Needless to say, no one ever plans for a dental emergency to happen. But, when one does, it is important to have a plan, so you can get the care you need without delay. In many situations, an hour here or there could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth! Fortunately for Willow Grove, urgent dental care is just a phone call away with Advanced Smile Design. When you contact us, we’ll work to see you as soon as possible, even on the weekends, so we can help solve your problem as quickly as we can.
Ideally, you’d be able to head straight to our dental office as soon as a dental emergency occurs. However, we all know that life can get in the way sometimes! There a few things you can do on your own to help with the most common dental emergencies, and we recommend taking the steps outlined below if you’re unable to reach our dental office right away for any reason. These should help provide some temporary relief and increase the chances of our team being able to save a tooth:
Is something stuck between the teeth? Try rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth and see if this helps. If not, the problem is likely due to a cavity or crack in the enamel, in which case an OTC medication can help manage any pain.
Start by gently rinsing the mouth with warm water. Try to pick up any pieces of the tooth that you can, and place them in a safe container. Be sure to bring them to our dental office. The remaining tooth may have a jagged edge, and to prevent it from cutting the mouth, it can be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax.
You need to move fast in this situation as we can only reattach a tooth about an hour or so after it has been dislodged. Find the tooth, rinse off any debris without touching the root, and try to place it back into its socket. If it won’t stay, store it in a container of either milk or saltwater.
Try to recover the restoration and rinse it off before attempting to place it back onto the tooth. A little toothpaste can help with this, but DON’T use any other kind of adhesive. Avoid chewing with the tooth until we can see you to repair it.
It’s important to know that there is no set cost for treating a dental emergency. Our treatment recommendations will be based solely on the needs of a patient. One person might just need a small filling, while another may require a root canal and crown. Our goal is always to get someone out of pain before addressing any structural damage. For patients/parents concerned about an unexpected dental expense, we accept dental insurance, offer low-to-no interest financing, and even have our own In-House Savings Plan.
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