We understand that dental emergencies can happen, and we also realize that emergencies can’t wait. That’s why Progressive Family Dentistry offers emergency dental care to ensure you get the necessary attention you need as soon as possible.
If you’re experiencing serious oral pain, swelling, or bleeding, call our office at (610) 358-5690 right away — we’ll assess the problem and determine the best course of action to get you back on track. If you don’t require immediate attention, Dr. McCoy has put together a guide on how to manage dental emergencies if you’re unable to come into our office.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can be any type of pain or damage caused by physical trauma. This can be a result of an accident, infected tooth, or any incident involving your teeth, lips, gums, cheek, or jaw.
Some emergencies can wait, but for those that can’t, Dr. McCoy and our team will make ourselves available to you. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, try not to panic. The best course of action is to stay calm and give us a call.
How to Treat a Dental Emergency
In case of a dental emergency, Dr. McCoy has listed a few common situations and instructions for what to do when faced with those scenarios.
If you crack, chip, or break a tooth, make sure to get in touch with us right away to prevent further damage and infection. Make sure to keep the area clean by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water and come in as soon as possible.
Don’t attempt to fix the tooth yourself, as you could end up making the issue worse. Dr. McCoy will assess the damage and determine how to restore your tooth back to health.
Toothache or Jaw Pain
If you’re in debilitating pain, it could be a sign of a more serious problem than a minor toothache or jaw discomfort. Dr. McCoy recommends taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and applying a cold compress to relieve any swelling or pain.
If the pain persists, come in for emergency care and we’ll prioritize your treatment to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Once we determine the source of your pain, we’ll provide an effective solution, eliminating your discomfort.
Knocked Out Tooth
Having a tooth knocked out is a common dental injury that requires immediate dental care. If possible, find the tooth and gently clean it to remove any dirt or debris. Put the tooth in a container with milk or your own saliva to preserve the tooth until Dr. McCoy can save it.
Once you come into our office, we’ll evaluate the damage and try to reattach the tooth, depending on the severity of the damage.
Lip or Mouth Injury
If you’ve cut your lip or inner mouth, apply firm pressure with a gauze or clean cloth to stop the bleeding. Dr. McCoy suggests applying a cold compress to the affected area to help relieve pain and reduce any swelling.
Follow those instructions for at least 15 minutes, and if bleeding or pain persists, come in for emergency care and we’ll examine the area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered a dental emergency?
Any dental problem that requires immediate care is considered a dental emergency, such as a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important to call us right away at (610) 358-5690, or if it can wait, follow our instructions listed above.
Other signs that you may need emergency care include nerve damage, severe pain, puncture wounds, and more.
Is a cavity a dental emergency?
In most cases, a minor cavity is not a dental emergency unless you’re experiencing a severe toothache or sudden tooth sensitivity. This can be a sign of something more serious and may require additional treatment, like root canal treatment. If that’s the case, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.
What if I’m not sure if it’s an emergency?
If you’re uncertain, it’s best to contact our office to schedule an appointment so we can assess the damage and determine the best course of action. Sometimes, waiting too long to seek treatment can result in further damage or infection.
What helps relieve tooth pain?
If you’re experiencing a minor toothache, try taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin to alleviate any pain or discomfort. If the pain persists, contact our office for an appointment so we can determine the root of the problem.
Call Dr. McCoy for Emergency Dental Care
Dr. McCoy and our team are dedicated to protecting your oral health and preserving your smile. If you find yourself in a situation where your teeth are in jeopardy, don’t hesitate to contact our practice. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can address the issue and provide the treatment you need.