times. Our team is committed to alleviating your pain, treating your dental emergencies, and helping you through the recovery process with expertise and compassion.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait. Visit our services page to learn more about our emergency care services, and call us immediately to get the help you need.

For more information and tips on handling dental emergencies, check out our blog.

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