Dental emergencies are scary. The most important thing is to have a dentist who is there for you when you need them. Friendly Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group makes you a priority and will do all that we can to help you if you have a dental emergency.
What counts as a dental emergency?
Dr. Garrubba Talks about Dental Emergencies Read Transcript
If someone has a dental emergency, if it's a cracked tooth or a painful tooth, we can almost always get you in the same day or the very next day. There's always a way we'll work you in and we'll take care of what needs to be taken care of. Whether it's just to get you out of pain, to direct you in the right way to get you out of pain, or even just to see you and assess the situation and give you piece of mind of what needs to be done in order to correct it.
- Cracked Tooth – The severity of the crack has a great deal to do with how quickly we’ll need to treat your tooth. Saving your tooth may require a veneer, crown, or some other restorative dentistry technique.
- Broken Tooth – Just like with a crack, the severity of the break will determine whether you have a true dental emergency on your hands. In general, a broken tooth is a condition that you will want to get taken care of as quickly as you can. This is because the break will cause pain, could leave you at risk of infection in the area, and could even lead to an extraction.
- Knocked-Out Tooth – Time is of the essence when it comes to saving a tooth that has been knocked out. Contact your trusted Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group immediately to seek help. If your tooth cannot be reinserted into your mouth, we have several options to help fill the open spot in your smile. Dental implants and bridges are some of our most common tooth replacement options.
Do I need an appointment to see the dentist?
If someone has a dental emergency, we work a lot of hours here at Hellertown Dental Group. Most of the time we can get them in that day, or if not that day, the next day. If not, they can call the office and leave a message on the machine, and it will contact either Dr. Marie or I, and we can call them and try to help them.
What should I do if I have an emergency after hours?
Life does not care about what the hours of business are for a dentist. It will throw dental emergencies at you whenever it feels like it. If your emergency occurs after we have closed for the day, our voicemail will provide an after-hours number for you to call. You will receive the instructions that you need to move forward and have your situation taken care of.
What should I do if I have a tooth knocked out?
The first thing you should do is call Hellertown Dental Group. Once you have informed us of the situation and made arrangements to come in to have it taken care of, you will want to attend to the tooth. Some things to be aware of:
Do not touch the root of the tooth. Pick your tooth up by the top part (crown) only.
Wash it with warm water. This will remove any debris that may have gotten into the delicate areas of your tooth.
Submerge the tooth in milk. This will help preserve your tooth while you are waiting to have it reinserted by your chosen Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group. If you cannot use milk, we suggest putting the tooth inside your mouth and holding it in your cheek. This will keep it moist and safe while you wait.
What is an abscess?
An abscess is a dangerous situation that requires immediate medical attention. An abscess is caused by an infection in your gums. The infection causes a pocket (abscess) to form within your gum tissue. You will usually have pain, pressure, and swelling, and the area will be warm to the touch. If left untreated, the abscess will grow and claim your tooth, and maybe even more. Antibiotics are required, and a root canal may also be necessary to clear the cause of the infection.
Call Hellertown, PA dentist at 484-858-0949 immediately in case of dental emergencies. If you don’t have dental emergencies, you can ask us questions, leave comments, or schedule your appointment online using our online form.