If you have a dental emergency, it’s important to contact a professional for care. We recommend that patients contact a hospital before our office if they have a physical and dental injury. Our office can provide services afterward. Here you can learn what to do if you have a dental emergency before you visit our office in Doylestown, PA. We encourage our patients to ask questions as needed if they have an emergency or are unsure if they require urgent dental care in our office.
Dental Emergency in Doylestown, PA
What should you do if you have an emergency? Read about what to do if you have these common dental emergencies:
Lost Permanent tooth
If you have just lost a permanent tooth and can locate it, hold it by its crown and rinse it in cool water. You can try to place the tooth back in your mouth without touching the roots. Once you place the tooth in its socket, gently bite down. If the tooth does not stay in place, contact us. We can try to reattach the tooth. Transport the tooth to our office in a cup of saliva or tucked in the side of your cheek. Keeping the tooth moist increases the likelihood that we are able to reattach the tooth. However, we can provide implants and implant restorations if we cannot.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Have you just broken a tooth? Clean it with warm water. You can also combat swelling by placing a cold compress on your face. We can plan a dental crown, bonding treatment, or dental veneers to fix your tooth. Crowns fully cover teeth, while bonding and veneers cover parts of dental injuries. These treatments can also brighten teeth that are discolored due to a dental injury.
Broken or Lost Restoration
If you have lost or broken a dental restoration, call our office. Do not try to place the restoration back in your mouth if you can locate it. Instead, bring it to our office. We can make you a new restoration and provide you with a temporary restoration in the meantime.
Rinse your mouth with warm water if you have a toothache. Floss between your teeth if there is an object between your teeth causing pain. Do not put aspirin on your teeth or gums. However, you can take pain medication and then contact our office. There are many possible causes of toothaches from gum disease, cavities, and injuries.
There are several things you can do at home to prevent emergencies. Avoid chewing ice or very hard or chewy foods, especially if you have a dental restoration or braces. Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports can also prevent chips or cracks in the enamel and tooth loss. We recommend mouthguards for sports like soccer, hockey, or football.
Do you have a dental emergency? Call (215) 261-7392 if you require urgent dental treatment. If you don’t have a dental emergency but want to schedule an appointment, contact us on our website.