The winter months are full of dental hazards. Think about it. Sledding, snowball fights, icy sidewalks can be disasters waiting to happen. But if you live in the Quakertown, PA area, you can always rely on Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care to be there during a dental emergency.
Whether you’re experiencing a terrible toothache or knocked a tooth out, we can help you minimize pain and repair the damage quickly.
Read on to learn more about common dental emergencies and ways we can help. Then, call us at (215) 804-4777 if you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency. We work with a service that takes calls from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week!
One quick note: If you’re experiencing bleeding that you can’t seem to get under control, seek immediate medical attention. Then, give us a call to address any dental damage.
Cracked Or Fractured Tooth
Teeth are strong, but they’re not indestructible. Falling, biting down on something hard, and cavities can all crack or fracture a tooth.
So, what should you do when you crack a tooth? Unfortunately, there’s no way to treat it at home. Even if you don’t experience any pain as a result of the damage, it’s still important to see us as soon as possible.
That’s because seemingly minor cracks can worsen over time, sometimes causing damage to the nerves within a tooth. Then, you’ll really have a problem.
How your cracked tooth will be repaired depends on the severity of the damage. Sometimes, the appearance and the health of the tooth can be restored with a dental veneer or dental bonding. For more serious fractures, we may conceal the damage with a dental crown.
Loose Or Knocked-Out Tooth
Knocking out a tooth can be incredibly scary. But if you act quickly (within 30 or so minutes of the accident), you increase the likelihood of saving the tooth. Here’s what you need to do:
- Pick up the tooth from the crown, which is the part that’s typically visible above the gum line. Don’t touch the root of the tooth!
- If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with warm water to remove any dirt and debris. Again, take care not to handle the root of the tooth, and don’t use any soap or chemicals to clean the tooth.
- Once the tooth is clean, try to put the tooth back in the socket. Push it gently into place, and hold the tooth in place, either with your fingers or by gently biting down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, put it in a small container of milk. Don’t use water for this, as it could damage the root of the tooth.
Then, come to Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care as soon as possible! We’ll assess the damage and help you determine the best course of action.
For as small as a tooth is, it can really cause a lot of pain. If you’re experiencing an intense toothache — particularly if it’s accompanied by swelling and sensitivity — it could be a sign of a serious infection or abscess.
You can apply a cold compress to the side of your face to counter any swelling. Over-the-counter pain medications are also sometimes effective at temporarily relieving pain. But it’s important to treat the underlying issue, especially if it’s an infection. This may require a root canal procedure.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Oh, great. A root canal.”
But at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we’re able to provide a pain-free root canal. We’ll prescribe you antibiotics before the procedure to help eliminate the infection. Then, we’ll numb the area using our practice’s string-free local anesthesia. (Bonus: Any patient who receives anesthesia gets a milkshake after the procedure!)
To further minimize stress and discomfort, we also offer three forms of dental sedation:
- Nitrous oxide: This fast-acting form of sedation will provide a sense of calm or mild euphoria. All you have to do is breathe the nitrous oxide through a small mask.
- Oral sedation: This form of dental sedation involves a pill that you take before your procedure. It’ll help you relax.
- IV sedation: This is the deepest form of sedation we offer. It’s administered intravenously and allows you to experience your procedure while in a dream-like state.
At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we have extensive experience with root canal therapy. In fact, we’ve performed more than 3,000 root canals with a success rate of over 99 percent. You’ll feel great about the care you receive.
High-Quality Care During A Dental Emergency
If you want to make sure you experience high-quality dental care in the event of a dental emergency, keep our number on your refrigerator!