No one plans for a dental emergency! Emergencies come out of nowhere and disrupt a day when you least expect it. If you or someone you know is experiencing a dental emergency the best steps to take are stay calm, figure out the cause of the pain and contact your dentist right away. In a dental emergency, our team will do our best to get you into our office for same-day care. When you call our office, one of our team members will ask questions to find out the urgency of your dental emergency. They will also advise you with tips on first aid and pain management until you are able to be seen. We allow time slots for dental emergencies throughout the day, so call right away if you need treatment fast.
If you are unsure if your tooth problem needs to be addressed right away, our team can help you schedule an appointment to be checked out. It’s never a good idea to put off addressing a toothache or other dental problem, as symptoms can worsen with time. Common dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out tooth or dental restoration
- Chipped, cracked, broken or fractured teeth
- Damaged dentures
- Soft tissue lacerations
- Severe toothache that sometimes requires root canal therapy
First Aid and Pain Management Tip & Tricks
Our team is happy to walk you through first aid advice over the phone that specifically addresses your need; however, if you would like to find out recommendations before calling, the following tips and tricks are often recommended.
- Knocked out tooth or dental restoration
If you have a knocked-out tooth or restoration, locate your missing tooth if possible. Always pick up a tooth or restoration by the top of the tooth, never the bottom. You can carefully rinse your tooth or restoration with cool water but be careful to not remove any natural tissues. Gently swish water around in your mouth to remove any blood or debris. If possible, reinsert the tooth or restoration. If this is not possible, you can store it in milk or water until you are able to be seen.
- Cracked, broken or fractured tooth or restoration
First, check that no surrounding teeth or gums are damaged from the injured tooth or restoration. Next, carefully swish water through your mouth to slow any bleeding and remove any leftover debris. Then carefully bite down on sterile, damp gauze to stop any bleeding and protect your damaged tooth. Once you remove the gauze and the bleeding has stopped you can cover any sharp areas with dental wax that is often used by patients with braces. Bring any large pieces that have broken off into your dental office at your scheduled visit.
- Damaged partial or full denture
If you are experiencing any discomfort with your denture or if it seems to be bent, broken or doesn’t fit securely, call us right away. Many times, your damaged prosthetic can be fixed in-office by one of our experienced dentists. If the damage is extensive, your denture will need to be sent to our lab to ensure that it is fully fixed and fits comfortably again. Do not continue to wear your damaged denture, as it can cause problems with your remaining teeth or gums. Store your denture in cleaning solution or water until you are able to be seen.
- Severe toothache
When faced with a toothache, a few things can be done to eliminate any causes of the pain. First, floss around the area of pain to remove any food that could be causing pain. Then, swish warm salt water in your mouth to help with any present infection or pain. If pain still persists, take over the counter pain medication as necessary and call us right away.
If you are faced with a dental emergency in Ephrata, PA, call Ephrata Family Dentistry right away! We will work hard to address your pain. Once your pain has been treated, we can discuss any further treatment necessary. No matter the damage, our team will provide a solution and help you get your smile back!