Your Dentist In Harrisburg Accepts Dental Emergencies – Always Call!
Did you know that 14% of people will experience a dental emergency of some kind during their lifetime? It’s important to have a proper action plan ready when they do happen, so here are some common emergencies and how you can handle them.
Toothache – The pain of a toothache can come in many variations. It can be sudden and piercing, or more of a throb. The cause can be due to decay, a broken tooth, a crack, an infection, a lost restoration, and more. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against your cheek. If your cheek is swollen, use a cool compress intermittently. But the important thing to do is call us at (717) 678-7073 and make an appointment. Toothaches may subside, but the pain will return 100%. Teeth do not heal on their own and need our help. We’ll relieve the pain and address the issue quickly.
Chipped Or Broken Tooth – If you chip or break a tooth, call us at American Dental Care of Harrisburg immediately. If the chip or break is due to an impact, rinse your mouth as soon as possible to remove any possible debris or dirt. Sports injuries are a major cause of these injuries, so be sure to always wear a mouthguard during any sport where there’s a risk of contact with another player or any surface. We can make a professionally fitted mouthguard for you right here in our office.
Knocked-Out Tooth – Bite on a clean cloth or gauze if you have it. This will help stop any bleeding. For a permanent tooth, gently rinse it holding it by the crown (white enamel part) only, remove the gauze, and place the tooth back in its socket. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a container and cover it with milk or saline solution. Either way, come to us immediately. If possible, call us at (717) 678-7073 first so that we can be prepared to immediately deliver our compassionate care.
Extruded Tooth – An extruded tooth is a tooth that is partially displaced from its natural position, usually due to an impact and is often sports related. If you have a tooth pushed inward or outward, don’t force the tooth back into position. Call us, your dentist in Harrisburg, for immediate assistance.
Badly Bitten Lip Or Tongue – If there is bleeding, use a clean cloth or gauze and press down on the cut. If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to help reduce the swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, you should be seen by an ER doctor who will assess if you require stitches or not.
Something Stuck Between Teeth – First, never poke between your teeth with a pin or similar sharp, pointy object as it can cut your gums, cause infection, or scratch your tooth’s enamel. Always use dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can't remove it, call (717) 678-7073. And here’s a tip: Never ever flush your floss … or you’ll have another type of emergency that only a plumber can fix!