Emergency Dentist – Newtown, PA
Relieving Your Pain with Quickness and Care
Whether it’s your child’s sports injury or you just bit down on a hard popcorn kernel, dental emergencies can cause serious pain and trauma. While they’re virtually impossible to plan for, it is important that you know what to do in the event of an emergency and how we can help. Our highly-trained dental team is experienced in treating a wide-range of dental emergencies to relieve your pain and save your smile. Read on to learn more from your emergency dentist in Newtown.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When dental emergencies occur, they can be shocking and uncomfortable. We have offered helpful tips below on some of the cases that happen the most often. For serious emergencies, going to the hospital may be the best option. Here are some helpful tips for what to do when faced with some of the most common dental emergencies:
It is possible that something stuck in between your teeth is causing the pain. We recommend that you floss and rinse thoroughly to make sure. If the discomfort persists, you could have an infection and you should contact your dentist in Newtown. We may need to perform a root canal to remove infected or decayed tissue to relive your pain. In the meantime, it’s fine to take a safe medication for the discomfort, but don’t place it directly on the tooth or the gum tissue as it could cause burning.
If any significant pieces of the tooth have become separated, gather them and make sure to bring them with you to our practice. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the appropriate cheek if any swelling occurs. As a last resort, we may have to extract your tooth if it is too damaged.
Do you still have the tooth? If so, rinse it carefully (taking care to leave the root and natural tissue as untouched as possible) and place it back into its original socket, holding it in place. If this isn’t possible, holding it in your cheek is also a viable option, as well as placing the tooth in a cup of milk. Time is of the essence when it comes to the possibility of reattachment, so contact our team as soon as possible.
A lost crown or filling can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inner portion of your tooth. If this happens, use dental cement found at your local drug store to cover your tooth or reattach your crown. This will protect your tooth until you can come into our office to see your emergency dentist in Newtown for a proper restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can never be prevented 100%, here are some of the best ways to minimize your risk of an emergency occurring:
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, it’s hard to estimate the cost of your dental emergency without examining your mouth first. This is because the cost of your dental emergency will be directly influenced by the type of treatment that you need. In some cases, simple antibiotics can be used to treat pain in your mouth. However, other emergencies require extensive restorations, which will cost much more. The best way to receive a fair and precise estimate is to visit our practice. One of our expert dentists will examine your mouth to determine the treatment that is right for you along with its cost.