The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is an issue that we are all dealing with right now. As your trusted dentist in Worchester, MA, Russell Street Dental Associates wants to provide you with an update on our response to COVID-19, as well as some examples of dental emergencies that we will be treating during this difficult time.
Russell Street Dental Associates’ Response to COVID-19
We have been advised by the Massachusetts Dental Society to close due to the coronavirus. This is a difficult situation as we always look forward to seeing you, however, we do want to follow the guidelines set forth and provide a safe environment for all. Our office will be closing for all treatment for the next 3 weeks, and we intend on re-opening on April 6, 2020. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible to reschedule appointments as needed.
Should you have a dental emergency during this difficult time we are here to provide emergency dental care. Please call our office at 978-394-3290 if you are experiencing a dental emergency.
Our entire team wishes everyone continued health and safety. We recommend all of our patients to do their part in flattening the curve of this illness so that we can all return to normal as soon as possible.
Dental Emergencies in Worchester, MA
If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Worchester, MA, please contact our office immediately at 978-394-3290. Even during the coronavirus, our team is here to provide you with the help you need to restore your dental health. Here are some common dental emergencies that we can assist with during this time:
Knocked-out tooth – If possible, retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If it is dirty, lightly rinse in water, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Attempt to reposition the tooth back in its original socket and hold it there until your emergency appointment. If you cannot get the tooth back into its socket, you can place it inside a warm glass of milk to keep it moist. Knocked-out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket within one hour of being knocked out. Contact us immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown – Lost fillings or crowns can cause extreme tooth sensitivity or discomfort. Do not use temporary measures to replace the filling or re-glue the crown. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can provide you with a replacement. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
Toothache – Try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing gently to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may burn the gum tissue. Contact us as soon as possible for treatment.
Abscess – These are serious conditions that can worsen with time and spread the infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. Call us immediately for treatment. To ease discomfort, you may rinse with a mild saltwater solution.