Harleysville Emergency Dentistry
Have you ever had a dental emergency? Doesn’t it seem like they always happen at the most inconvenient times? No matter how well you take care of your teeth, at some point you and your family are likely to have a dental emergency that requires immediate attention.
The last thing you need when you have an emergency is to deal with the inconvenience of visiting an unfamiliar dentist. After all, this is exactly the time when you need to see a friendly face and professionals who already understand your needs.
If you have an emergency during regular hours, we will make arrangements to get you in as quickly as possible, especially if you’re in pain.
Steps to Take if You Have an Emergency
We will always do our best to see you as soon as possible when you have an emergency. In the interim, the steps you take can often make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Important Note: If your emergency involves trauma that includes injury to your jaw or head, please go directly to an emergency room or call 911.
Intense Toothache Pain: Sudden, severe pain is an indication that a serious problem is developing and needs to be attended to as quickly as possible. A severe toothache may occur because of decayed, cracked, or broken teeth, a lost filling, or severe gum disease.
If the pain is accompanied by a bump on your gum, you may have an abscess and root canal treatment may be necessary. Until you can get to our office, place ice packs on and off the area at twenty-minute intervals to get some relief.
Knocked-Out Tooth: If your tooth has been knocked out, immediate action will significantly increase the odds of saving the tooth. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it gently in water. Be careful not to brush or scrub the tooth to avoid disturbing any attached fragments of tissue.
You may try to gently replace the tooth back in its socket, but don’t force it. Otherwise, do not allow the tooth to dry out—place it in a cup of milk or warm water until you get to our office.
Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to cleanse the area. A cold compress or ice pack can be used to help reduce discomfort and swelling.
Lost Crown or Filling: Losing a filling or dental crown can cause pain and weaken the structure of your tooth. Contact our office immediately to reduce the possibility of further damage.
If you experience a dental emergency, you don’t have to suffer unnecessarily. Please contact our office during business hours, and a friendly team member will make arrangements to see you as quickly as possible. If it’s after hours, you can reach us at 215-896-0083.
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