Emergency Dentistry

When dental emergencies strike, timely care is crucial. Our dedicated emergency dentistry services are here to provide immediate relief and expert care, ensuring that your dental health is promptly addressed.

Emergency Dentistry in Boston, MA

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and often come without warning. That’s why our team can handle any dental crisis, from severe tooth pain to accidents involving your teeth. Our priority is to offer you the comfort and care you need when it matters most.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Severe Toothache: If you are experiencing intense pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Avoid putting aspirin directly on your gums or the aching tooth.

Broken or Knocked-Out Tooth: For a broken tooth, save any pieces you can find. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If a tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, keep it in a glass of milk until you can get to our office.

Lost Filling or Crown: If a crown comes off, try to slip it back over the tooth, using dental cement, toothpaste, or even a denture adhesive to help hold it in place until you can receive professional treatment.

A woman sitting in a dental chair holding her cheek in pain, indicating a dental emergency.
  • What is a dental emergency?

    There are several types of dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can consist of a sudden and severe toothache, an accident that chips or cracks a tooth, a damaged or loose restoration or a lost or damaged tooth. About 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. To know if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Are you in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
    • Do you have a painful toothache that will not subside?
    • Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
    • Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face in combination with a toothache
    • Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
    • Are you bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
    • Is your jaw injured?

    In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening and constitute contacting your dental office.

  • What is not a dental emergency?

    If the problem can be taken care of yourself for a few days without seeing your dentists, it likely isn’t a dental emergency. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if the fracture is painful or has left you with trauma inside your mouth, or, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait a few days to see your dentist.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    The best thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact your dentist, unless it is extremely severe, then you should go to the emergency room.

    Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be some things you can do to help ease your pain and help the situation. Some efforts include:

    • Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash
    • If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist
    • Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
    • Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
    • Swish with Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
    • Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain

Are you having a dental emergency?

If you have more questions about urgent dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. We also provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to the greater Boston area.

Ace Dental Boston in Hyde Park

1138 River St.
Boston, MA 02136
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Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm (every other week)
Sunday: Closed


(617) 361-5020

Ace Dental Boston in West Roxbury

1840 Centre St.
Boston, MA 02132
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Monday - Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9am-2pm (every other week)
Sunday: Closed


(617) 327-5700