Emergency Dentist – Worcester, MA

Excellent Care for Urgent Dental Problems

Our team at Dr. Joseph Costa Family Dentistry recognizes that emergency dental situations do arise, often at the most inconvenient times. That’s why Dr. Joseph Costa offers emergency dentistry services for patients who need to see a dentist as soon as possible. So, don’t hesitate to call our dental office right away so that we can provide you with the best nearby urgent dental care. For after-hours emergency dentistry in Worcester, call our office to receive an emergency phone number from our answering machine.

Why Choose Dr. Joseph Costa for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Same-Day Appointments for Patients in Pain
  • Dawson Academy-Trained Dentist
  • Multiple Financial Solutions Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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While no two dental emergencies are exactly the same, the treatment process typically involves these four steps:

  • Scheduling a same-day appointment: When you call, you’ll talk to a knowledgeable member of our team who will learn more about your situation. From there, they’ll give you specific instructions on how to handle your dental injury and schedule a time for you to come in for treatment.
  • Conducting an emergency exam: Before we can intervene with the necessary care, we need to pinpoint the root of the problem as well as its severity! To do so, we will take X-rays, conduct an oral exam, and learn more about what happened.
  • Reviewing the findings: Determining the next best steps involves some collaboration, which is why Dr. Costa will review his findings with you. Then, he will explain the treatment options available, discuss the pros of each, and answer any questions you have.
  • Intervening with the necessary treatment: After finalizing your treatment plan and reviewing the associated costs, the last step will be getting the look, health, and function of your smile back on track!

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies should be addressed quickly, not ignored. After all, we want to avoid permanent or costly damage to your teeth and gums! So, if you’re experiencing any of the below, make sure to contact us right away.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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It’s very common for patients to be concerned about the cost of their care, especially in an emergency situation. If you’re in the same boat, don’t worry – our team takes proactive steps to make the financial component of your care stress-free, like being transparent about the cost of your treatment upfront. After discussing your options and providing you with an estimate, we can review all of the ways to make your care more affordable, like dental insurance. Plus, if you’re uninsured, we offer special offers as well. Simply put, we’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to bring any questions you have to our team!

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Good news: the large majority of dental emergencies can be avoided! For example, wearing a mouthguard during sports (even non-contact ones) can reduce your chances of knocking out a tooth significantly. That’s why we encourage our patients to adopt healthy habits, like:

Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

Patient smiling at dentist while they examine their teeth

Protecting your teeth from harm requires more than just a solid brushing and flossing routine; you also need to visit our Worcester dental team twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. These appointments give us the opportunity to screen for oral cancer, examine the condition of existing dental work, and look for any warning signs of dental problems, like tooth decay.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home

Man smiling in mirror while flossing his teeth

On a daily basis, it’s important that you are diligent about caring for your smile. That way, you’re much less likely to experience plaque buildup, large cavities, gum disease, and the like. If you’re unsure where to start, try brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Next, clean your tongue, floss between each tooth (and behind your molars), and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash for 30-60 seconds.

Stick to a Nutritious Diet

Man eating nutritious salad and drinking tea

You may have heard over the years how important it is not to consume sugar in excess. That’s because sugar is one of the leading causes of cavities, which can negatively impact your oral and overall health if left untreated. Instead, try filling your plate with foods that are good for your smile, like whole apples, sweet potatoes, and raw celery. These all contain the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that your body needs to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard

Man wearing blue mouthguard while working out outside

Although you can buy a mouthguard at your local sporting goods store, the ones they sell are rarely comfortable. In fact, some can even be a choking hazard! That’s why we recommend having a custom mouthguard made instead. That way, whether you’re on the field or skateboarding around town, your teeth and gums are protected from harm.

Note: We also recommend getting a mouthguard if you chronically grind or clench your teeth!

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

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Have you ever put your keys in your mouth while rummaging through your purse? Maybe you’ve used your teeth to open a tube of mascara or a package. Whatever the case may be, you should never use your teeth as tools. Although they are strong and sharp, they can easily break under the pressure, requiring a same-day visit to our office for treatment. In short, to keep your teeth healthy and strong, don’t use them as tools.

Schedule an Emergency Dental Exam

Dr. Joseph Costa is your trusted emergency dentist who can handle any type of dental emergency. Do not delay; give us a call today. We provide dental services for all ages and neighborhoods all over the Worcester area.


Is My Toothache a Dental Emergency? If your tooth pain has persisted for more than 24 hours, you should absolutely contact our Worcester dental team to schedule an exam. You should also get in touch with us if it hurts to bite down, your gums are bleeding, or you’re experiencing any other abnormal dental symptoms.

How You Should Handle a Toothache Whether you’re coming in right away to see Dr. Costa or you have a few days until your appointment, we recommend doing what you can to protect your tooth from further harm. That includes rinsing with warm saltwater and avoiding sugary, acidic, spicy, and crunchy foods entirely. 

How We Treat Toothaches Toothaches can be treated in several ways – it really depends on the root of the problem! For example, a minor cavity can be addressed with a tooth-colored filling, but a large crack necessitates a dental crown or tooth extraction. With that said, we will discuss both what we found during the exam and all of the treatment options available to you at your appointment.

Chipped Teeth  

Is a Chipped Tooth a Dental Emergency? Sometimes, a chipped tooth is a dental emergency. We recommend calling us, explaining what happened, and sharing your symptoms so we can determine if a same-day visit with our Worcester emergency dentist is necessary.

How You Should Handle a Chipped Tooth After thoroughly rinsing your mouth with clean, room-temperature water, we recommend covering the tooth with a piece of sugar-free gum or dental wax. This is an easy way to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue from getting cut.

How We Treat Chipped Teeth A chipped tooth can be restored in several ways, but one of the most popular is veneers. After all, they are custom-made for each patient, they can fix both small and large chips, and they can last for 10 years or more with proper care.


Cracked Tooth  

Is a Cracked Tooth a Dental Emergency? Yes, whether small or large, a cracked tooth is a dental emergency. So, don’t wait – contact us right away to schedule an appointment!

Important note: It’s not always easy to see the damage, so keep an eye out for abnormal dental symptoms as well, like pain when biting down.

How You Should Handle a Cracked Tooth In addition to not chewing on that side of your mouth and contacting our Worcester dental team, we recommend sticking to room-temperature water and taking OTC pain medication as needed.

How We Treat Cracked Teeth Sometimes, a cracked tooth can be restored with a dental crown. Other times, having the tooth extracted and replaced is the best option. Either way, we will also start the process of having a mouthguard made to prevent this dental injury from happening again in the future.

Very Sensitive Teeth  

Are Very Sensitive Teeth a Dental Emergency? That depends. Have you already struggled with dental sensitivity, but the sensation seems to be worsening? Is it a new sensation that doesn’t seem to be triggered by something specific, like eating something really hot? If so, then you should definitely schedule an appointment with our Worcester emergency dentist right away.

How You Should Handle Very Sensitive Teeth We recommend first doing what you can to avoid exacerbating your discomfort, like not drinking any really hot or cold beverages. Additionally, you should come in for an emergency exam before the end of the week. That way, we can determine if the root of the problem is an untreated dental issue, like tooth decay.

How We Treat Very Sensitive Teeth Dental sensitivity could be the result of decay, an infection, or something else entirely. That’s why we need to conduct an emergency exam! Then, we can determine if the solution is a tooth-colored filling, dental crown, or gum disease treatment.

Knocked-Out Tooth  

Is My Knocked-Out Tooth a Dental Emergency? Definitely! Remember, if you don’t get the treatment you need within 60 minutes, the chances of us being able to save your tooth is nearly impossible. That’s why it is so important that you call our Worcester dental office right away to explain what happened and schedule an emergency exam.

How You Should Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth In order to save your tooth, the root surface cells need to be preserved. There are two ways you can do this. The first is placing the tooth back in its socket (but only if this doesn’t require force). The second is placing the tooth in a clean container filled with milk.

Note: Water can be used to remove debris from the tooth, but it’s not a suitable alternative for milk.

How We Treat Knocked-Out Teeth When you arrive at our office, we will determine if saving your tooth is feasible. If it isn’t, then we will need to use a dental bridge or implant to fill the new gap. If your tooth was knocked out due to a sports-related accident, then we will also provide you with a custom mouthguard to prevent this dental emergency from happening again in the future.

Lost Filling or Crown  

Is a Lost Filling or Crown a Dental Emergency? Both are dental emergencies since your treated tooth is vulnerable to damage, including an infection, if it isn’t restored right away. So, don’t wait – call us ASAP to share what happened and schedule an appointment.

How You Should Handle a Lost Filling or Crown After calling us to schedule an appointment, focus on doing what you can to keep your mouth and protect your tooth, like rinsing periodically with clean, room-temperature water and not chewing on that side of your mouth.

How We Treat Lost Fillings or Crowns Both lost fillings and lost dental crowns can be replaced with new ones. It’s also possible for us to re-cement your existing dental crown back in place if it’s in good condition and it’s relatively new.

Broken Denture

Loose Permanent Tooth

Injury to the Gums, Lips, or Tongue

Jaw Pain

Something Stuck Between the Teeth