Emergency Dentist – Montgomeryville, PA
Relieving Your Pain with Expert Care
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can strike at any moment, turning your wonderful day into a sometimes traumatic and painful experience. However, knowing what to do after an emergency happens and who to call can help save your smile. At Dental Innovations, we have a team of dentists with a variety of specialties including an oral surgeon and endodontist to provide you with the best care possible. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about dental emergencies and why it’s important to call our office if you or a family member has one.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
You can never plan for emergencies but knowing what to do when one occurs can save your smile. Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories: sudden injuries or long-term infections. At Dental Innovations, we can help with both. In the meantime, use these tips for handling the most common dental emergencies:
If you’re experiencing pain in a tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water and floss around the area. Sometimes it can be a piece of food debris causing irritation. If the pain persists, you may have an infection that needs a root canal. This treatment can effectively remove infected and damaged parts of your tooth while keeping it intact. Contact us immediately if you’re experiencing pain in your tooth for more than a few days.
If you break or chip a tooth, pick up the pieces and wash them off. Apply gauze if there is bleeding and call us right away. Our dentists in Montgomeryville may be able to repair your tooth, but there is also a chance it will need to be extracted if it is severely damaged. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce pain and swelling.
If your tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the crown and wash it off. If you can, place it back into its socket until you can visit our office. If this isn’t possible, keep it moist in water or milk. The sooner you can see one of our dentists, the better chances that your tooth can be successfully replanted.
If you lose a filling or crown, use dental cement or even gum to reattach it or cover your tooth. When you lose a restoration, the sensitive part of your tooth is exposed, which can cause serious pain. That’s why it’s important that you get the affected area protected and call our office right away.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can never be 100% prevented, but there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance of one happening. If you or a family member participates in sports or physical activity, wear a protective mouthguard. You should also maintain a good oral health routine to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. That means regular dental checkups and cleanings as well as at-home brushing and flossing.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There are many factors that play a role in the cost of a dental emergency, which is why it’s hard to give an estimate without seeing the problem first. Sometimes treatment may be as simple as prescription medication, but other times it could require more serious advanced care, replacement, and more. If you have pain in your mouth, visit our office as soon as you can so we can get a better idea of the issue. Then, we’ll be able to give you a fairer and more precise estimate.