How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Did you chip or lose a tooth? Are you bleeding from the mouth? Did a filling or other dental work fall out? If you have an emergency dental issue, call us immediately at (610) 838-0131. Our dentists can normally see emergency patients the same day that they call. If not, we can help you get the help you need – even if we are closed for the day.
Does every emergency require immediate care? Probably not, but our team would much rather hear from you than it get worse. Never worry about calling with your emergency. The point is to help you, not judge how serious the emergency is.
That said, many people what to know how to handle dental emergencies. Here are some tips on what you can do in big and small dental emergencies.
What To Do With Big Dental Emergencies
– You have a deep cut on your lips or the inside of your mouth.
The first thing is to stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure with a sterile gauze or cloth. If the bleeding won’t stop, go to your local emergency room. If you can get the bleeding to stop, call our Hellertown, PA dental office at (610) 838-0131 to see how quickly you can come in. Our team is trained to handle such dental emergencies.
– A dental crown is loose or has come off your tooth.
Whether the crown is loose or comes off, you need to put it back. Most drugstores sell dental cement, a temporary sealant and adhesive. Use it to restore the dental crown to your tooth. Then all us to schedule an emergency appointment. Dental cement is usually only good for a few days. Thankfully, our dentists can restore loose dental crowns.
– You chipped a tooth.
Many times, chipping a tooth can be a shock but there’s little to no pain afterward. Anything strong enough to chip your enamel probably damaged your dental pulp inside the tooth. That’s why you need to call our Hellertown, PA dental office immediately after chipping a tooth. Our dentist have the expertise to examine that tooth and make sure there’s no internal damage.
– Part of your tooth broke off or cracked.
If there is any bleeding, use direct pressure to stop it. Visit your emergency room if you cannot stop the bleeding. If you can get that under control, call us immediately at (610) 838-0131. Even if it’s after hours, you’ll get a special emergency number to call.
– A tooth has been knocked loose.
If your tooth is loose but still in place, try your best to leave it alone. It might be possible to save it. That’s why you need to call Hellertown Dental Group immediately after the injury. Our dentist can usually see you the same day you call.
– A tooth can come out completely.
First, stop any bleeding and visit the emergency room if you cannot. Get the lost tooth if possible. Gently rinse it and put it in a small container with enough water or milk to cover it completely. Then call us immediately for the next available emergency appointment.
What To Do With Small Dental Emergencies
– You have some bleeding after you brush.
While this is not a serious emergency, bleeding after brushing is a clear sign of gum disease. This serious condition can lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss. Call our Hellertown, PA dental office today for an appointment. Our dentists have the advanced training needed to diagnose and treat gum disease.
– You have something stuck between your teeth.
Some foods (like popcorn) can leave hard bits stuck between your teeth. If close to the gumline, this can hurt. Gently use dental floss and try to dislodge whatever it is. You can also vigorously swish water around that spot. If it will not come loose, call our Hellertown, PA dental office and explain what’s going on.
– You have a small cut on your lip or the inside of your mouth.
The key is to stop the bleeding. If you cannot, visit your local emergency room. If you can stop the bleeding and you’re not in much pain, call us to get the next available appointment. Our dentists have the experience to know if the small cut needs more attention.
Call us immediately at (610) 838-0131 if you have any kind of dental emergency. Whether it’s a big emergency or a small one, your Hellertown dentists are here to help.