Emergency Dentist Putnam

We’re Here to Deliver Immediate Care When You Need It

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They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While you may be unable to predict and even prevent some dental emergencies, you can have a plan in place to avoid possible panic. At Unique Dental of Putnam, we want you to know that you can call on us for help when dealing with a dental injury. Offering same-day and Saturday appointments, our Putnam emergency dentists can provide immediate care when you need it most. Just call our office to inquire about the steps you should take when faced with a serious dental emergency.

Why Choose Unique Dental of Putnam for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day & Saturday Appointments Available
  • State-of-the-Art Technology for Added Comfort & Precision
  • We Will Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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Treating a dental emergency requires several steps. First, you must call our office to discuss your injury. Based on the information you provide, we will work to schedule an appointment for you to come in as soon as possible. The moment you arrive, we’ll escort you to a treatment room, where we’ll take images of your teeth and gums, pinpoint the problem area, and craft a personalized treatment plan for you to review. We want to help you out of pain quickly, so we will start the process of fixing your dental injury so that you experience no additional discomfort and walk away from your visit with a fully repaired and restored smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

No matter the type of dental emergency, it’s important that you seek our professional help. We can determine the severity and make recommendations to ensure your smile remains in optimal shape moving forward. In the meantime, feel free to review some of the most common dental emergencies we treat and how you can manage the symptoms at home.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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If you are expecting a set price for your dental emergency appointment and treatment, you will be disappointed. The reason is that it is impossible to determine how much you will pay without a thorough examination. This is why you should get in to see our team right away. Forgoing proper care will only cause your injury to worsen, leading to more time-consuming and costlier procedures. However, by allowing our team to evaluate your case, we will not only provide timely treatment but also work with your dental insurance company to ensure you pay the lowest possible price.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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We know that it is impossible to prevent all types of dental emergencies, but we do believe that you can minimize your risk if you take the appropriate steps. These might include:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet that consists of nutrient-rich foods
  • Keeping your six-month dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist
  • Adopting good oral hygiene habits at home that encourage healthier teeth and gums
  • Wearing appropriate mouth protection to safeguard against dental injuries
  • Giving up smoking and other unhealthy habits that can damage your teeth and gums

Dental Emergency FAQs

Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?

While there are exceptions to the rule, you should try to visit your dentist first in most situations. Emergency rooms are hardly ever equipped or staffed with the correct equipment and personnel to handle dental issues. The only exceptions are jaw fractures and dislocation, serious cuts to the face or mouth that won’t stop bleeding, and abscesses that have swollen to restrict breathing or swallowing. At Unique Dental of Putnam, we offer same-day and Saturday emergency appointments, so you won’t have to wait if your crisis occurs during those hours.

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

If you have a toothache, it’s best to call ahead and schedule an appointment. There are several reasons why your tooth could be in pain and all of them require treatment. If the pain subsides on its own, it could indicate that an infection is spreading and killing the nerves of the tooth. As a rule, tooth pain doesn’t go away on its own without a reason because teeth are incapable of healing themselves. So, having your mouth checked by Dr. Moaz or Dr. Zakhem is the best and safest option when it comes to throbbing tooth pain and could save you from requiring more costly treatment.

Should Knocked-Out Teeth Be Placed in Water?

No. It can be used to gently rinse a knocked-out tooth if it’s dirty, but it shouldn’t be transported in water. The chemical makeup of water (especially tap water) can kill the connective tissues still attached to the root after too long. Instead, try to gently place it back into the socket if possible. Otherwise, you can use milk or a saline solution for up to an hour. You can also carry it in your cheek or store it with an emergency tooth preservation kit like Save-a-Tooth®. Remember, your tooth’s odds of being reimplanted successfully go down after around 30 minutes, so try to store it properly and see us fast!

Can I Pop a Dental Abscess on My Own?

While it may be tempting to lance a dental abscess at home, especially if it's in pain, this is never a good idea. Abscesses form when your body is attempting to kill an infection near your tooth. White blood cells rush to the area to fight it off, and the resulting pus must evacuate. Often this occurs through the gums or other soft tissues surrounding the affected area. This causes a swollen, bacteria-infested mass that could turn deadly if not handled properly. If you see a zit-like bump form on your gums or cheek, give us a call immediately.


Chipped Tooth

Cracked Tooth

Very Sensitive Teeth

Knocked-Out Tooth

Lost Filling or Crown

Broken Denture

Loose Permanent Tooth

Injury to the Gums, Lips, or Tongue

Jaw Pain

Something Stuck Between the Teeth