Emergency Dental Services
Do I Have A Dental Emergency?
If you have a broken, chipped or cracked tooth, then you may have a dental emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If a tooth is severely broken or cracked, this is undoubtedly a medical emergency.
You may also have a dental emergency if you are experiencing severe pain in a tooth or teeth, as such pain may indicate an abscessed tooth.
Along with cosmetic dentistry, American Dental Care provides dental surgery and 24/7 emergency services for the communities of Harrisburg, Bressler and New Cumberland PA. If you think you may need emergency dental care, please call 717-279-5242.
What Can I Do In The Meantime?
In the time before you are able to reach our emergency services, there are things you can do to help alleviate this.
In the case of a broken tooth, be sure to:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with clean, warm water.
- If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a piece of gauze or similar material for about 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops.
- To relieve pain or swelling, apply a cold pack to the face over the location of the broken tooth.
- You can also reduce pain by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- If for whatever reason, you are not able to get to dentist’s office right away, you can cover the affected tooth with temporary dental cement. Temporary dental cement can be found at a local drugstore, CVS or Walmart.
If a tooth has been knocked out entirely, handle the tooth gently and as little as possible. Do not touch the root of the tooth; only touch the chewing surface. If possible, see if you can reinsert the tooth back into its socket, and bite down with a piece of gauze or similar material to keep it in place until you reach a dentist.
If this proves too difficult, your next option is to preserve the tooth in a glass of milk or to hold it within your cheek (though if so, be careful not to swallow the tooth). If possible, apply a wet compress to your mouth to stem any bleeding.
Ideally, you should try to get to a dentist within 30 minutes if a tooth has been knocked out. However, the tooth can still potentially be saved if more than 30 minutes has passed.
If experiencing severe tooth pain, there are several things you can do before reaching a dentist. Swishing and gargling with warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt can relieve the toothache. You can also use apple cider vinegar, which has the added advantage of killing any germs. Soaking a cotton ball in peppermint extract or lemon extract, and holding it in your mouth, can also relieve symptoms.
Along with wisdom teeth removal, American Dental Care provides 24/7 emergency services for the communities of Harrisburg, Bressler and New Cumberland PA. If you think you may need emergency dental care or a root canal dentist, call 717-279-5242 to contact our team of specialists.