Accidents are inevitable and we cannot always plan ahead for emergencies. Unfortunately for many, dental emergencies constitute the majority of all midnight ER visits which is why our dental facility in Philadelphia works round-the-clock with incredible dental emergency care for such accidents.
If you’re in pain or in dire need of dental assistance, you can contact our team at Prime Dentistry to book an appointment with our 24-hour dentist to get appropriate treatment for dental emergencies after hours. For same-day urgent dental care, you can call our office to have you in for an examination ASAP.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Knowing the difference between urgent and non-urgent dental care can save you a futile visit to the emergency ward and can also essentially save your tooth. For example, if you’re in severe dental pain or have lacerations on your gums, cheeks, or tongue, needless to say, this would qualify as an urgent dental emergency.
Our dentist’s office will be able to schedule you for immediate dental care treatment, often same-day appointments, in such cases. We are also usually able to treat walk-in patients.
You’ll need immediate care for the following cases of urgent dental emergencies:
- Severe toothache
- Dental abscess
- Loose tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Excessive bleeding
- A broken tooth or where a large chunk of the tooth is missing
- Large crack or chip in the tooth
- Lost filling or crown
- Foreign object lodged in a tooth or in between two teeth
- Swelling to the face
How to get Emergency Dental Care?
If you have a dental emergency and are in the Philadelphia region, please call our dental office – Prime Dentistry – as soon as possible. You’ll be queried on your situation by our phone operator so that he/she can help you in the most efficient way possible. They may offer temporary management techniques to help you manage your pain or trauma until you can safely come in for an appointment with our expert 24-hour dentists.
If your dental problem does not seem to come under a ‘dental emergency’ you will be given an appointment time the following day. This is because the main objective of an emergency dental treatment is to stop the pain or bleeding as soon as possible, after which you’ll be asked to return to have the underlying cause of your problem examined, diagnosed, and resolved.
- Tooth abscess:
What is it?
Tooth abscess occurs when the bacteria from the infection started concentrating around your tooth root and the surrounding bone. Gum abscess, on the other hand, occurs when the infection is caught between the gums and the tooth, thus building up under the gums and eventually the bone.
The abscess can be severely painful and swollen but is your body’s defensive method to help prevent the spread of infection to the other parts of your body.
What can you do?
Regular brushing and flossing, especially after a meal are crucial elements that can help prevent an infection from forming. However, if an abscess has formed, it can be healed quickly by visiting our emergency dentist immediately.
While you’re readying yourself to come in for an emergency dental appointment, you can thoroughly clean the area, treat the infection with warm saline water, and allow the pus to drain and escape.
- Broken/fractured tooth
What is it?
You may encounter fractures or chipped teeth especially if you partake in contact sports or due to unprecedented accidents. There are many different types of fractures that may be treated in different ways, depending on the severity and complexity:
- Craze lines: These are minor cracks that typically do not extend beyond the enamel of the tooth. Our dentist may need to only polish the area to smoothen these out.
- Chips: Minor chips are usually nothing to be scared about as they usually do not require any treatment. These chips do not cause pain so they are not much of a cause for concern.
- Cracked tooth: When the fracture occurs such that the whole tooth, from the enamel to the nerve, is affected. Early diagnosis is crucial as these cracks tend to gradually spread and worsen beyond repair.
- Serious breaks: This type of tooth fracture almost always causes tooth sensitivity and aches, often accompanied by bleeding.
- Split tooth: This type of break can occur when the tooth has split vertically into separate parts. Vertical root fractures also occur when the root portion is completely separated.
What can you do?
You should see an emergency dentist as soon as you have fractured or broken a tooth. In the meantime, you can follow these steps to relieve the pain and swelling:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and salt.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen.
- Cover the broken portion of your tooth with wax paraffin or sugar-free chewing gum to prevent the sharp edges from cutting your tongue or mouth.
- Stick to eating soft foods and avoid using your broken tooth to chew.